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Butch Jones talks about the home opener against Utah State and looks ahead to Arkansas State.
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00:00 Hey good afternoon. Great to see everyone again kind of
00:03 recap. From a couple nights ago on moving on arkansas' state
00:07 but from a competitive standpoint. Like the way he competed I
00:11 thought our players were ready ago. I thought they did agree
00:14 job really preparing themselves mentally and physically for game day. In
00:19 doubt they put in the work we talked about. Investing in
00:22 victory each and every week are earning their right to win
00:25 as opposed to hoping to win. And I thought our players
00:28 did a pretty decent job but that. Considering. A lot of
00:32 these individuals going through it for the first time there in.
00:36 You know in game preparation in weekly preparation. I thought they
00:40 -- good job with or indeed management or overall. Management sidelines.
00:46 He always had the appropriate personnel out in the field so
00:49 that was great to see offensively we took care of the
00:52 football. From the communicate of aspect. I thought our communication was
00:57 about above average we need to continue to improve in that.
01:02 Thought defensively we did a good job -- -- -- Stan
01:06 edited changed in -- mystics and forcing. Third and long situations.
01:11 However major major major improvements must occur with this football team.
01:16 It -- starts with special teams I was not pleased at
01:19 all with our performance on special teams we did not play
01:23 winning football. In the team's game we've spent too much time
01:26 we invest too much time. In. In our special teams game
01:32 and every one taken ownership in the role executing yours I'm
01:36 doing their job. And we chart in packed -- place you
01:40 know every individual can impact the game one way shape form
01:43 or another. And does so with Arkansas State come in here
01:47 on a new game we need to continue to improve and
01:50 all facets of special teams. Didn't think we get much rhythm
01:53 and consistency offensively especially in the first half. We had great
01:57 field position. And we should add more points at halftime. And
02:02 too many three and outs. In that weren't able to extend
02:05 drives. Defensively. -- -- we have a couple of forced turnovers
02:10 I didn't necessarily like are all disruptions. I didn't think. You
02:15 know we're trying to get the ball out I think we
02:17 swarmed the football. That we expect our defense to players that
02:22 we need to take major strides that way. And an ability
02:26 to run the football. Averaged two point eight yards per rush
02:30 I don't look at averages are look at efficient running efficiency.
02:34 What's the definition of these Fisher run. Eddie Fisher runs four
02:39 yards or more or for its second short third short you
02:42 get the first down because. Your average job. You know rush
02:48 -- yards per carry can be construed speakers you may have
02:52 won eighty yard run in the rest. Your below average but
02:55 when you look at the average looks goods are more interest
02:58 and now. Realistic statistics. And that's running efficiency and I think
03:03 we did a very good job -- we have to be
03:06 able to run the ball a little bit more. Next challenge
03:09 now for the issue on football team. Just less than 50%
03:14 major -- debut. And offensively there's only one starter started game
03:19 that started last year's Kentucky. So we started ten faces on
03:24 offense and now we need to continue to develop this week
03:28 of preparation with the -- short week is critical. The next
03:31 evolution is football team is learning how to prepare your minds
03:35 your bodies for a new start. A 12 o'clock. Adjusting your
03:39 body clocks and that's a little bit different as well your
03:42 preparation. And your mindset so again. Everything continues to be new
03:47 learning experience. As we continue to grow and mature as a
03:51 football team. Arkansas saw state comes in here. Their players expect
03:56 to win no matter who they head coach has -- they
03:59 win and go to bowl games you look at their body
04:01 of work. Over long period of time it's very very impressive.
04:05 They're an up tempo no huddle offense they like to snap
04:09 the ball exceptionally Qwikster -- -- line does a great job
04:12 centers gas pedal. And he does a great job they --
04:16 to desperate new line of scrimmage. And getting lined up one
04:20 of the best punters kickers in the country. He can flip
04:24 field position and hurry. It's another very good football team here
04:28 Vector Group in the back in their defense in the secondary.
04:31 And the polls -- receivers. Some great great challenges they're very
04:35 physical. They run the football other quarterback is dynamic with the
04:40 ball in his hands but he can also distribute the football
04:43 good wide receiver so. A good football team and our football
04:47 team has to come and ready to play. Saturday at noon
04:51 on the other challenges. We need -- nation. We have the
04:54 best football environment in the country. 102455. Our fans were outstanding.
