Vols Football Continues Push Towards Orange and White Game

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Knoxville-(WDEF-TV) The Vols enjoyed a perfect afternoon for spring football practice on Thursday. News 12’s Angela Moryan hit Rocky Top to see where the team is at
during Josh Heupel’s first spring tenure with the Big Orange.

REPORTER: IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THERE’S JUST ONE WEEK LEFT OF SPRING PRACTICE FOR NEW HEAD COACH JOSH HEUPEL AND THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS. TODAY’S 10TH PRACTICE FOCUSED A LOT ON PASSING AND ROUTE RUNNING. YOU CAN SEE HOW HEUPEL IS TRYING TO IMPRESS THAT FAST PACED OFFENSE JUST BY HOW FAST PACED THE PRACTICES ARE. IN FACT OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS COACH MIKE EKELER SAYS THE DEFENSE HAS HAD THEIR HANDS FULL. NOT ONLY ARE THEY TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THEIR OWN NEW DEFENSIVE SCHEMES, THEY’RE HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE FAST PACED NEW OFFENSIVE SCHEMES AS WELL. EITHER WAY, EKELER SAYS IT SHOWS HOW HARDWORKING THIS TEAM IS.

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SAID EKELER: Our offense, they play faster than heck now. It’s a process of putting in a new defense and then playing with that sort of tempo. it’s been a process, but every single day we’ve seen these guys take steps forward. Every single day they just love to go out there. They’d practice every day if we’d let them.”

REPORTER: THE VOLS HAVE ONE MORE SCRIMMAGE THIS SATURDAY BEFORE THE ORANGE AND WHITE GAME NEXT WEEK, APRIL 24TH.

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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.