KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee travels to Kentucky to play on Saturday.
The Vols opened as an underdog for the first time since 2007. This is seen as a must-win game for Tennesse.
Coach Butch Jones has faced a lot of scrutiny this season. It is believed he might have to win out to save his job.
Below, we’ve got a roundup of news and notes from his press conference.
- Opening statement: Evan Berry is listed as day-to-day. Linebacker Austin Smith will be able to play.
- On recruiting changing with early signing period: We had a plan in place in terms of the early signing date. It has changed a lot in the nature of recruiting. We’ve had a lot of in-season official visits. It has changed a lot.
- On Aaron Medley: He will be practice today.
- On Darrell Taylor: Still day-to-day but still suspended.
- On defending wildcat: They have had a lot of success in that package. This season they have even thrown more out of it.
- On kicking depth chart: Brent Cimgalia is the starter. Medley is working his way back. This is his first day back in pads.
- On offensive struggles: We have to work every single day. The biggest thing is the details. I think it has to be one big group effort.
- On coin toss: A lot goes into the decision with the coin toss. We have a philosophy behind it.
- On Quinten Dormady: He has had a good week of preparation and will be ready for Saturday.
- On Rashaan Gaulden: He will play against Kentucky. We had criteria he had to meet, and he has been doing that. It was an emotional act, and he gets that.
- On missing defensive leaders: Daniel Bituli is an individual who continues to step up. Kendal Vickers has been a leader.
- On Kentucky game: Each year is different. They are 5-2 and a very good football team. They play with a hard edge and great energy. They are an older veteran group. It is going to be a great challenge for us. They have our respect and our players know they are going to have to play a solid football game.
- On strength and conditioning: I see a change. Our players have tremendous confidence in Rock Gullickson. We still have players that are working on their strength levels. Rock has had a great plan moving forward. Are we where we need to be? No. Are we making strides? Absolutely.
- On Ryan Johnson: He’s had a good week of practice. He shows up for work every day. Ryan is very consistent and has worked on his knowledge of schemes. He works at his craft every single day.