05:01 It didn't matter rainbows. Rain shine they were here and they
05:05 stayed to the end our student section was outstanding. Rocky top
05:10 route he's now as we column. And we're gonna need everyone
05:13 and I'm told again. We're going to be close to a
05:16 sellout in so we need everyone to buy their tickets in
05:20 support his football team and continue to make one of the
05:22 greatest venues in all of college football. Home field advantage for
05:26 this young football team so -- answered questions -- -- Yeah
05:35 you know when you look at John so much of your
05:38 run game is all eleven individuals working together is one. And
05:42 there is about eight instances were re brand of football and
05:45 we were one block away. And a lot of times that
05:48 you backside cut off suits your line and not be on
05:51 the proper landmark of the defender. You know everything is movie
05:56 is going to where they're going to be it's been disciplined
05:58 stand low pad level. And that's not just the offensive line
06:02 that may be that tight end on a combination block it
06:04 may be back taking its proper read it may be the
06:07 quarterback keep an. So there was a lot of just --
06:11 single breakdowns. In so we're working to get -- corrected. All
06:21 of all of them exceptionally disappointing. Everything starts operation time our
06:26 pot was -- longer -- fuel execution was too long didn't
06:31 like our coverage and punt team. Kick off team. The kickers
06:36 did do a good job place in the ball on the
06:38 box they sprayed the football which really. Put your coverage team
06:43 in some very challenging situations. Our kick off return team we
06:47 -- maintain our blocks we can't play in space very well.
06:50 You know couple times we have some field returns. You know
06:54 we've changed our scheme a little bit this year with some
06:56 little nuances and we were able to get the ball back
06:59 to the field. So there's a lot of things and again
07:02 in special team just one out of eleven. Everyone has job
07:05 assignment to do -- -- it's impacting the -- some of
07:08 these individuals. -- only have 45 plays in the game you
07:12 could impact the game. You know if you're -- right --
07:15 kick -- return you may get only a few snaps but
07:18 why don't you be the best right guard in the country.
07:21 In America. And that's who we challenged our players each and
07:25 every day we invest too much time as you guys are
07:27 all aware of its special teams to come out perform like
07:31 that. And we have a lot of new faces a lot
07:34 of young players that the disputed gain from the special teams
07:37 games kind of shocked to. But again it's the body positions
07:41 where an awkward body positions. We -- -- need that power
07:44 position so it's just a magnitude of a lot of little
07:48 things. Know if it wasn't it wasn't a returner you. Kim
07:57 Sutton. Had a big hand -- returner in terms of openness
08:01 when the football game because. I'm still say it when the
08:04 hardest skill sets and all football's a catcher -- with a
08:07 four point in time. Yes it covers team has six point
08:11 five seconds to run down field and make -- tackler forces
08:14 fair catch. And I thought his concentration was outstanding but he
08:17 was never given an opportunity. Because we didn't win the line
08:20 of scrimmage. We can stay in return face. And so just
08:24 the small details of what it takes a -- winning football
08:28 teams we do the job of well we came in on
08:38 Sunday it. I'm -- -- -- Monday and we got right
08:41 to work but you know you have to be. Cognizant of
08:45 it was a short week force it was a physical football
08:48 game. And so you have to keep that in mind but
08:50 we have a lot of work to do and it's a
08:52 balancing act but. You know this football team must understand what's
08:58 at stake the more you win the more that's at stake.
09:00 In what you did last week has absolutely no bearing neo
09:05 -- this week. If you have to have a short term
09:08 memory no matter if you win or you lose you put
09:10 it behind you and you move. That's -- we've been stressing.
09:14 It's a very very good football team coming here. It. Much.
09:26 That are will be on practice today he'll be fine just
09:29 rolled his ankle so. Confide in and you'll go to --
09:33 period you go through practice. In terms of -- and you'll
09:37 be out for the year. He towards CEO so it's it's
09:41 very very unfortunate. You know I feel for him I feel
09:45 for a Stanley here's a young man -- in the death.
