Butch on Florida rivalry: "This is why you go to college"

Tennessee's list of injuries is getting lenghty, but the Vols did get some good news on Monday.

Tennessee and Florida will meet for the 46th time Saturday at Neyland Stadium, extending a rivalry first kindled in 1916.

The Gators have won 11 consecutive games against Tennessee, a streak that started in 2005. 

ESPN's College GameDay will cover the rivalry for the ninth time, the most of any college football matchup.

"Everybody understands in our football program what this game is. It's special, it's a rivalry game," Jones said Monday. "This is why you go to college. This is why you come to the University of Tennessee, to have the opportunity to play in these types of games. So, everybody understands the magnitude."

Some Florida players have attempted to add fuel to the fire for Saturday's game.

"Every year everybody says it's a rivalry, but we come out every year and we dominate," safety Marcel Harris said Monday.

The always-outspoken Jalen Tabor said, "I feel like they really haven't played anybody of our caliber yet so they've probably just been slacking around."

Jones said the Vols will not use any smack talk as motivation.

"First of all, you shouldn't need that to motivate you," Jones said. "It doesn't do us any good to talk about it. There's no clutter, we can't have any clutter and distractions."

Jones said after re-watching the Ohio game he feels there were some positive things, but overall as a group the Vols were sloppy. Tennessee fumbled five times and committed nine penalties for 94 yards.

"When all 11 individuals work together, we're a pretty good football team, a pretty explosive football team in all three phases," Jones said. "But we've had way too many individual breakdowns, whether it be an assignment, whether it be a fundamental, whether it be a technique, that really hinders the execution of a particular play."

Kickoff is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Tennessee's Oct. 1 matchup against Georgia will also be a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS, the SEC announced Monday.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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