Early this evening, a few players took time to answer questions from the press via zoom.
There were a few clear messages from the team during today’s availability. The bye week seems to have been very beneficial to the team, and that beating Kentucky is personal.
Both Barrett Banister and Nick Bolton credited the bye week as a big help in getting the team healthy. Not only in recovering from COVID, but football related injuries, too. It’s definitely music to every Tiger fans’ ears that Nick Bolton can say he’s healthy after being a little banged up following the win over LSU 10 days ago.
According to multiple members of the team, earlier this week in a team meeting, Drink asked his players to raise their hand if anyone in the room had beaten Kentucky. Not one hand was raised. Breakout receiver Tauskie Dove mentioned this as a moment that amped up his competitive drive in practice recently, “It hits a competitive spot for me... it makes me practice harder throughout the week... we have a goal to accomplish.”
Nick Bolton followed Tauskie Dove, and he shared a strong message about how Coach Drink has handled this hectic, always changing season, “Coach Drink is a hell of a leader; I’m glad he’s our head coach.” Hearing words like this only affirm to the Tiger faithful what seems to be getting clearer by the day— Eli Drinkwitz is the guy for this program. So far he has shown innovation on offense, he has won over his players, and now he is winning over Tiger Nation. We just all have to stay tuned to see if he can pass another test this week when the Tigers welcome Kentucky to Faurot Field on Saturday.