Vols looking ahead to football season

Published: Jun. 5, 2020 at 6:16 PM EDT
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It isn’t quite football time in Tennessee, but Coach Jeremy Pruitt’s players are making their way back to campus with voluntary physical workouts beginning next week. That's the kind of team bonding Vince Ferrara of our media partner WNML says is essential, ”Getting them back to feeling like the team aspect of it, and yeah we’ve been doing our own thing and staying in touch with the coaches and players, but now it’s time to get back to the team aspect even though it won’t be close to what it has been.”

Players can begin drills on Monday, those drills will not include touching footballs, something these guys had little opportunity to do back in the spring.

"With two practices and a couple of viewing periods there wasn’t enough to really witness what they’re about but what they look like is like Jeremy Pruitt guys with energy and guys who are about teaching all the time," said Ferrara.

The adjustment period begins for the Tennessee Football players who during the two week period prior to their return have been conducting screenings with the staff via phone, getting educated if you will, about what to expect upon their arrival... Things like temperature checks and Tests for Covid-19. The approximately 90 student-athletes will be required , with few exceptions (such as during cardiovascular training), to wear masks. Workouts will be conducted in smaller groups, and social distancing measures will be in place. And locker rooms will remain closed and off limits at this time, measures being taken with the safety of players and coaches in mind says head coach Jeremy Pruitt, ”We’re excites about getting ready for this season. There’s gonna be lots of unknowns and we ha e to be ready to adapt but I think our background of being high school coaches a lot of us, you kind of do with what you got. I think we can be creative and it will be a edge for us.”

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