Vols take center stage at SEC media days

Vols take center stage at SEC media days

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Jacques Smith's Tennessee orange blazer drew some attention from members of the media. Jacques Smith's Tennessee orange blazer drew some attention from members of the media.
"At linebacker, you standup, drop, you do a lot of things. I like being down on the ground and being able to just blow past that tackle and go get the quarterback," Smith said. "At linebacker, you standup, drop, you do a lot of things. I like being down on the ground and being able to just blow past that tackle and go get the quarterback," Smith said.
"We're all out here. This is SEC Media Day. Each team has three representatives. We're just out here to represent our teams and represent our teams well," said offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James. "We're all out here. This is SEC Media Day. Each team has three representatives. We're just out here to represent our teams and represent our teams well," said offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James.
"I think we're trying to reach everyone and tell our story," said University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones. "I think we're trying to reach everyone and tell our story," said University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones.

HOOVER, Ala. (WATE) - They're slick and they're meant to sell Tennessee football to anyone who will watch.

"I think we're trying to reach everyone and tell our story," said University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones. "The commercial was a great deal. The people at our institution did a great job in promotions and getting our story across."

Jones has come to SEC Media Days as a new kid on the block. Competing for attention with the likes of Johnny Manziel isn't easy.

"We're not really trying to draw attention, we're just here to talk about Tennessee football and our values that we established this spring," said defensive lineman Jacques Smith.

"We're all out here. This is SEC Media Day. Each team has three representatives. We're just out here to represent our teams and represent our teams well," said offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James.

"It's a process, but when you win, it garners attention. But again, we're only responsible for what we can control," said Jones.

He and the Vols are getting some of the spotlight down in Alabama. All of this is just a first step in rebuilding a program that once commanded national attention.

"It was great. It definitely fired me up. I am ready to run thru the T and play for him," said Smith.

But the event wasn't just a football hypefest. It was also a fashion show. And Smith has stepped onto the stage.

Jacques and his jacket got plenty of attention Wednesday.

We asked him if he borrowed his coat from former UT head basketball coach Bruce Pearl.

"I knew that question was coming. Yeah, I took a number from Bruce," he said.

But once the game starts, he hopes to do the same with his style of play.

"At linebacker, you standup, drop, you do a lot of things. I like being down on the ground and being able to just blow past that tackle and go get the quarterback," Smith said.

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