Vols Coach Butch Jones Reflects on Disappointing Finish to 2016 Season
Tennessee did not expect their season of promise to come to an end this year at the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
But that’s where UT landed after losing four of their last seven games.
That disappointing finish created a time of reflection for head coach Butch Jones.
Before evaluating Nebraska, Butch Jones is evaluating the Vols.
Said Jones:”I know there have been a lot of questions in terms of the program. I will tell you this, I will thoroughly, thoroughly examine everything in our football program.”
Jones says for Tennessee to become an elite team, they have to realize their opponents will dial it up to beat the Vols.
Said Jones:”You know that you are going to get teams best performances. Sometimes maybe the product you see on video is not the product you are going to see on game day because they are going to perform at their best.”
Injuries were a major issue for Tennessee, forcing several freshmen into action, and Jones says that hurt the Vols physicality.
Said Jones:”When you are forced to play a lot of young players, and you don’t have the luxury of red-shirting them. I think sometimes the growth from a maturity standpoint and the strength and conditioning room is setback a little bit. And then when you look at we had what 20 some odd players miss spring football last year. I think obvioulsy the growth is set back.”
Jones is likely focused more on recuiting right now than Nebraska.
Said Jones:”Our starting 22 could play with anybody in the country. I think we saw that starting out 5-0. As we continue to go out on the recruiting trail, it’s competitive depth. It’s competitive depth across the board. The houses we have gone into. The high schools. The perception of Tennessee football has been extremely positive.”