Vols search for team leaders in 2018

Vols search for team leaders in 2018

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Vols search for team leaders in 2018

ATLANTA — Tight end Eli Wolf was one of three Tennessee student-athletes taking part in the 2018 SEC Media Days.

With a new head coach in Jeremy Pruitt and change within the program following the worst season in school history, part of the culture change for the UT program is identifying leaders for the upcoming season.

“That is one of the main focuses for us,” Wolf said.

Searching for leaders on a team is not always the easiest task and one that may take time in figuring out.

“Anybody that has played college football knows it is not as easy said than done,” Wolf said of finding team leaders. “You have to hold your brothers accountable, it is hard. It is a process that we are doing right now. We are still looking for leaders. We probably won’t know who those leaders are until it gets further in the season.”

Whether a season is going in a good direction record-wise or in a downward spiral, it remains a hard task in finding which players will be a factor from a vocal standpoint of holding teammates accountable and having a good environment in the locker-room.

“It is hard to do regardless if things are not going good because somebody you met your freshman year, or some guys even grew up with them, and you go there and tell them you need to step it up,” said Wolf. “To tell another grown man, that is not an easy thing to do, but you have to have a mutual respect for each other and know what buttons to press. Ultimately they are going to thank you in the end.”

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