Josh Heupel- UCF

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Tennessee director of athletics Danny White officially hired Central Florida head coach Josh Heupel to be the Vols' 27th head coach. 

White gave Heupel his first head coaching job, hiring the former Missouri offensive coordinator to replace Scott Frost at UCF.

The former Heisman Trophy runner up went 28-8 in three seasons in Orlando including a 13-1 first season in 2018.

Here's how Tennessee players have responded to their new head coach.

Video with player reactions

"Coach Heupel talked to the team," sophomore safety Jaylen McCollough said. "(He) laid it out. Real genuine guy. He laid out his visions and goals for the program and future success of Tennessee."

"One of the things I feel like we love the most is just having that family connection," junior cornerback Alontae Taylor said. "Hearing his background and just knowing where he came from and having the success that he's had our teams really looking forward to getting started with him."

"I just can't wait to get started with him," freshman receiver Jalin Hyatt said. "I know he's a great coach. He (has) a great resume. Can't wait to build a relationship with him."

"You could tell his energy from when he walked in the building," freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey said. "It was very uplifting. As a team you could feel the energy has changed, and just ready to ball."

Junior cornerback Alontae Taylor

Sophomore quarterback Brian Maurer

Transfer quarterback Hendon Hooker

Freshman running back Jaylen Wright

Incoming receiver Julian Nixon

Freshman safety Doneiko Slaugher

Early enrolled quarterback Kaidon Salter

Sophomore receiver Kenney Solomon

Freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey

Early enrolled linebacker Aaron Willis

Freshman receiver Jimmy Holliday

Freshman athlete Dee Beckwith

Freshman running back Tee Hodge

Senior receiver Velus Jones. Jr

Senior defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus


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