— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) August 15, 2017
“Obviously, my goal is to ultimately be a player that is important enough to earn a scholarship, like (Alex) Ellis recently did. I’d say that’s the ultimate goal, but I think regardless I’m going to see it through. I’m just going to bust it, and whatever happens. If I do make it on scholarship, that’s great. But it’s not everything. As much as some people want to think it is, it’s not everything.”
Today (8-15-17) that happened when Coach Butch Davis helped Eli accomplish that goal by awarding him a full-scholarship.
The younger brother of Senior TE star Ethan Wolf (who is on the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List), has had to prove that he was capable of playing for the Vols in the SEC. A lot of things happened that led him to give up a scholarship at Eastern Michigan and walk-on at Tennessee, today it turned out to be the move he needed to make.
Eli, who is also a TE (6’4 220lb), will be a red-shirt Sophomore this season after red-shirting his first year at Tennessee.
This year the Vols new offensive coordinator, Larry Scoot, is also the TE’s coach and should help get them get a lot more touches this season.
In the 2017 Spring Game Eli caught a 19-yard over-the-shoulder touchdown pass from Quinten Dormady and was also quite impressive in the blocking portion of the game.
Last season he appeared in six-games and recorded his first career catch of 8 yards against Tennessee Tech (11-5-16).