KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Despite the ups and downs this season, the Vols emphasis on energy is at an all-time high this week.
Head coach Butch Jones has made it clear that Team 120 isn’t just focused on X’s and O’s, but also the chest bumps and high-fives that come after the play. It’s a new outlook on the game that wasn’t there at the beginning of the season.
“I think it could’ve had some stuff to do with expectations and you know I feel like there was a lot of pressure on us,” said junior offensive lineman Brett Kendrick.
Players spoke about the newfound energy at a press conference Tuesday.
“We talked all last week about this being a child’s game and it’s what we fell in love with playing when we were kids growing up out in the back yard on the playground,” said Kendrick. “I think we played more loose on Saturday, and so we just decided we were going to go out there and have fun with it.”