KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — At the beginning of the season, the goals were much loftier than playing in the Music City Bowl against Nebraska, but Tennessee’s senior center Dylan Wiesman hasn’t hesitated to remind teammates how far the Vols have come in the four years he’s been in the program.
Now, falling short of a New Year’s Six game is a disappointment. Two years ago, Tennessee was celebrating making it to the postseason after a 6-6 campaign.
“My freshman year when we didn’t make a bowl game, that first week back, instead of having bowl practices, we were in the weight room and coach (Dave) Lawson murdered us for two weeks,” Wiesman said.
“I just keep reminding all the young guys this is what’s to be expected. You don’t want to see what it’s like around here when you don’t make a bowl game because it’s tough.”
Although a season with championship aspirations fell short, Wiesman said the Vols “are hungry” to finish the season with a win for the third consecutive year.
On Tuesday’s podcast, WMNL’s Josh Ward talks about the Vols bowl expectations before being joined by SEC Country’s Jesse Simonton to dish on young players standing out in bowl practices, linebacker Darrin Kirkland’s health and the emerging role for tailback John Kelly.
Finally, the finish with a discussion on Tennessee players’ reactions to Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette skipping their prospective bowl games to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Give it a listen.