09:49 Walk on who earned a scholarship he earned it. And it's
09:54 very very unfortunate but that's football. Next guy and will be
09:59 an opportunity. For -- Kendrick be an opportunity for Don TVs
10:04 player. Coleman Thomas so it'll be great opportunity we've been preparing
10:09 these guys produce fuel for. For Jacob just because you know
10:13 he's earned the respect of his peers. He's worked so hard
10:16 to put himself in position are starting left tackle. Know. We'll
10:23 we'll compete for this week. It. More no little bit different
10:35 more similar style toward defense. But again they're very very talented
10:39 in the back in their defense. They run well. And they're
10:44 very very very physical their linebackers are physical downhill. And their
10:49 defense -- very active so again no be different scheme force
10:53 in terms of moving forward from what we saw. From Utah
10:57 State. It was -- players play and hope you feel more
11:02 confident about your ability. You guys. What's ongoing in if you
11:08 don't that that trust. You know over body of work over
11:13 course of time but. These kids. Love football and football in
11:18 their lives they understand what they're representing. Every time they represented
11:22 university Tennessee. But again if you win the week through your
11:26 efforts should practice in and you take the practice. To regain
11:29 field. And so again this is a new week they have
11:32 earned their respect again. After earned their right to win so
11:36 be in what they did last week has no bearing on
11:39 this week and that's something that. We'll continue to harp on
11:41 and we're educating the football team. Again these individuals have no
11:45 idea. That you. A good twelve room after the game came
11:50 up to me -- -- coach right now you which you
11:53 insane. Now I've experienced it you know when you think about
11:57 it all the emotions of going to your first game he
12:00 show up it. There's. About 55000. People greet you with the
12:06 ball walk that's a powerful. Energetic experience in and of itself.
12:12 And going through your pregame and and all of a sudden
12:15 having a -- rainstorm. You know and then maybe haven't. The
12:20 consequences of having to push back. Your pregame warmup for you
12:24 you're you're preparing for a lightning delay in all of those
12:27 things -- clutter distractions. And 1718 year olds that are going
12:33 to a for the first time that's why I thought they
12:35 handled in game management. Pretty well for first game. Well I
12:49 think it's how you look at it. It is difficult because
12:53 you know won't. We know first and you win with consistency
12:57 and continuity but those have been some great coaches and have
13:00 a great coaching staff there again. -- players are well prepared.
13:05 They challenges dramatically and special teams in all the different looks
13:08 that they present. And then their little nuances can medically and
13:12 offense -- defense as well severe and extremely well coached football
13:15 team and they play with great effort. They have a passion
13:19 to get to the football but everything is how you look
13:22 at it just like in life. You know they've been touched
13:25 by. Some great football coaches so they learn the fine details
13:29 of football fundamentals. And so you know it can also be.
13:34 You know it can be. How to one's advantage because of
13:37 all the different coaches you go through and you learn different
13:40 things about the game of football but. They have a great
13:42 coaching staff in place right now -- have a lot of
13:44 respect. -- offer them. It. Yes found out yesterday. And he
13:56 was still on our team meeting. And I spoke briefly with
14:00 him and we'll continue to have dialogue but you know our
14:02 players want -- around you they wonder had to move his
14:05 locker. To be next to the other tackles you know and
14:08 that's kind of the mindset that the body and -- like
14:12 to -- behind but the investment. Of this football team right
14:16 now there they can gain their thinking about each other. And
14:20 that was great to see again I I love him love
14:22 his fan I love everything that they stand for. Right disappointed.
14:30 You know he's put a lot of hard work and a
14:32 lot of effort a lot of commitment. Into it in. But
14:38 it'll serve him for years down the road with him and
14:41 adversity and persevered and he'll be better from it. But obviously
14:46 you know you'd expect him to be down when you invest
14:48 so much and. It is currently Friday night -- slightly he.
14:53 Obviously didn't have loved every -- he makes up its mind.
14:59 Explosive. I'd dynamic with the ball in his hands. I asked
15:03 to be accounted for and everything that he does it can
15:06 distribute the football. In all ways that you just mentioned that's
15:10 what he can do he could put -- position he can
15:13 change the game and -- -- It is an expert literally
15:21 burn out resulting. The. With. Just consistency. And you know some
15:29 experience but will continue Q. Evaluate our secondary. The individual you
15:35 just spoke about will continue to compete. A week in and
15:39 week out now -- be evolving. You know is this football
15:42 team continues to evolve but. A -- Jerel McNeal has had
15:45 a very very good training camp. Right now no we were
15:54 looking in the everything anything and everything trying to exhaust all
15:57 measures but. Right now while we're still in the investigative stages
16:02 of that. Just a little bit not much but. You know
16:08 understand in the -- Tennessee in. Being a long time coach
16:12 in the SEC in in all that so had a chance
16:15 to meet in the few times. But not have a personal
16:19 relationship where. Yeah we've gotten together before just that -- and
16:23 in and a lot of people who do know and speak
16:26 very fondly of him. Fewer than it was -- -- starters.
