KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is trying to dial in its offense, but there are still issues on the offensive side of the ball that need to be solved quickly.
The No. 25-ranked Vols open the season at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4 in Atlanta against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones has been beating the drum about details and readiness, but the offensive line has continued to have its struggles.
The Vols thought that same offensive line — the most veteran-laden position group on the team — would be a strength.
Tennessee senior offensive lineman Jashon Robertson has said he’s the leader in the meeting room, and that accountability starts with him.
“If I’m the leader in the room it starts with me, even today, we ran an outside zone play, the 3 technique ran away from me and I climbed up on the linebacker, hit him head first and didn’t use my hands, (and he) came off and made the play,” Robertson said.
“We had a really good play call versus that defense and we probably would have gashed them and made a big gain, but those are the things we are talking about detail wise.”
And those are the things that Jones is talking about — a fourth-year starter making fundamental mistakes less than two weeks from the opener.
Robertson said that’s where he and his teammates need to get dialed in.
“Guys are getting to their assignments but it’s all about staying in the framework of the defender whether it’s first level, second level or third level, “ he said. “Things like that, or snaps, start with us older guys in the room setting the tone with a certain seriousness and a certain focus day in and day out.”
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