Ja’Wuan James on his relationship with Butch Jones (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When Butch Jones has an idea or wants to get the pulse of the team, he talks to senior offensive tackle Ja’Wuan James.

Here’s an excerpt from a subscriber-only story about James in today’s News Sentinel.

James said it took him a while to get used to that degree of openness from a head coach.

“It might be one o’clock in the morning and you get a text or call and he’s just thinking football, wanting to call you and talk to you. He says, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about this, I thought about that.’ You’re scared at first, thinking ‘Why are you calling me at 12?’ ”

James recreated a conversation for reporters on Tuesday:

James: “What’s up?”

Jones: “Man, I’ve been watching film and I can’t wait to play on Saturday. How are you feeling?”

James: “Well, I’m kind of tired …”

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