Tennessee Football Live Blog: Butch Jones press conference

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones addressed the media in the Ray and Lucy hand studio Wednesday.

The Vols defeated Georgia Tech Monday in a double overtime 42-41 game in Atlanta, Ga.

Tennessee will play its first game at home and take on Indiana State Saturday at 4 p.m.

Below, we’ve got a roundup of news and notes from his press conference.

  • On Georgia Tech game: Vols played a clean game. Tennessee finished plus-2 in the turnover margin and was 5-of-5 in red zone efficiency.
  • On Indiana State: You have to show up and play your best every single week. They will challenge us with shifts.
  • On the trash can: We’ve done it for over a year now. It has meant no disrespect to the other team. It is a way to highlight turnovers.
  • On not playing many people on the defensive line: Needed experience and maturity to go through a game like Georgia Tech. Will need to play more going forward.
  • On players who stepped up: Running back John Kelly provided a spark. Right guard Trey Smith played with contagious passion. Center Jashon Robertson played as good of a game for us.
  • On linebacker Daniel Bituli and defensive end Darrell Taylor: Everything is about consistency and Taylor brings that. He is reaping the benefits of having a redshirt year. Bituli took advantage of his playing time.
  • On quarterback Jarrett Guarantano: Our backup quarterbacks never wear headsets. The quarterbacks will continue to compete. Jarrett is a good teammate. You’re always one snap away from being in the football game.
  • On the offensive line: The pad level was much, much better. We still have to get more physical on both the offensive and defensive lines.

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