Butch Jones demands Tennessee QBs ‘put the boat in the water,’ repeat drill
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones turned the heat up on his inexperienced quarterbacks Tuesday, throwing exotic blitzes at them.
“Today the game sped up a little bit for them, because our defense had some exotic blitzes in, some different looks out of the 3-4 alignment that they hadn’t seen in a while, so it forced them to think,” Jones said following the Vols’ fourth spring practice on Tuesday.
“We have to continue to challenge them to take care of the football. It’s been good to date, but it’s going to be ongoing.”
Jones wouldn’t elaborate on which quarterback was leading the competition, and he has said repeatedly he has no timetable for determining a pecking order.
Tennessee’s fifth-year head coach did, however, make it clear he would not accept lackluster player from any of the quarterbacks.
Irritated by what he deemed a slow start, Jones ordered Period 2 of practice re-started.
“The quarterback has to set the table, they’ve got to put the boat in the water so to speak and get us off with great momentum starting practice,” Jones said. “It’s just like starting a game fast, so every rep is a learning opportunity and that wasn’t up to our expectation, so that’s a great teaching opportunity to re-start the period.
“In football there are no do-overs You work year around looking for 12 opportunities to play.”
The Vols return to practice on Thursday and will hold a closed scrimmage on Saturday.
Spring drills conclude on April 22 with the annual Orange-and-White Game at Neyland Stadium.
— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) March 28, 2017