Tennessee football podcast: Vols in top 25 in coaches poll
The Amway Coaches Poll has Tennessee at No. 24 in its preseason poll.
The key thing to take away is not where the Vols were ranked Thursday, but how consistently they are ranking in the polls.
WMNL’s Josh Ward discusses the rise of the football program over the past five years under coach Butch Jones.
Fans celebrated a top-25 ranking in 2015 because the situation had been dire. Derek Dooley, Jones’ predecessor, lost 13 of his last 14 SEC games before being fired in 2012.
Ward believes Tennessee making the Top 25 for a third straight year despite having to replace starters such as quarterback Josh Dobbs shows how far the program has come.
The ranking reveals the Vols’ national perception as a quality program. The Vols finished the past two seasons with nine wins. They finished the last three seasons in the Top 25 for the first time in nine years.
However, Tennessee will have to sort out position battles, including quarterback. Here is the latest Tennessee podcast: