Vols Anxious to Debut ‘Dangerous’ Offense


Tennessee took their turn at the microphone on Tuesday at SEC Media Days. Josh Heupel’s new up-tempo offense proved to be a popular topic for reporters to inquire about.

Said receiver Velus Jones Jr.”Man, this is a dream come trues. Growing up as a kid as a receiver, you dream about catching a lot of footballs, and I’m so excited. I couldn’t even believe it when they announced Coach Heupel as the coach. I did my research and stuff, and we’re goign to have a lot of fun as a receiving corps and tight ends. I know I will feel like a kid in a candy store.

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Added defensive back Alontae Taylor:”I think you’ve all seen the numbers that they’ve put up at other places. It’s very dangerous. I feel like spring was a small taste of what our offense can do.”

Tennessee still has to find a trigger man for the fast and furious attack. The Vols added Michigan transfer QB Joe Milton after spring workouts, making for a crowded quarterback room.

Said head coach Josh Heupel: “Competition’s the greatest friend that any coach has. You have to have it in that room. It’s going to drive the players inside of it when you’re not there. To me, Joe’s got a unique skill set. Strong arm and an accurate passer. I think he’s a very bright young man that has picked up on what we do so far really well.”

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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.