KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s football players will tell you they have plenty to play for, and on Monday night, things got even more personal.
Senior center Coleman Thomas indicated the Vols’ offensive line will be dedicating the rest of this season to teammate Jack Jones, who retired from football on the advice of his doctor on account of shoulder and neck injuries.
My best friend had his career taken away because of injury. It’s all apart of gods plan. The rest of the season is for you, Love you brother pic.twitter.com/mE3Zr8xeyb
— Coleman Thomas (@CTVols55) October 24, 2017
Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC) has endured a trying season, currently riding a three-game losing streak that includes losses to No. 1-ranked Alabama and No. 3-ranked Georgia.
The Vols are 5 1/2-point underdogs this week as they head to Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC) to face a hyped-up Wildcats team that many picked to finish ahead of Tennessee this season.
Senior offensive lineman Brett Kendrick met with media and said the Vols are going to keep Jones involved as they try to rally for an 8-4 finish to the season.
“It’s tough. Obviously, Jack Jones is someone who is from Tennessee and loves this place, and we still love Jack, and Jack is still part of the team,” Kendrick said. “These last three games have been tough for us. I think our defense is playing great. We just have to step up on offense.’
“If we win these next five games, we’re 8-4 again. I don’t think the sky is falling, I think it’s just raining a little bit.”
Tennessee SEC Country reporter Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed how the Vols are attempting to rally and finish the season strong in today’s Rocky Top podcast.
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