No. 25 Tennessee earned a cliche win on Monday, showing true grit and heart to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat with a double-overtime win over Georgia Tech.
"We coached together, and I know what he is all about".
"I really like the way our players have managed it", Jones said. Regaining his confidence in the pocket will be key to a win over the Sycamores and for weeks to come. That shouldn't be an issue against Indiana State. Big-play receiver Jauan Jennings reportedly suffered a dislocated wrist and will miss up to 12 weeks.
Tennessee's home football opener is Saturday against Indiana State. Jennings' absence leaves Tennessee without its top returning receiver from last season. The Sycamores went 4-7 last season and will be overmatched talent-wise heading to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday. He threw two second-half touchdown passes to emerging receiver Marquez Callaway, including a 50-yard connection early in the fourth quarter that kept the Vols in the game.
Quinten Dormady finished 13 for 18 for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, Carlin Fils-aime rushed for 2 touchdowns and 41 yards on 3 carries, and John Kelly led the Vols in both rushing (18 carries for 80 yards) and receiving (5 receptions for 60). That could be particularly necessary on the defensive line, as Georgia Tech ran 96 offensive plays against the Vols. Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said about "six or seven" defenders played close to 90 snaps against Georgia Tech.
A problem area for Tennessee were it's two turnovers, both by Dormady.
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It's important to remember this season that the Vol Walk will start two and a half hours before kickoff.
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With all of that said, Hoke and the rest of Tennessee's staff are treating this just like any other game and their relationships, Hoke believes, don't offer any insight into what the Sycamores might be trying to do this afternoon. "We have a short week and a quick game coming up".
Luckily for the Vols' defense, Indiana State doesn't possess Georgia Tech's patented option attack, but the Sycamores do have a unsafe running threat in senior LeMonte Booker. With 53 seconds before halftime, Dormady connected with sophomore Brandon Johnson for a 19-yard touchdown as the Vols extended their lead to 28-0.
With a new head coach in Curt Mallory, they may have some different personnel skills from what they demonstrated a year ago.