Worley status still uncertain Jones said Thursday night

There’s been a lot of speculation this week about the status of Justin Worley and whether he’ll be ready to go on Saturday. Butch Jones addressed his quarterback situation Thursday night on a Nashville radio appearance. “We will know a little bit more tonight and into tomorrow,” Jones said. “He has taken some shots. I believe it … Read more

Tennessee vs Ole Miss highlights and Jones’ comments


On the game…
“Again, turnovers were the story of the game. We had a lot of negative yardage. When you are 3-for-16 on third-down conversions you are not giving yourself an opportunity to be in the game and win.  I felt like we started off playing defense exceptionally well. We were getting off the field. All week long we talked about having to earn every yard we get, and that this game would be a battle of field possession. I thought that was extremely evident in the first half and we did not cash in on that. I think the overall lack of depth is apparent. I am a realist and the only real way to fix this is recruitment.”

On the momentum change of the game…
“It’s a game of momentum swings. You go in at halftime and have the chance to regroup. Again, we have to help our defense out. I have said this continually. I think we have some young men who are pressing right now and trying to play perfectly. That is not a world you want to live in. You want to play aggressively and not worry about making mistakes.” 

On staying competitive with teams…
“We still have a lot to play for. I already spoke to our football team about that. I talked to A.J. (Johnson) and told him his leadership would be evident this week and as the season continues to progress. I think that is keeping everything in perspective. It’s been a grind. We have been through the most difficult schedule in college football. We have to keep that in perspective. Tonight is still unacceptable. We have to move forward and keep grinding.” 

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Butch Jones spends Friday night visiting five-star tackle

Butch Jones visited Memphis University School on Friday night to check in on five-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond, who is currently committed to Ole Miss. Jones is putting (keeping) the full court press on Richmond and his presence didn’t go unnoticed by those attending the game, as fans in the stadium chanted his name. MUS fans … Read more

Joe Henderson is away from team for personal reasons

Confirming a rumor that surfaced on VolNation last night, Tennessee defensive end Joe Henderson is not currently with the Vols’ football team due to personal reasons. Listed at 6-foot-4, 234 pounds, Henderson was rated 4-stars out of high school by Rivals.com and was considered the No. 14 weakside defensive end and the No. 15 player … Read more

Tennessee vs Chattanooga highlights and Jones’ presser


(Opening Statement)
I thought we did what we needed to do to win the football game tonight. We got back to playing Tennessee football in terms of one penalty. We had some individuals step up and impact the game: Aaron Medley’s seven touchbacks; anytime you can do that helps in the field positions game. Justin (Worley) was responsible for five touchdowns. Johnathon Johnson continues to step up and (his) consistency and performance by that young man in practice and in game, (and) you always know what you’re going to get with him. Derrell Scott and Justus Pickett gave us some valuable reps today. We had two big returns tonight by Cam Sutton and Evan Berry, which are momentum plays so that’s always great to see. We had some young players get some reps, so we were able to get them in the game and they were able to put their personal identity and personal brand on video. It will give us great evaluation moving forward with this football team as we continue to develop depth across the board. I also thought Jason Croom stepped up tonight and had some big catches at critical times in the game.

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Rocky Reid: Tennessee running back commit has career night

Tennessee class of 2015 running back commit Rocky Reid from Concord, North Carolina had a career night on Friday, rushing 25 times for 368 yards and five touchdowns. He scored on runs of 64 and 75 yards. With the performance, Reid broke his own Cabarrus County record for single game rushing yardage. In addition, his 6,583 carer rushing yards is also a … Read more

Despite pressure, Worley ranks well among SEC QBs on third down

Justin Worley has taken a lot of heat this season, both literally and figuratively. Behind a young and inexperienced offensive line, the senior quarterback has been sacked 17 times so far this year. He’s been hurried or knocked down on numerous other occasions. That’s why the following chart is somewhat surprising. According to these numbers … Read more

Five-star offensive lineman rolls into Knoxville

“Knoxville I’m here,” five-star offensive tackle and Tennessee target Drew Richmond tweeted on Thursday as he arrived in Knoxville. Knoxville I'm here — Drew Richmond (@TheDream_75) October 10, 2014 Listed at 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, Richmond is considered the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee. He’s the No. 5 offensive tackle in that nation … Read more