The success of Tennessee baseball is reaching former and current Vols are and wide. That includes former Tennessee football players in the NFL, and one had a good bit to say about Rocky Top when speaking to reporters recently.
In a media session earlier this week, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marquez Callaway was asked if he was a college baseball fan, which he said he was. He then boldly stated that the Vols would win the College World Series.
Callaway said he is excited to see the baseball program doing what it has been doing. As a former undrafted free agent who has landed with an NFL franchise, he knows the importance of having confidence. Here’s what the former Tennessee football playmaker said in making his prediction.
"“We going all the way. I’ve got no doubt in them, so I’m tuning in watching. We watch it in the training room all the time and I tell them, them guys still going. I’m excited for them, happy for them, and like I said I’m waiting for them to bring it home. We need it coming home to Knoxville. They’re doing their thing, no doubt for it.”"
Given the fact that the Vols swept the LSU Tigers in the NCAA Super Regionals to reach the event, Callaway probably had a bit of fun with some people since he plays in Louisiana. That probably made following the baseball program that much sweeter for him.
When the baseball program hired Tony Vitello in 2017, Callaway was entering his sophomore year with the football program. He was in the heart of the football coaching search debacle that got John Currie fired as athletic director, but it’s safe to say Currie’s hire of Vitello worked out.
What’s clear is that Callaway is a rising star in New Orleans, as he had 21 catches for 213 yards his rookie season, and expectations for him are now rising. In fact, the Saints have expectations for him similar to what he has for the baseball program.
In four years with Tennessee football, Callaway caught 92 passes for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also returned 40 punts for 543 yards and three touchdowns. As a senior, he and Jauan Jennings helped make for en epic passing game, and they were the top two playmakers on the team. UT missed both of them in 2020.