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Tennessee Working To Improve Before Matchup With Kentucky

KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 13, 2020 – Wide receiver Josh Palmer #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers during practice on Haslam Field in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee was back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon, as they continue their preparations for Kentucky.

The Vols, coming off a loss to Georgia on Saturday have a lot to work on offensively, before the Wildcats come to town.

Matthew Butler spoke with the media today and discussed the differences in a running quarterback.

“It might affect a little bit of personnel. You might have a couple of checks here and there, but having a run-oriented quarterback, or maybe having a run-oriented offense, is kind of one and the same as far as your approach going into the week. Playing in the SEC, where even if you do have more of a balanced attack like we had in weeks passed or even more of a slightly pass heavy attack like we had in weeks passed, you’re still going against good running backs with big offensive lines who are willing and able to go downhill. So, the approach doesn’t change too much, but a few personnel’s, a few checks and still put yourself in a good position to win the ball game.”

Jeremy Pruitt talked about the difficulties the WR’s had at getting off the line this past weekend against Georgia and facing press coverage. Tennessee WR Brandon Johnson was asked about that today during his media session.

“It’s a big priority, simply because of the league that we’re in. We’re in the SEC, so we see a lot of press man-to-man and a lot of different things like that. It’s imperative that we’re able to get off of press coverage and be able to do it quickly. I feel like we’ve done a decent job at it. There’s always room for improvement and we know exactly what we need to do. We’re going to continue to improve.”

Eric Gray was asked for his thoughts on the Tennessee offensive line during today’s session. He definitely seemed unfazed in his opinion of the guys blocking for him.

“I still believe our offensive line is one of the best offensive lines in the country no matter what. So, I believe we definitely should have some success running the ball.”

Here are images from today’s practice.

And yes, Brian Maurer was at practice today, after a bunch of messages from folks.


The Vols will be back on the practice field Wednesday, as they continue working towards their SEC matchup.

Continue following Fox Sports Knoxville for coverage of the 2020 season.


All images courtesy of Tennessee Athletic Communications 

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