16:32 Were no mystery -- -- is now. Well it's it's a
16:39 concern from an overall depth standpoint that's where your concern comes
16:43 from. We've wrapped a number of individuals all training camp we've
16:47 had a plan in place. You always have contingency plans as
16:51 coaches. And so the great thing is Kendrick. Coleman Thomas. Blair
16:57 they've all garnered. First team repetitions. So in terms of teaching
17:04 it. Are learning it they've had as many reps -- Jacob
17:07 is hats you know but now it's the individuals working together
17:11 the great thing is is they'll be next to Marcus Jackson.
17:14 Who I thought played a very very good football game Sunday
17:17 night and -- he's experienced. I don't know. My sources my
17:30 informative sources tell me it's his left -- We've always there's
17:35 -- -- he's going bruins' best. Is that what it looked
17:38 him in court. Who I'm sorry. -- brings it every day
17:44 you know he's grateful and thankful to be here in he
17:47 always has a smile on his face. And he works exceptionally
17:50 hard and he loves to compete. He's a great competitor and
17:53 we talk about competing for greatness and although we do whether
17:57 it's off the field in the community in the classroom --
17:59 on the football field. And out. He has great competitive character
18:03 great competitive make. Now gain consistency at -- in the first
18:07 catch. That ball was up past his -- you can get
18:10 heart attack on the sidelines. So it's taking care of the
18:13 football as well with him. Right. Well first of all pass
18:25 protection. And you know the First Act. He gave up you
18:30 know he didn't -- gives tips he got bull rush and
18:33 he's really consistently been one of our best. I'll pass protectors
18:37 and all of training camp and after that one I think
18:40 that was a little hello and welcome to college football and
18:43 that he settled down but I just think. You know you'll
18:46 overall. Instincts fundamentals fine details pass protection. -- route running. And
18:53 -- your run reads it in understand how to run angles
18:56 and set your blockers out. Great running backs placed alignment under
19:00 blocks. It so just to find details. At that position in
19:04 the I think you'll see jail and continue to improve day
19:08 in day out week in and week out. Very able he's
19:13 a weapon and we're -- give him. You know the ball
19:16 more on the perimeter it's a different set she may even
19:18 see him in the slot at times because he's got very
19:21 soft hands he's -- with the ball in his hands. As
19:27 he did. Yes yes you're exactly right thanks John for bringing
19:35 it up is. You know on the Howard did a great
19:38 job finish in Iran but you know we talk about the
19:41 junction point the point of attack in. He all of would
19:44 have never got in the end zone if it wasn't for
19:46 jail when her in to me that was one of the
19:48 best place. Jalen had all game and it wasn't. He and
19:52 we talk about plan without the ball and Europeans in impact
19:55 in the game. You can impact gained from running next in
19:59 point mortgages carry the ball and that's part of being a
20:02 complete running back and you're exactly right he was the reason
20:05 why at all was able to get the bonus check reports.
20:09 It. An old friend. Plus. And. I thought you don't play
20:26 well. He got a tough yards and again off four yard
20:30 run. He's a good run four plus four plus four I'm
20:35 not mistaking equals twelve that right hugs. K so that's a
20:40 first down. And you get four yards first in the big
20:43 runs will come. Jean -- tough yards I thought he ran
20:47 behind his pads. He -- -- play again and again you
20:51 don't need to screenplay with his block at the point of
20:54 attack. Made that occur but nobody sees that. So again those
20:59 are all the things we talk about plane complementary football playing
21:04 togethers one. But I thought Jalen you know for his first
21:07 game get some really good things to build upon in terms
21:10 of in this in his senior year I think he benefited
21:13 from. Being an early -- so he's able to kind of
21:16 gain that back in the winter months and strength and conditioning.
21:20 And then also in spring football heaven -- fifteen opportunities. It.
21:31 Right. Well it's a challenge. And again you have the Montana
21:35 state game but also you know you have to look at
21:38 you know. Other forms of where they've been in kind of
21:43 try to say OK what games they gonna look at how
21:45 they gonna try to. You know schematic in the lineup against
21:48 us -- it's a great challenge and especially with the young
21:51 football team. You have to be ready again for anything and
21:55 everything so -- others still another game of the unknowns because
21:58 we only have one film on them. And you know a
22:01 lot of times. The packages and offense defense and special teams.
22:07 Will continue to expand and grow from week one week to
22:10 just -- we'll do some different things as well but again
22:13 you have to be ready for anything and everything. Be used
22:17 in this game -- -- this very tough talk about good
22:20 neighborhood around this stuff. Tennis in this game you make sure.
