KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Looking into Tennessee’s past might offer encouragement for the Vols’ weekend.
Tennessee will face likely its toughest task of the season Saturday when the Vols travel to Alabama to face the No. 1 Crimson Tide.
Former starting left tackle Kyler Kerbyson joined the podcast to talk about his trip to Tuscaloosa. He played in the 2015 game which Tennessee led in the fourth quarter. The Vols ultimately lost 19-14.
Alabama’s talent at every position is apparent. Kerbyson said there isn’t dropoff anywhere on the field.
“There never is,” Kerbyson said. “They are stacked everywhere. The one thing you have when you go down there is them taking you too lightly. What [Coach Nick] Saban has said the last few weeks about the media ‘rat poison’ you give the players is over confidence. They think that they don’t have to try as hard playing you.”
Tennessee has a tall task on both sides of the ball.
Alabama averages 302 rushing yards per game which is seventh in the country. The Vols give up 242 yards on the ground per game, coming in at 122nd.
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said Monday the key to better play is consistency.
“We played really well this [past] weekend,” Shoop said. “But we haven’t sustained the level of consistency necessary to win at the highest level.”
Tennessee’s offense has struggled to string together many scoring drives this season. The Vols have gone 10 consecutive quarters since the last touchdown.
WMNL’s Josh Ward and SEC Country’s Blake Morgan discuss what the Vols are up against Saturday in the Tennessee football podcast.