Wolfs, Tennessee to Start 2017 Season in Primetime

Staff Writer

Ethan and Eli Wolf and the rest of the Tennessee Volunteers will open their 2017 football season in front of a national television audience.

Tennessee announced its season-opener against Geor-gia Tech in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 4 will have an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

Ethan Wolf, a Minster grad, enters his senior season as the starting tight end for the Vol-unteers, who are coming off a 9-4 season and a 4-4 season in the Southeastern Confer-ence. As junior, Ethan caught 21 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns. Eli, who will be a redshirt junior in 2017, played in six games last season on special teams and made one catch for eight yards at tight end for the Vols.

The Vols renew a series with Georgia Tech that has remained dormant for the last 30 years. In the teams' last meeting on Oct. 24, 1987, UT took a 29-15 win over the Yellow Jackets in Knoxville. Tennessee is 24-17-2 all-time against Georgia Tech.It marks the third time in the last four years that Ten-nessee will open the season on a non-Saturday. The Vols are 12-11-1 all-time on Monday night, last playing a regular season game on Monday when they opened the 2008 season at UCLA.Tennessee's Sept. 16 football game against the Florida Gators will feature a 3:30 p.m. ET broadcast on CBS. Tennessee enjoyed a thrilling 38-28 comeback win over the Gators in Neyland Stadium in 2016. That game was also on CBS. Florida holds 26-20 edge in the all-time series, which dates back to 1916.

2017 Tennessee Schedule

  • Monday, Sept. 4 vs. Georgia Tech in Atlanta 8 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Saturday, Sept. 9 vs. Indiana State TBA
  • Saturday, Sept. 16 at Florida 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 UMass TBA
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 Georgia TBA
  • Saturday, Oct. 14 South Carolina TBA
  • Saturday, Oct. 21 at Alabama TBA
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 at Kentucky TBA
  • Saturday, Nov. 4 Southern Miss TBA
  • Saturday, Nov. 11 at Missouri TBA
  • Saturday, Nov. 18 LSU TBA
  • Saturday, Nov. 25 Vanderbilt TB