Vols Holding Open Practice For Fans on Saturday


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee fans will get their first glimpse of head coach Josh Heupel‘s 2021 Volunteers at 10 a.m. Saturday as the football program holds an open practice free to the public in Neyland Stadium.

All fans should enter through Gate 21, and the game day clear bag policy will be in effect. Gate 21 will open beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Ongoing COVID-19 protocols will be in effect, including face coverings upon entry and movement through the stadium. Physical distancing in the lower bowl of Neyland Stadium will be enforced.

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Free parking will be available in lot G10 

Should inclement weather move the practice indoors, Saturday’s practice would be closed to the public. Follow @Vol_Football for more information.

Concessions located near Gate 21 will be open with a limited menu.

The normal game day prohibited items list will be enforced. Autographs will be prohibited.

Heupel, a national champion and eight-time conference champion, enters his first season at the helm of Tennessee. He produced a stellar 28-8 record at UCF and brings a pedigree of prolific offenses to Knoxville. The 2018 National Coach of the Year finalist was the architect of an offensive unit that ranked in the FBS top 10 in points per game in each of his three seasons in Orlando.

Spring practice culminates with the Chevrolet Orange & White Game at 4 p.m. on April 24 in Neyland Stadium. Further details regarding the spring game will be announced soon.

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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.