Brick By Brick: Vols Execute With Precision In Jones' Debut

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 9/02/2013 12:09 am
       "The big thing is, I wanted a clean game."
       Butch Jones got largely what he wanted, a clean game that started with a lesson in Big Orange tradition.
       "How proud they were to show me the Vol walk, how proud they were to run through the T, and you could see that pride of who we are coming out, and that's what we have here, and that's what we are building with this football team."
       The game itself, was a lesson in execution. An offense that found the end zone on it's first six possessions, five of those six scores executed in the red zone.
       "You have to win the red zone. Everything is rhythm , spacing, timing, the depths, everything shrinks, so your windows become that much smaller, so your routes have to be perfect, you have to be able to protect the quarterback, you can't have tipped footballs. There's so much that goes into executing in the red zone," said Jones.
       Tennessee joined Army the only other team to go penalty free in week one. Quarterback Justin Worley managing the game effectively, but not perfectly.
       "I thought he had great command. I thought he had great poise. I told him you can't be emotional, you have to be the coach, it's like a surgeon. You have to be poised and disciplined." added Jones.
       "I'll be tough on myself, you have to be to progress as a quarterback. I'll evaluate everything, even carrying out fakes after handing the ball off so you've got to be tough on yourself," said Worley.
       The Big Orange defense scored just it's 4th shutout in a decade, after giving up 37 points a game last year
       "It was nice to come back, bounce back from what we had done last year and actually play a good defensive game where we held someone and we shut them out, and not have another Akron situation," said Vols defensive lineman Daniel Hood.
       At the end of the day, it was still just Austin Peay, and the competition only gets tougher.
       "You get 12 opportunities working to get 13 and 14. Take advantage of it, and this is one opportunity and we are on to the next. The more you win the more that's at stake. We are going to enjoy it, but we do have a lot of work to do," said Jones.
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