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
First impressions. pic.twitter.com/kWoBfGPp8B— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) January 28, 2021
"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
We got what we needed not what outsiders THOUGHT we needed!— Alontae Taylor (@taeetaylor) January 27, 2021
Sophomore quarterback Brian Maurer
Simple 🤷🏼♂️ https://t.co/yJnYeP9tyS— Brian Maurer (@maurerera_2) January 27, 2021
Transfer quarterback Hendon Hooker
Let’s get to it— Hendon Hooker (@henhook2) January 27, 2021
Freshman running back Jaylen Wright
SHOWTIMEEEE!!🍊— jaylen wright (@__jw12) January 27, 2021
Incoming receiver Julian Nixon
back on track💯— 11 (@JulianNixon11) January 27, 2021
Freshman safety Doneiko Slaugher
WE ON🍊❗️— Doneiko Slaughter🩸 (@Neikoslaughter) January 27, 2021
Early enrolled quarterback Kaidon Salter
Let’s Ride #gbo— k7 (@KaidonSalter_7) January 27, 2021
Sophomore receiver Kenney Solomon
Freshman quarterback Harrison Bailey
Early enrolled linebacker Aaron Willis
Freshman receiver Jimmy Holliday
Ready to work ! @coachjoshheupel let’s win!— Jimmy Holiday (@jimmythejet3) January 27, 2021
Freshman athlete Dee Beckwith
Excited for @coachjoshheupel. Ready to get it done!🤝— Dee Beck🚶🏽♂️ (@beckwith2_) January 27, 2021
Freshman running back Tee Hodge
Let’s work!— T. Hodge (@TdotH4) January 27, 2021
Senior receiver Velus Jones. Jr
Look like I have to start running every day of the week!😅— Velus Jones Jr.⚡️ (@VelusJr) January 27, 2021
Senior defensive lineman LaTrell Bumphus
Let’s work! 💪🏿 https://t.co/6Vjss2LTaJ— LaTrell Bumphus (@LBumphus) January 27, 2021