It’s the last week of the college football regular season, which means Thanksgiving has arrived. That holiday presents a unique challenge for football programs, who still have business to take care of on Friday or Saturday.
Jeremy Pruitt detailed his plan for the next couple of days on Wednesday.
“We’ll go at 8:30 in the morning, so if there’s local guys that can get home within an hour, two hours and they want to take somebody with them, and every coach will have his group over at their house, if they’re not going somewhere,” Pruitt said. “And tomorrow night I’ll have everybody else.”
Tennessee sits at 6-5 on the season and will finish the year against Vanderbilt, who is 3-8 on the season. The Volunteers have already clinched a bowl bid, but they’ve dropped three straight games against the Commodores. Motivation probably won’t be an issue on Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium.
But before all of that, everyone gets a break. Jeremy Pruitt told the media this week that he’s a big fan of Thanksgiving, which goes hand in hand with football.
“I’ve said before, this probably is my favorite holiday, and it’s always fun to play football, to me, on Thanksgiving,” Pruitt said. “I started off as a high school coach, and if you were playing on Thanksgiving, it meant you were having a pretty good year. It’s a special time, and it’s something that we all need to reflect on and look and appreciate the things and the opportunities that have been given to us and be thankful for them.”
Thanksgiving tidbits from Tennessee players
Marquez Callaway is a big fan of desserts. He also admitted that he doesn’t like cheese — so much so that he picks it off of his pizza.
#Vols’ Marquez Callaway was asked about his favorite Thanksfgiving dish and promptly mentioned greens before listing every dessert ever invented in recorded human history.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 27, 2019
Henry To’o To’o is also looking forward to the dessert table.... and Skittles.
Every year, players get asked about their favorite Thanksgiving foods.— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) November 26, 2019
Finally heard a couple interesting answers this year.
Nigel Warrior makes mac and cheese, where the most important ingredient is love.
Henry To’oto’o just wants chocolate pie, ice cream ... and skittles.
Jauan Jennings? Well, he just needs a bottle of hot sauce to make him happy.
#Vols’ Jauan Jennings on his favorite Thanksgiving dish: Hot sauce. I put it on everything except the key lime pie.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) November 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving from the Rocky Top Talk staff!