Vols Kick Off Spring Drills on Tuesday


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Riding a wave of momentum to close the 2019 season, Tennessee football returns to the field for the start of 2020 spring practice on Tuesday afternoon. A total of 15 workouts culminate with the Chevrolet Orange & White Game at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 18 in Neyland Stadium.

The Chevrolet Orange & White Game will be carried live on SEC Network+ via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN App. It will also be carried on affiliates of the Vol Network with pre-game air time at 3:45 p.m. ET.

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Admission and parking is FREE for the Chevrolet Orange & White Game. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Vol Village in Lot 9 will open at noon. Located directly west of Neyland Stadium, Vol Village will feature music, face painting, photo opportunities with Smokey and the spirit squad, food vendors, inflatables, giveaways, interactive areas, autographs with VFLs and other activities.

Third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt welcomes back a talented squad, a newly-signed top-10 recruiting class and 98.5 percent of the Vols’ total offense from a year ago. Tennessee reeled off six consecutive victories, finished 5-3 in SEC play and won the Gator Bowl over Indiana. The team carries the second-longest active winning streak among Power Five programs into its season-opener on Sept. 5 against Charlotte.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.