KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lost its seventh SEC game in as many tries on Saturday when LSU came to Neyland Stadium.
The Tigers defeated the Vols 30-10 in a game affected by the torrential downpour in the second and third quarters.
Tennessee interim coach Brady Hoke addressed the media after the loss.
Below, we have a roundup of news and notes from Hoke’s news conference.
- Opening statement: Disappointed for our seniors. Our philosophy and gameplan was to give our team the best chance to win. We had some early turnovers, which you don’t like to have any. Callaway is one of the best kids you’d want to coach and he works harder than anyone at his craft. We need to do a better job against the run.
- Offensive line injuries: Next man has to step up. We’ve been beat up pretty bad, though. I give those guys credit for working and wanting to do it right.
- On effort: It didn’t surprise me. Biggest surprise was the weather.
- On the weather in the third quarter: The kids embraced it. I wish we got something going because we got the ball.
- On opening kick of the second half: There is no question that I couldn’t see guys on the field. I’m sure they had a big problem with it.
- On Callaway muffed punts: I don’t think there’s any question the wind was an issue. He’s one of the hardest workers on the team. I felt badly for him.
- On what to tell the team: You point out what went wrong. You’ve got to be honest with them.
- On Will McBride: He just wasn’t ready protocol-wise.
- On playing in weather like that: Once in 1998 at Northwestern.
- On having Larry Scott on the field: I thought it went well. They did a nice job. The communication with the kids was good. I think overall it was pretty good.
- On slowing down the pace on offense: On Monday we wanted a gameplan to beat LSU. Part of that was slowing it down and leaning on the defense. Wanted to get John Kelly 25 touches because he’s a really good football player.
- On field position: We have to do a better job of stopping them. We needed to eat some first down and give Trevor Daniel a little more chance to back them up with punts. Field position is huge.
- On Jarrett Guarantano: He did a lot of things that we wanted him to do. He’s proven to a lot of us he’s pretty tough.