The Tennessee Volunteers officially headed into their 3-day holiday break after completing Practice 8 on Tuesday, and things are looking good for Team 120 so far this month according to head coach Butch Jones.
Not only do the Vols have their game plan set for the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, but Jones is particularly pleased with the efforts he's seen among a number of Big Orange players over the course of December.
"It's been a really, really productive couple of weeks," Jones said after practice. "I've really liked the approach of our players — their attitude, their energy, numerous reps for a lot of individuals that really did not gain significant repetitions throughout the course of the year."
At the start of bowl practice, he made it clear that a particular bowl prep goal would involve focusing on getting back to the "basics" of football. Thus far, Team 120 has stepped-up to that challenge, and he's been pleased with the productivity across all borders.
"We did some live tackling and things we've never done in bowl preparation before, but I felt that our entire football team needed it," Jones said. "Not just from a tackling standpoint, but a block-destruction standpoint, and also from an offensive standpoint of our style of play."
It was also noted on Tuesday that offensive lineman Venzell Boulware, who started at right guard in the Orange & White's last two games of the season, would be unavailable for the bowl game due to academic ineligibility.
Watch the video above to get the full update from Butch Jones.