KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee head coach Butch Jones will meet with reporters shortly, recapping the Vols first preseason scrimmage held Saturday at Neyland Stadium.
Tennessee will practice afterward and the first several periods are open to the media.
Stay tuned for updates.
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- A little later than scheduled, but Butch Jones is in the house, opens by congratulating former UT track star Justin Gatlin on winning a silver medal in the 100 meters at the Olympics. Also said the “citizens of Baton Rouge are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Butch compares college scrimmages to NFL preseason NFL games. Said you see many of the same things (turnovers, big plays on special teams, penalties).
- “We had one of the better practices in all of training camp.” – Jones on a.m. session.
- “Everything is about a sense of urgency.”
- “There’s a fine line in today’s world being mentality tough and physically tough.” Jones again noting Tennessee’s shorter training camp due to school schedule.
- “These are the defining moments drawing a line in the stand. … See some individuals step up and others fall behind. There are some positions we have to get settled.”
- Jones said there were no turnovers in Saturday’s scrimmage. Defense did force a safety. “It was a typical scrimmage. Some good, some bad. Tremendous teaching points.” Jones stressed individual execution, uses example of some big plays in scrimmage where younger players didn’t align correctly.
- Jones refuses to set “time tables” on naming starting tackles. Doesn’t want to paint himself in a corner. “It will take care of itself. … All those guys are doing a great job.
- “In the offensive line, you don’t have a starting five. We need a starting six, seven or eight.”
- While Tennessee’s defensive line has had an outstanding camp, Jones said the OL has won some practices, too. “It’s been a healthy battle.”
- Jones said OL Jack Jones “is playing with a lot more confidence. … He is more assertive.”
- Rashaan Gaulden is competing at nickel and safety, per Jones.
- “We thought Nigel (Warrior) was one of those guys who stood out Saturday.”
- Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop mantra: “Culture before scheme.”
- Jones said “nothing has changed” with suspended defensive lineman Alexis Johnson. Jones has met with Johnson and his family, but no timetable has been set on a decision.
- Injury update: We expect (Evan Berry, Brandon Johnson and Latrell Williams) to be back at practice at the end of this week.”
- Jones with a new Butch-ism: “Leadership is lonely.”
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com