The only thing better than waking up on a Saturday morning prepared to watch Tennessee play football is waking up after the Vols have won a huge bowl game.
Tennessee took Northwestern to the woodshed Friday with a 45-6 beatdown of the Wildcats in the Outback Bowl. While bowl news was prominent in our Vols coverage, there were also a few other things going on as the weekend approached.
Here are five things to know:
- Just like at home in Knoxville, Tenn., fans and players participated in a pre-game “Vol Walk” prior to the Outback Bowl.
- Not only did Tennessee pick up a commitment Friday from a recruit with an NFL lineage, but the Vols reportedly landed a second recruit later in the day as well.
- After a 45-6 beatdown of Northwestern in Friday’s Outback Bowl, coach Butch Jones shared both happiness and a notion that there’s still work to be done: “I’m excited that we’re getting back to where we need to be.”
- It wasn’t a sure thing that running back Jalen Hurd was going to play in the Outback Bowl Friday after tweaking his hamstring in practice this past week. But once he got on the field, he thrived.
- Tennessee might not be the academic juggernaut Northwestern is, but defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie took to Twitter to let everyone know GPAs don’t count on the football field.
Other Tennessee news from around the Internet
- Evan Berry treated his 100-yard Outback Bowl interception for a score just like it was a kick return, according to Matt Slovin of The Tennessean.
- Dustin Dopirak of the Knoxville News Sentinel wrote that Northwestern had no real plan of defense for tight end Alex Ellis catching a pass for Tennessee during the Outback Bowl.
- “A victory big enough for two seasons” is what John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel called Tennessee’s Outback Bowl win.
The best stories around the SEC
- Some of the Gators, including coach Jim McElwain, feel that Florida let it’s foot off the gas after clinching the SEC East.
- Former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has a younger brother playing high school football and doing “The Dab,” as well.
- LSU coach Les Miles has a new defensive coordinator in Dave Aranda. The university announced the hire of the former Wisconsin defensive coordinator who took the Badgers to great heights on Friday.
- Not only is Laremy Tunsil a dominating offensive tackle for Ole Miss, but watch him catch a touchdown pass during the Sugar Bowl, too.