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Tennessee QB Nico Iamaleava looking for his voice

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Hey Nico, speak up!

That’ll be the goal for the Vols’ freshman, phenom quarterback as he goes from backup to the beckoned one. Iamaleava has been called to be great, not just good. He’s expected to be elite, not just entertaining. He’s making sure his teammates know as much.

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“I have been trying to work on being more vocal for the guys, speaking up when I need to,” Iamaleava said. “I think just being myself out there, hanging out with the guys and making sure we are getting our business done. I’ve grown more in the vocal aspect of it, just being louder for the guys is what I’ve really been trying to work on.”

Iamaleava has who’s put on about 35 pounds to get up to 6-foot-6 and 215, said he doesn’t approach games differently now that’s he’s considered the starter, instead of last season’s quarterback, Joe Milton. However, Milton is not the standard

Iamaleava is expect to reach the same status as former Vol quarterback, Hendon Hooker, who was one of the most prolific players in Tennessee football history and was strongly considered as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy before injuring his knee against South Carolina late in 2022. Perhaps you’ve heard of Hendon Hooker? Iamaleava isn’t trying to replicate either player – exactly.

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“(I am) still being myself,” he said.

What’s that Nico? Can’t quite hear you. Speak up!

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