Vols Ready to Tackle 9-3 Nebraska in Music City Bowl
The Vols face Nebraska in the Music City Bowl next Friday.
UT may not have to face Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Junior, who is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Nebraska carries a 9-3 record to Nashville, but they were blown out twice, losing to Ohio State and Iowa by a combined 89-points.
Even though it’s the Music City Bowl, seeing Tennessee face Nebraska is still pretty special.
Said quarterback Josh Dobbs:”I mean obviously Tennessee football has its brand, and Nebraska has its brand as well. Definitely will be two, highly talented football brands playing each other in Nashville, and we’re excited for it.”
The Vols say this is another typical Nebraska team.
Said defensive lineman Corey Vereen:”We learned they have a mobile quarterback, a big offensive line, big corn fed guys. They like to run the football.”
Said tight end Jason Croom:”You see big guys. Physical. They come down, and they’re going to hit hard. We’re prepared for that, and we just have to go out there and execute.”
Said defensive lineman Kendal Vickers:”They run the ball a lot. They’ve got a really good running back. He could be successful in any conference he played in. They’ve got receivers on the end who can make plays up top. We don’t necessarily know about the quarterback situation, but we know whoever is going to be under center can get the job done.”
Tennessee has actually out-rushed the Cornhuskers this season.
But Tennessee’s rushing defense has fallen apart down the stretch.
The Vols are 111th in the nation against the run.
Said defensive end Derek Barnett:”I mean we’ve been struggling to stop the run. It’s not really no secret what they’re going to do. They’re going to come in and run the ball until we stop it. That’s a challenge to our defense.”
Said linebacker Darrin Kirkland, Jr:”Every team has strengths and weaknesses and sometimes you are going to make mistakes, but you can’t make mistakes over and over again. So whatever those were, we’re going to try to correct them during this bowl prep and before this game.”
Coach Jones hopes the Vols trip to Nashville will be as successful as their recent bowl games.
Said Butch Jones:”When you look at the bowl games when the bowl season starts, it’s usually dictated by special teams, by turnovers, and by tackling. The last couple of bowl games that we’ve won, we’ve excelled in those areas.”
The Vols and Cornhuskers kick at 3:30pm from the Titans Nissan Stadium.