Before hitting the practice field on Tuesday afternoon, a few Vols met with the media to recap the loss against Georgia and look ahead to the Wildcats.
Three days after the lost in Athens, Matthew Butler was asked if a game like that would hurt the teams confidence. Butler gave a very easy answer.
Don’t expect this group to feel sorry for themselves, heck I thought the defense played a really good game on Saturday. It could’ve gotten a lot worse if the group hadn’t of showed up after a few costly turnovers and then holding Georgia to just 13 points in a wild stretch.
Getting pressure on the QB is what this group must continue to do, especially if their linebackers are going to find success in the gaps.
Brandon Johnson says he still thinks Tennessee has the best OL group in the country, though it’s hard for fans to see that, after the performance in Athens. But honestly, I just felt it was one of those games where you chalk it up and move on. I don’t expect the Vols OL to have the same type of trouble this season, like they had on Saturday. They won’t play another DL like the Dawgs trotted out on Saturday.
This WR group has a good amount of talent working for them, they just have to get on the same page as their Guarantano. They’re still working out the bugs from many guys missing camp, but that’s no excuse for the way they played against man coverage. This is something Tennessee WR Brandon Johnson would say as well.
It’s all about working together and knowing the timing of each other. I think with more time on the practice field and implementing some of these new faces, Tennessee can find the success they’re striving for. It cannot be just Josh Palmer making these nice catches in the end zone. You have to get open so that your QB can spread the love.
Brandon Johnson sounded open to the challenge this afternoon, as he discusses ways they could improve.
Tennessee RB Eric Gray said that Saturday was a test they didn’t pass, but knows they can do better.
“It was a learning curve, We all have to look in the mirror to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Gray has all the confidence in the world of his offensive line and it showed in his remarks today.
“I still believe our OL is one to the best in the country.”
it’s time for this Tennessee RB and OL group to take the next step against Kentucky and get back on track in the SEC. It’s not going to be easy, but Eric Gray is confident in his line of scrimmage, so why would you not be. I get it, it’s all football mentality, but this OL group has so much skill that it should easily surpass 150 yards against Kentucky.
If you don’t have to rely on the passing game every single down, then don’t. Tennessee has enough playmakers in the backfield. But, it’s all about finding that synergy within this group. Once that happens, this will become a whole different type of season. But, you cannot have a duplicate performance of what we saw against Georgia if the Vols plan on having a success on offense. You have to be able to run the football in this conference.
Tennessee has that opportunity on Saturday against Kentucky. This is one of those games the Vols can’t afford to lose, so they’re going to need everybody to play their roles, especially the running backs.
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