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Tennessee Continues Preparing For Showdown With Gamecocks

KNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 22, 2020 – Defensive back Key Lawrence #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers during practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Caleb Jones/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee was back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon, as the Vols continue preparations for their trip to South Carolina.

Center Brandon Kennedy discussed what he expects from the offensive line group and how they’ve built up chemistry, even though they were missing players throughout camp.

“I think we’ve been really good at building chemistry. It has allowed us to get different guys at different positions this year, so I think it’s been great. Our expectations going in to the first game is we want to be physical up front, and make a name for ourselves with our physicality, so that’s what we pride ourselves on with the offensive line.”

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Running back Eric Gray spoke about starting the season faster and being acclimated to SEC football.

“I would say last season, for me it was just getting to learn how to be a college back. It took me a couple games (to learn) how to be a college back, get a feel for the offense, get a feel for playing in the SEC. I feel like I had to get a feel for that at first. Now that I feel like I have that experience, I definitely feel like I’m going to start fast.”

Gray was asked who the hardest hitter on the defense was, but he was thinking of the whole group.

“Man, I’m telling you, that whole defense is (full of) hard hitters. When you run that ball and have 11 people coming at your head, all of them feel the same. That whole defense is going to be some hard hitters this season.”

Gray also discussed the dynamic backfield of himself and Ty Chandler, while also applauding Dee Beckwith for his work ethic so far.

“First, with me and Ty being on the field, that’s just like a dynamic duo out there. You got to account for both of us because we’re two different types of backs and we can really affect the game. About Dee Beckwith, Dee has really shown a lot. You know he’s a taller guy, so him just learning how to use his pads and use his size to become a running back, I think he has a great place back there.”

Here are images from Tuesday’s practice, as they prepared for South Carolina.

 

The Vols will be back on the practice field Wednesday afternoon.

Continue following FOX Sports Knoxville for coverage of Tennessee’s 2020 season.

All Images Courtesy Of Tennessee Athletic Communications.

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