KNOXVILLE — Tennessee coach Butch Jones preached “Details, Accountability and Toughness” throughout the offseason, and that’s exactly how the Vols opened the season on Monday night.
Tennessee looks to polish its game this week against Indiana State after escaping Atlanta with a 42-41 double-overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Monday.
The No. 21-ranked Vols (1-0) don’t figure to receive much of a challenge from the Sycamores of the FCS Missouri Valley Football Conference.
That said, Jones plans to break in a lot of young talent that Tennessee will be counting on when the Vols play SEC East Division rival Florida at The Swamp on Sept. 16.
Tennessee lost its top defensive player — middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. — to a season-ending knee injury in preseason drills. On Monday night, leading receiver Jauan Jennings reportedly suffered a broken wrist and will be sidelined indefinitely.
The Vols are still scrambling to sort out their linebacker corps, while Tennessee’s receiving corps ranks among the most inexperienced in the nation.
Junior quarterback Quinten Dormady needs more work with his receiving corps, but Jones is also likely to dispense redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano with his first action of a young collegiate career.
Tennessee football vs. Indiana State, game time, details
• Time: 4 p.m.
• Date: Saturday, Sept. 9
• Location: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville
• Vol Walk: Begins at 1:30 p.m.
What channel is Tennessee football vs. Indiana State on?
The SEC Network is televising the game
How can I watch Tennessee football vs. Indiana State online?
You can stream the game at WatchESPN
How can I listen to Tennessee football vs. Indiana State on the radio?
You can listen to the Tennessee broadcast on the Vol Network with Bob Kesling and Tim Priest on the call. The game also is on satellite radio, Sirius Channel 137 and XM Channel 190.
Who is calling Tennessee football vs. Indiana State for SEC Network?
Dave Neal will handle play-by-play duties and Matt Stinchcomb will provide the analysis.
What you need to know about Tennessee football vs. Indiana State
• Tennessee is 95-19-5 (.819) all time in home openers and has won 21 of its last 22 home openers dating back to 1995 (Oklahoma, 2015).
• Indiana State is coached by Curt Mallory, who served as the secondary coach for Brady Hoke when the Vols’ defensive line coach was head coach at Michigan from 2011-14.
• The FCS Sycamores opened the season with a 22-20 loss to Eastern Illinois after finishing last season 4-7.
• This is the second time Jones has faced Indiana State as a head coach — he beat the Sycamores, 40-7, in 2010 while coaching Cincinnati.
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