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Tennessee football players invited to NFL Combine; Basketball Vols lose at Vanderbilt

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Another Tennessee basketball loss and a Tennessee football press conference made for a lot to talk about on Off The Hook’s Thursday, Feb. 9 podcast. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker also dove into NFL Draft news and returning talent. Josh Ward joined the show.

Josh Ward discusses Tennessee basketball loss

A trip to the Vanderbilt Commodores ended in a 66-65 loss for Tennessee basketball thanks to a last-second buzzer beater. UT has now lost two of its last three games, and all three of its SEC losses are to unranked teams. Josh Ward came onto the show to discuss what’s wrong with the Vols.

Tennessee football press conferences with Josh Ward

Defensive coordinator Tim Banks, new offensive coordinator Joey Halzle and new tight ends coach Alec Abeln all spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon about Tennessee football. What stood out the most on both sides of the ball from what they said?

Former Vols invited to NFL Combine

Seven Tennessee football players were invited to this year’s NFL Draft combine: Hendon Hooker, Jalin Hyatt, Cedric Tillman, Darnell Wright, Byron Young, Jeremy Banks and Paxton Brooks. Which of these players will star at the next level? Who will at least have a solid career? How many of them will struggle?

Hendon Hooker’s NFL chances

Although he has some weaknesses with his passing over the middle, Hooker is likely to be drafted by somebody. He’s a hard worker and has great intangibles. Could those things overcome his issues in the passing game if he goes to the right system?

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Does Tennessee football loss in production matter?

An article by Bill Connelly on ESPN+ notes that Tennessee football is in the bottom half of the nation in terms of returning production, down at No. 69. Is that a big deal for the Vols this year? Their offense was down at No. 96, which makes sense given the fact that they are replacing their quarterback and top receiver.

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