Vince’s View: 3 prescriptions to Vols success rest of the season, Heath Shuler’s keys vs. Texas A&M

By Vince Ferrara / @VinceSports (on X/Facebook/IG/YouTube)

What are some keys to Tennessee’s success the rest of the regular season coming out of the open week with the team at 4-1, 1-1 in SEC?

On The Sports Source on WATE-TV, John Pennington asked us for three prescriptions to Vols success for the remainder of the season.

Take a look at that segment for my answers, as well as those of Ryan Callahan of GoVols247, Will West of Tyler and Will and host John Pennington. as well as the reaction from Bob Hodge.

On SportsTalk with John and Vince Monday (weekdays 6-9am) we asked listeners to send us the three players you think are most important to Tennessee’s success the rest of the season. Here’s the order of most responses of different players mentioned through our text line, 865-656-9900, and social media.

  1. OL Cooper Mays
  2. LB Aaron Beasley
  3. QB Joe Milton
  4. OLB/DE James Pearce Jr.
  5. WR Ramel Keyton
  6. WR Squirrel White
  7. RB Dylan Sampson
  8. DT Omari Thomas
  9. RS Dee Williams
  10. TE Jacob Warren

I was joined this morning by VFL Heath Shuler for his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback segment presented by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. We talked about the open week for UT, Xs and Os with Tennessee’s offense, Josh Heupel play-calling, keys to a win over Texas A&M Saturday and much more.

Here’s what you can expect the rest of the week on SportsTalk, weekdays 6-9am Eastern on 99.1 The Sports Animal,, the WNML app and your smart speakers:

6:03/7:03/8:08am The Walk Through (Wallace Real Estate)
Time TBD – UT Football Practice Report (American Outdoor Equipment)
7:55am This Date in TN Football History (Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union)
8:03am Step To The Plate At 8 (Trivia with $25 Dick’s House of Sport Knoxville gift card)
Time TBD – Comments from UT football coaches and players

7:18 to 7:48am The Officiating Half Hour with Gerald Hodges (AG Heins)
8:18 to 8:48am Brent Hubbs – Volquest (Diversified Enclosures & Screen)

8:20am Mike Keith
8:35am VFL Matt Simms
Time TBD – UT Football Opponent Preview (1 or 2 interviews)

7:35am VFL Steve Hamer (AG Heins)
8:20am Tony Vitello
8:35am John McClain

6:20am Football Weekend Package
8:35am Six Pack of Picks

Thanks for listening to SportsTalk and reading my blog, “Vince’s Views,” on

I’ll have the Vol Network pregame player interview before Tennessee hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. You can hear John Wilkerson and me co-host SEC Notebook as part of Image Matters Game Day All Day this Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm. Plus, I’ll have the play-by-play call of our prep football KOC Game of the Week Friday night at 7 as Bearden is at Oak Ridge. VFL Todd Kelly Jr. will be my color analyst this week on AM 990 and the Sports Animal App Stream 2.

NASHVILLE, TN – September 02, 2023 – Quarterback Joe Milton III #7 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics
(l to r) Vince Ferrara, Ryan Callahan, John Pennington, Will West & Bob Hodge / Credit: The Sports Source


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