Vols Coming Off ‘One of Best Bye Weeks We’ve Ever Had’
While Tennessee is likely out of the race for the SEC East title, they can still salvage a decent season.
But with injuries, a suspension, and an unsettled quarterback job, it will be a tough fight.
With an 0-2 start in the SEC, it appears the bye week was needed on Rocky Top.
Said head coach Butch Jones:”I thought it was if not the best bye week, one of the best bye weeks we’ve had here in a very long time. I like their approach.”
Said offensive lineman Brett Kendrick:”I think the bye week was maybe the most successful since I’ve been here. We had three very good practices. Got back to our physicality. All full pad practices.”
It wasn’t a good bye week for Vols defensive end Darrell Taylor.
He was suspended after reportedly getting in a practice fight with Vols offensive lineman Trey Smith.
Said Jones:”Darrell Taylor has been suspended indefinitely. There has been no timetable set on his return. He’ll have certain stiuplations and requirements that must be met.”
Coach Jones also would not elaborate on his starting quarterback will be.
While Quinten Dormady has started every game, he has six picks with six touchdowns.
Now he and back-up Jarret Gurantano are fighting for the best reps in practice.
Said Jones:”Like I told our quarterbacks, you don’t have to get a physical rep to get a rep. You can get a leadership rep by having all of the wideouts stand around you and going over your progression.”
Said offensive coordinator Larry Scott:”I talked to them all the time constantly about don’t go play quarterback. Be the quarterback all the time and with that is a process.”
Reporter:”What has been based on the evaluation the biggest thing holding the offense back?”
Said Jones:”I think the big play has been missing from our offense. It’s hard to play perfect, so the ability to manufacture big plays.”
Regardless of who plays quarterback, Jones is confident the Vols will get back on track.
Said Jones:”From terms of being around our players, they are as strong and committed as they have ever been. I see it every day. That’s what leads me to believe we are going to be okay.”