Tennessee Insiders: Butch Jones on unknowns; red flags with Darrin Kirkland injury

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you’re wondering how things will go down for Tennessee football in the season-opening game against Georgia Tech, you’re not alone.

For all of his planning and expertise, Vols coach Butch Jones said there are plenty of unknowns for him, too — most of which he’s optimistic about.

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SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WVLZ Tennessee Insiders radio host Tyler Wyatt explored those unknowns on Monday’s show on 1180 AM, identifying potential red flags as well as some hidden positives of fall camp.

Former Vols tailback Jabari Davis joined the program to talk about Tennessee’s running backs and what the game means to the players from the Atlanta area and how it could affect recruiting.

Georgia Tech beat writer Ken Sugiura also joined the show to update the Yellow Jackets injury situation — which is actually worse off than Tennessee’s appears.


Tennessee Insiders radio – WVLZ-1180 – with former Vol Jabari Juice Davis

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On Sunday night, Jones said he has “a pretty good idea” how Tennessee will handle its quarterbacks in the 8 p.m. game against the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium next Monday (TV: ESPN).

For now, Jones said, the Vols’ quarterbacks will continue competing.

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But where middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland is concerned, the head coach said on “The Nation” radio show that’s still being evaluated.

“We always talk about the first game being the game of the unknowns from a predictability standpoint,” Jones said   “The identity as a football team has changed, there are new responsibilities and new roles for football players, and you have to be prepared for anything and everything.

“It’s really hard to gauge the competency of your football team …. really, it takes about three games to figure out the identity of your football team.”

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