KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — With three injured captains, Tennessee coach Butch Jones is looking to fill a leadership void down the stretch.
The Volunteers are coming off a chaotic week, getting upset at South Carolina followed by veteran tailback Jalen Hurd’s sudden decision to leave the program. They no longer control their own path to the SEC Championship, either, so Jones simply wants his team to focus on being 1-0 this week.
“We talked about leadership, I asked our football team, who is our leaders in the locker room?” Jones said.
“Who is our leaders Monday through Friday getting everyone juiced and ready to go? Who is the leaders in the locker room before the game? Who is the leaders making sure everything is getting done?”
On Friday’s podcast, WMNL’s Josh Ward discusses moving forward from the Jalen Hurd sage, chatting with SEC’s Country’s Jesse Simonton on how the situation impacts recruiting.
Also on the docket:
* In light of the Hurd news, how prospects look at a school’s “fit”
* The recruitment 5-star cornerback Lamont Wade
* Tennessee’s dominant All-American pass rusher Derek Barnett
* ESPN Greg McElroy saying the media overhyped Tennessee again
* A few more recruiting updates including Tennessee’s 2017 quarterback board
* An interview with Volunteers shooting guard Robert Hubbs
Tennessee will host FCS member Tennessee Tech (3-5) at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.