Vols Marquez Callaway, Kyle Phillips, and Eli Wolf Speaking at SEC Media Days
(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Defensive lineman Kyle Phillips, wide receiver Marquez Callaway and tight end Eli Wolf will join first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt as Tennessee’s representatives at this year’s SEC Media Days on July 18 in Atlanta, Ga.
For the first time, SEC Media Days will be held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, running from July 16-19. During the four-day SEC Media Days event, the Hall of Fame will be home to the coaches’ primary press conferences and serve as the live broadcast headquarters for both ESPN and the SEC Network. The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, which is connected to the Hall of Fame, is the host hotel for the event and will house Radio Row and other media interviews and activities.
Pruitt and UT’s trio of players will make the media rounds during the morning session on Wednesday, July 18. Alabama, Mississippi State and Missouri are also slated to attend on Wednesday.
Phillips, Callaway and Wolf will all be making their first trip to SEC Media Days. Callaway and Wolf are the first non-seniors to represent the Vols at media days since 2015.
Phillips enters his senior season as one of Tennessee’s leaders on defense following a junior campaign that saw him start seven games and finish third on the team with 4.5 tackles for loss. The Nashville native has played in 29 games during his career at UT, including all 12 in 2017, when he finished with career bests in tackles (35), TFL (4.5) and sacks (two). Phillips is also one of the top students on the team, having been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during all three of his seasons on Rocky Top. He was also a member of the VOLeaders Academy and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society in 2017.
Callaway emerged as one of the Vols’ most dangerous offensive players last season, averaging 16.9 yards per reception and leading the team with five touchdown catches. The Georgia native also finished the year second on the team with 24 catches and 406 receiving yards. Callaway had a breakout performance in Tennessee’s thrilling season-opening win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, hauling in four catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, all coming in the second half or overtime. Callaway is also a model student and was chosen to the VOLeaders Academy Class of 2018.
Wolf had a breakout spring in which he was named the most improved player on Tennessee’s offense. The redshirt junior tight end capped off his impressive spring with five catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Orange and White Game. The Minster, Ohio native played in nine games last season and has appeared in 15 total games during his career with the Vols.