KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is coming off a 45-7 loss to Alabama.
The Vols opened up an underdog against Kentucky this week.
Coach Butch Jones addressed the media about where the team is and preparation for the game against the Wildcats.
Below, we’ve got a roundup of news and notes from his press conference.
- Opening statement: When you look at the game on Saturday and we were down 7 with about 5 minutes until halftime. We had some catastrophic penalties. Impressed with the play of cornerback Shawn Shamburger. Tennessee is not okay with being 3-4. Butch Jones is not okay with being 3-4. Offensive guard Jack Jones will no longer play football due to lingering neck issues.
- On offensive issues: We are all disappointed in our performance. We see small increments of improvement. Unfortunately, it has not shown up on gameday.
- On changing offensive coordinator: I evaluate everything, including myself. But, no. We’ve seen some improvement, but not on gameday yet.
- On Quinten Dormady health: We are making sure he is okay. We expect him to practice tomorrow.
- On running game struggles: John Kelly is one of the best players on our football team. It all starts with the running game. It opens up everything on the offense and we have to run the ball better.
- On Darrell Taylor suspension: I’ll know a little bit more later in the week. I’ll have a meeting with him today.
- On Justin Martin and Shamburger: It was good to Sham step up. Everything is about competition. We expect Martin to be back at practice today. A lot of positive things moving forward.
- On Jashon Robertson: We fully anticipate him playing Saturday and will practice today.
- On Dormady health: He was ready to play.
- On offensive line recruiting: It is paramount for this program. It is great for recruiting because they could come in and play right away.
- On Evan Berry: He continues to progress. It’s a day-by-day deal. He’s making tremendous strides.
- On Jarrett Guarantano: I see progress in Jarrett. One thing you can’t question is his toughness. He’s going through the maturation stage as a quarterback. I see a young man who is very, very confident.
- On improving offensive line play: Just continuing to battle and battle and battle. That’s all they know, too.
- On offensive problems: It’s breakdown at each position group. It comes at unfortunate times. Every mistake you make is magnified in this conference. We have to work hard on timing.