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Josh Heupel previews Tennessee football season opener against Ball State

It’s Tennessee football game week, finally, and Josh Heupel is here to talk about it.


At 12:15 p.m., Heupel will speak to the media to preview the Vols’ season opener against Ball State (7 p.m. ET, Thursday, SEC Network).

UT touts eight players on the preseason All-SEC team, led by quarterback Hendon Hooker and wide receiver Cedric Tillman. And other key players return from last season’s record-breaking offense.

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Linebacker Jeremy Banks, edge rusher Byron Young and safety Trevon Flowers are back to pace the defense. But it likely must improve for the Vols to get off to a good start in September.

Last season, UT went 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the SEC, losing to Purdue in the Music City Bowl. Ball State went 6-7 and 4-4 in the Mid-American, losing to Georgia State in the Camellia Bowl. 

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