Summer workouts and other info from The War Room

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"Summer workouts continue for the Vols and probably the biggest news to date remains the fact that no football player has tested positive for COVID-19. Again not everyone is here. Some will arrive in another week following the July 4th holiday and some came this week following Father’s Day and this is a voluntary workout period.

As expected with no pads on it’s the skill position guys that generate the most buzz. Everyone continues to talk about the newcomers at receiver like Jimmy Holiday, Jimmy Callaway and Jaylin Hyatt. Running back Tee Hodge has gotten the attention of some with his work ethic both on the field and in the film room as he tries to learn the offense as quickly as he can.

With Tim Jordan gone, there is a real opportunity for a freshman in the running back rotation behind Ty Chandler and Eric Gray.

As for the quarterbacks, routes on air have gone well in terms of improving timing with the new guys, but as it was said best to us this week, the evaluation for that position is all about 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work. It doesn’t feel like at this point that anyone is leaving that quarterback. That certainly could change but it doesn’t feel like there’s going to be any movement there as of today.

Voluntary activities continue through July 12th before things become required activities which is why some of the coaches have been finishing up a few last days of vacation, before they hope everything gets really hectic.

While there’s been excitement over the fact that athletes are back in town, there is some concern about things with college football this fall as the number of cases of COVID-19 grows around the country. The plan is still to play football but the spike in cases has been a reality check for some as to the level of challenges the administrators face in putting together a plan for an ever moving target. It’s not just a play for games, but also a play for daily life.

You have the first priority which is keeping student athletes well. Then you have questions regarding when are you bringing back the full support staff people in the program/athletic department. What are you going to do about media and access. Some people around think all practice access for all sports will be halted and media interviews will all be done via Zoom. Others think it’s way too early to make any suggestion as to what it might look like on not only a game day but also a game week.

Then there is the question about fans. Will they be allowed and if so how many if games are played? That’s the million dollar question everyone wants to know. There’s a real vibe that those decisions may be up to the individual school/team or franchise and the city the game is played in meaning it’s possible that there’s not a standard SEC wide attendance rule and wouldn’t be a standard attendance rule in the NFL either. But the reality is that anything you hear at this point regarding football this fall is nothing but speculation on a subject that continues to change daily.

Tennessee is producing a mini-documentary on the late Johnny Majors. The documentary should be complete in July and will air at some point on one of the ESPN family of network channels, either ESPNU or the SEC Network."​
 
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"Summer workouts continue for the Vols and probably the biggest news to date remains the fact that no football player has tested positive for COVID-19. Again not everyone is here. Some will arrive in another week following the July 4th holiday and some came this week following Father’s Day and this is a voluntary workout period.​
As expected with no pads on it’s the skill position guys that generate the most buzz. Everyone continues to talk about the newcomers at receiver like Jimmy Holiday, Jimmy Callaway and Jaylin Hyatt. Running back Tee Hodge has gotten the attention of some with his work ethic both on the field and in the film room as he tries to learn the offense as quickly as he can.​
With Tim Jordan gone, there is a real opportunity for a freshman in the running back rotation behind Ty Chandler and Eric Gray.​
As for the quarterbacks, routes on air have gone well in terms of improving timing with the new guys, but as it was said best to us this week, the evaluation for that position is all about 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 work. It doesn’t feel like at this point that anyone is leaving that quarterback. That certainly could change but it doesn’t feel like there’s going to be any movement there as of today.​
Voluntary activities continue through July 12th before things become required activities which is why some of the coaches have been finishing up a few last days of vacation, before they hope everything gets really hectic.​
While there’s been excitement over the fact that athletes are back in town, there is some concern about things with college football this fall as the number of cases of COVID-19 grows around the country. The plan is still to play football but the spike in cases has been a reality check for some as to the level of challenges the administrators face in putting together a plan for an ever moving target. It’s not just a play for games, but also a play for daily life.​
You have the first priority which is keeping student athletes well. Then you have questions regarding when are you bringing back the full support staff people in the program/athletic department. What are you going to do about media and access. Some people around think all practice access for all sports will be halted and media interviews will all be done via Zoom. Others think it’s way too early to make any suggestion as to what it might look like on not only a game day but also a game week.​
Then there is the question about fans. Will they be allowed and if so how many if games are played? That’s the million dollar question everyone wants to know. There’s a real vibe that those decisions may be up to the individual school/team or franchise and the city the game is played in meaning it’s possible that there’s not a standard SEC wide attendance rule and wouldn’t be a standard attendance rule in the NFL either. But the reality is that anything you hear at this point regarding football this fall is nothing but speculation on a subject that continues to change daily.
Tennessee is producing a mini-documentary on the late Johnny Majors. The documentary should be complete in July and will air at some point on one of the ESPN family of network channels, either ESPNU or the SEC Network."​
Thanks for the post. Most of us are starving for some info..........any info that's not negative. "But the reality is that anything you hear at this point regarding football this fall is nothing but speculation on a subject that continues to change daily" pretty much says it all. I think we'll play; too much (economics) depends on it.
 

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