Aaron Beasley has continued to get better. We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow. Tiyon Evans probably won’t be able to go tomorrow. We usually make those decisions on Friday.
I think our pass protection is something we have to continue to improve on. And it’s not just the OL — it’s everybody. We’ve played some really good defenses, so that’s part of it, too.
You guys have heard me say I love competing these guys on game day. That’s true. It’s a ton of fun. We’ve got a phenomenal group of young men in our locker room, and we have a tremendous staff. You’re truly in a team setting.
We want our players to have a chance to chase their dreams at the next level. You present all the information and then go from there. You want players to make a well-informed decision.
When we have started fast, and a lot of weeks we have, the group has been focused, locked in and ready to compete.
I don’t find it hard to motivate this group. We lost some games to some really good teams. Our guys have shown up and competed. We continue to grow and get better. This group cares a lot and has been through some tough things. I feel like it’s a highly motivated group.
Heupel on #Vols OL Darnell Wright: His best football is still in front of him, for sure. He has started to understand football and understands and enjoys the X’s and O’s. He’s getting better fundamentally. He’s played at a high level but has a really high ceiling.