TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Tennessee senior linemen Brett Kendrick and Kendal Vickers made it clear the Vols are not quitting on each other or the season in the wake of Saturday’s defeat at Alabama.
“I believe in the guys in the locker room, and I believe in our coaches,” Vickers said in the wake of the Vols’ 45-7 loss to the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. “I think we’ll be fine.”
While Vickers anchors the defensive line for Tennessee (3-4, 0-4 SEC), Kendrick has turned into the offensive line’s MVP, lining up at three different positions this season.
Kendrick made it clear he doesn’t care what position he’s at, so long as the Vols get on a winning roll starting with next Saturday’s game at Kentucky.
“I see this team being 8-4, so if there’s anything I can do about it, we’re going to come out here and we won’t lose another game,” Kendrick said. “This is something we’re going to overcome and hope we can get five more wins in a row.”
Indeed, redshirt freshman QB Jarrett Guarantano predicted a “magical 35 days” for Tennessee football.
Tennessee’s remaining schedule includes:
- Saturday at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m.
- Nov. 4 home vs. Southern Miss, TBA
- Nov. 11 at Missouri, TBA
- Nov. 18 home vs. LSU, TBA
- Nov. 25 home vs. Vanderbilt, TBA
“This last month, we had a couple of tough losses, and every week we preach we have to keep grinding and keep getting better,” Vickers said. “A loss is a loss, we just have to look at film and make sure we’re getting better.”
Kendrick agreed, and he said the offense knows it’s letting down the defense of late, and they are doing their best.
“That’s part of being a team. No one is more mad about it than I am,” Kendrick said “I don’t need Vickers to come over and tell me to get it going, I know how bad it hurts to …. have our defense on the field that long.
“We’re going to bounce back, and we’ll be all right.”
The Vols are looking to qualify and win what would be a fourth-straight bowl victory this season.