Tennessee football opened preparations for the 2020 season with its first official preseason practice on Monday afternoon, the same day the Southeastern Conference unveiled the full 2020 schedule dates.
The Vols spent two hours in helmets and shorts and adhering to SEC Medical Task Force protocols. Third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt‘s squad is scheduled to practice four times this week, including Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
Tennessee’s 10-game conference only season opens on the road at South Carolina on Sept. 26 before returning to Neyland Stadium for its home opener on Oct. 3 against Missouri. Following an Oct. 10 road tilt at No. 4 Georgia, the Vols return home to host Kentucky (Oct. 17) and No. 3 Alabama (Oct. 24) in back-to-back weeks.
An Oct. 31 open date precedes Tennessee’s first trip to Fayetteville since 2011 when the Vols take on Arkansas on Nov. 7. Three of the final four games of the year come against top-15 ranked opponents beginning with No. 13 Texas A&M on Nov. 14 in Knoxville. Back-to-back road trips at No. 11 Auburn (Nov. 21) and at Vanderbilt (Nov. 28) lead up to a Dec. 5 showdown against No. 8 Florida in Neyland Stadium.