- Jul 27, 2022
Just wanted to share something that really stuck out to me when listening to the players talk at media days yesterday. In the final minute of the video, Flowers talks about the work ethic and focus of the younger guys Heupel has brought in. Mentions how as a freshman under Pruitt he never saw anyone come in on off-days and put in extra work on their own. I was a student at UT during Butch's years and can say from first-hand experience this was one of the biggest flaws of his teams as well. Obviously not going to name names, but many of UT's best players at that time were caught up in the celebrity status of being a football player at UT (partying, girls, etc.) than winning championships.
This is the healthiest I've seen the culture in my years of being a Tennessee fan. We still lack depth to be a guaranteed contender in the SEC but if the injury bug stays away and we get a few lucky bounces this team has the mindset and culture to make some real noise this fall.