Tennessee Quarterback Joe Milton (No. 7). Photo by Rocky Top Insider.
Tennessee Titans star running back Derrick Henry joined the latest episode of the mega popular Bussin’ With the Boys Podcast, hosted by media personality and former NFL linebacker Will Compton and Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan. In the nearly two-hour interview, the three talked about a plethora of topics, including the Tennessee Volunteers.
When the Vols were brought up, Henry looked back on the close Tennessee vs. Alabama matchup in 2015 when the Tide barely beat the Vols, 19-14, in Tuscaloosa.
“They almost beat us,” Henry said. “It came down to the wire. They were good, now.”
Lewan then followed up Henry’s comment by saying if Tennessee hadn’t lost to South Carolina, they would’ve been in the College Football Playoff. Henry agreed and offered praise for Hendon Hooker’s season as well as sorrow for his season-ending injury. In changing subjects, Henry asked Lewan and Compton, “What’s the backup’s name?”
The hosts replied by saying Joe Milton, and Henry went onto rave about the former Michigan Wolverine for the next 30 seconds.
“He’s nice!” Henry said about Milton. “I watched the bowl game… he’s nice, now.”
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Henry asked the Bussin’ crew if Milton was coming back to Tennessee, and the crew answered yes. A crew member added that Milton was originally the starter in the 2021 season before getting benched after underwhelming.
“He was our starter before. Then he was overthrowing–”
“Not any more,” Henry interjected. “That boy nice.”
Henry then discussed Milton’s incredibly big frame and how effortless it looked for him to throw deep passes.
The entire conversation about Joe Milton with Henry and the BWTB crew is below.
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It would be difficult to come away unimpressed after watching Milton’s three touchdown performance against Clemson in the Vols’ 31-14 Orange Bowl victory.
But the performance was no outlier, as Milton played well in nearly every opportunity he got in 2022, showing great improvement in year two on Rocky Top.