It has been 14 years since Tennessee went into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and walked out a winner against the Florida Gators. If the Volunteers want to stop that streak, they will rely on a lot of players who have never experienced “The Swamp.”
“The 70 individuals who board the plane to go to Gainesville, [only] 27 have been there before,” Jones said on ESPNU on Sirius XM. “You try to simulate as much game-like conditions as possible and try to put them in as many stressful situations as possible. The mental preparation is so much that goes into it.”
Those young players includes quarterback Quinten Dormady, who will be making his first start in a road environment.
The Volunteers have already been tested this season, coming back in the 4th quarter of the season opener against Georgia Tech and ultimately winning in two overtimes. Jones likes what he saw out of his team to come through against the Yellow Jackets.
“The Georgia Tech game really displayed the fortitude, the resolve, the resiliency of this football team. We didn’t play our best football. We had a lot of adversity, a lot that we created for ourselves, but we were able to get the game into overtime.”
Winning in Gainesville is another animal, something Jones knows will take a great effort.
“That will to win we saw [against Georgia Tech] but it’s going to take even more going down to Gainesville.”