Vols Ready to End Bowl Drought Against iowa in Taxslayer Bowl

The Vols football team has a few days off to celebrate the Christmas holidays.
But the players and coaches will be excited to return next week to celebrate their trip to Jacksonville for the Taxslayer Bowl against Iowa.
  When it comes to all-time bowl appearances, Tennessee ranks in the top five. 
That’s why Coach Jones believes their four year bowl drought was an anomaly.
"Tennessee football is not supposed to be home for the holidays. We are embarking on our 50th bowl appearance as a proud football program."
   The benefits of a bowl game go beyond the extra practice sessions.
Said Jones,"In the strength and conditioning room, it’s monumental. They would be home right now. The football intelligence part of studying more film."
   Sounds like Tennessee will need their strength against Iowa.
Said Jones,"Very, very big upfront in the defensive line. Two very active defensive tackles."
Added offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian,"Very simple schematically. They do what they do, and they do it very well. They’re number eight in the country in total pass defense. They’re 18th in either scoring defense or total defense."
   Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian jokes he may re-tool the offense for the bowl game.
"We are going to be completely different. Hopefully Iowa gets a copy of this. We’re going to be wishbone, running some option with Josh’s feet. Anytime you have an extra week to prepare as in a bye week situation or in this case, multiple weeks in the bowl game, you are always going to have some wrinkles that are different."
   In a way, Jones says the Vols are already winners before the Taxslayer Bowl kicks off.
"We’ll have the most college graduates performing in a bowl game I believe than any other school in the country."
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