Vols Set to Open SEC Play Against Rival Florida
Time for the Vols to jump in the deep end, as UT opens SEC play against rival Florida.
The Gators have owned this annual match-up, and they’re expected to keep the trend going, since they’re favored to win by nearly three touchdowns.
Said receiver Javonta Payton:”Leading up into it, I have heard a lot of things going on about how they really don’t like Florida down here.”
No Vols fans don’t care much for the Gators, especially since Florida has won 15 of the last 16 meetings. And beating the Florida in the swamp is never easy.
Said defensive back Alontae Taylor:”Be consistent. Play physical. Match their intensity. Match the energy. It’s going to be a night game. ESPN. Seven o’clock. Stadium is going to be crazy.”
Said offensive lineman Jerome Carvin:”We have to execute. This is a big execution game. We have to execute well and play hard. Play fast and mentally be there. We are going to be in the ‘Swamp’. It’s going to be loud. We have to make sure we are mentally locked in.”
Might we see the return of Joe Milton at quarterback for Tennessee?
Reporter:”If Joe is healthy, is he your starter or do you have a quarterback competition this week?”
Heupel:”I never speak in hypotheticals. He got a little bit of work last week. We’ll find out where he is in particular Tuesday Wednesday here, and see where we’re at at that point.”
No hypotheticals in talking about Florida’s offense.
They lead the nation in rushing, averaging over 380-yards a game.
Said head coach Josh Heupel:”They do a good job of spacing people out. Quarterback is a huge part of their run game too. The threat of it, and then also when the ball is in his hands, he runs like a runner. He’s able to make the first guy miss or run through a tackle too.”
Said Taylor:”We understand Florida likes to run the ball. They have really good backs. Strong backs. Good offensive line. Things like that. Quarterbacks like to run as well. So just make sure we can make tackles. I feel like if we lower our as far as missed tackles go, we’ll have a positive side on that.”
Said Heupel:”I think our kids understand and are excited about this game. It means something to them. The challenge for us we don’t have to do something extraordinary. You just have to do the ordinary at a really high level.”