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Tennessee at SEC Media Days: Live updates, highlights from Josh Heupel’s press conference

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It’s Tennessee’s turn at SEC Media Days. Josh Heupel will hold his first press conference at the event today, set to begin at 11:30 am ET. SEC Network will have the live coverage and you can stream the event on the ESPN app.

Heupel will face questions on his initial few months in Knoxville as he tries to jolt the Volunteers back to life. He’ll face questions on the quarterback situation, the transfer portal, potential NCAA sanctions from the previous staff, and the new NIL era.

Veteran players Alontae Taylor and Velus Jones Jr. will join Heupel and also spend some time with the media.

Live updates from Heupel’s press conference will follow, along with any other quotes from Taylor or Jones. Check back for more detailed reports later in the day.

LIVE UPDATES: Tennessee at 2021 SEC Media Days

  • Heupel laying out some facts on offense. In the last four seasons, Tennessee has been among the bottom teams in that category — a big reason why Heupel was hired.
  • Taylor also said he’s turned away NIL opportunities, focusing on football instead for now.
  • Alontae Taylor speaks on losing so many to the portal.
  • Velus Jones speaks on Tennessee’s culture change this offseason, along with some praise for Heupel.
  • Heupel also mentioned that Tennessee has nearly reached the 80 percent vaccination mark.
  • Main takeaway from Heupel’s presser: He’s embracing Tennessee traditions and history, but applying a new-age approach, and it begins with relationships within the building.
  • More on Milton.
  • Heupel once again stresses offensive balance, speaking of opportunities for the running backs.
  • Speaking on taking a new-age approach, Heupel did mention alternate uniform options.
  • Heupel acknowledges the challenge ahead of building Tennessee back.
  • Heupel put the sell-job on for Knoxville, pointing out Tennessee’s popularity on social media while speaking on NIL opportunities.
  • Heupel explains his emphasis on relationships within the program, saying that it was the top thing his players asked for following his arrival.
  • Heupel on QB Joe Milton earlier this morning: “He’s been great inside of our team room, inside of our locker room, has gained a lot of trust from the guys that are around him. But there’s so much growth that can happen for every player, but for quarterbacks, after you finish spring ball, through summer, get a chance to re-digest the playbook.”

More on that here.

  • Heupel will take the podium at 11:30 am ET, live from Hoover.