22:27 So this thing. Well we haven't done anything yet we won
22:30 one football. In Arkansas State's a good football team gets back
22:35 to. I think you already know the answer to Power One
22:39 one common commitment. -- common purpose one mindset one opponent at
22:44 a time one practice -- all I wanna do is win
22:47 today. A wanna be a better football team. As soon as
22:51 we walk off the fields of the century complex that's what.
22:55 Is you better football team in the Power One and and
22:58 now our players have done a good job today idle idle
23:01 for -- be any problem at all. But again just focus
23:05 on the one thing in it if each player can better
23:09 their game just one thing. Collectively improve as a football team.
23:15 -- Well Chris is a very talented young man is he
23:20 continues to grasp and knowledge. Defensive scheme and also on special
23:25 teams. You'll see his role continue to be elevated within our
23:29 schemes but he's very explosive. Can run he's big bodied individual
23:34 who could run. And that's -- -- individuals we needed --
23:38 recruit here to improve our roster. In football is very very
23:41 important to me he's done a great job picking things up
23:45 he when you look at it kind of remarkable. -- and
23:49 arrive till August. It could be doing what he's doing and
23:53 very short period of time. I'm excited to see what he
23:57 could do when he. It's a couple weeks of true practices.
24:01 And not just training camp but you know he's an individual
24:03 who -- and should continue to -- developing get better and
24:07 better. There what I thought we ran the football we're still
24:16 not quite though. Of what we expect their expectations and our
24:21 demands of how we're going to play defense here. But I
24:24 deeds he marked improvement. I thought our players played with confidence.
24:30 But again I thought for the first game we tackled. Fairly
24:35 decent even when you look at our tackling percentages but still.
24:39 Long long way to go you know from being able to
24:42 apply pressure with a three man rush with a form and
24:45 rush. You know we gave up a couple big runs. We
24:49 missed -- a couple runs. We were too wide and are
24:53 alignments that exposed -- -- some passes. So -- alignment and
24:58 assignment. That's where it starts and we still had too many
25:01 alignment breakdown -- assignment breakdowns. That we need to improve going
25:06 in Arkansas State but I see progress Jimmy answer your question
25:10 and not -- I see progress. -- -- -- -- --
25:20 We'll -- in everything about the game is confidence that you
25:23 earn your confidence to your body of work and you consistency
25:26 and performance. In Josh has been consistent all camp. And it
25:31 was great to see him again and start off with debt
25:34 with that big running catch but again. A comedian bring up
25:38 the blocked by old power without the blocked by all powered.
25:42 That long past never happens again debts that we talk about
25:45 playing together as a unit. The power of the position power
25:49 the unit they can place for each other being unselfish. And
25:52 again that was as big of a play. -- all had
25:56 as anyone is spring and have blocked for Josh to be
25:59 able they had the big running catch. Analysts. They're well. And
26:06 wouldn't you know. Hard on my right back. Well he's continued
26:12 develop. And he's done a very good job -- -- now
26:15 it's for real. But. He's really taken coaching. He listens to
26:21 every -- coach Mahoney says. I started to see him play
26:24 with a little bit more of a mentality. Of what we
26:27 expect not there yet not anywhere. What we expect but I've
26:32 seen marked improvement in his development he's very intelligent. He's very
26:37 athletic. I'm excited to see how far he can take this.
26:41 -- -- It helps. But you're talking about two totally different
26:51 dynamics at quarterback. What we do defensively will be a little
26:55 bit different then that you -- statement. You know every game
26:59 is in new story every game takes on kind of a
27:02 flavor of its own. So you'll see some some differences. But
27:06 now both are very very good quarterbacks but the theory there.
27:11 Particularly different they're different with each other's. They're gonna involve the
27:18 quarterback -- run game and reads in. Called place for the
27:23 quarterback he's the catalyst he makes it happen. Weathered stone --
27:27 ball whether it's running and for the foot run the football.
27:30 They have designed runs schemes for him and very rightfully so
27:34 he's very dynamic. Well that's one of our. Keys to winning
27:47 football games as efficiency in the red zone be inefficient. When
27:51 we get the ball in the red zone here to take
27:53 advantage of it. -- -- Peter red zone efficiency scored touchdowns.
27:58 As opposed to kicking field goals although we didn't. Who aren't
28:01 able to get much rhythm and consistency and continuity offense in
28:05 the first half. What I did like is leery of scored
28:08 touchdowns for the doubles partner red zone. We get degree turn
28:12 over our kickoff team we converted into seven points if we
28:16 converted a three point it's really went for the defense. So
28:19 being able to you when you get their reg Jones scored
28:22 seven as opposed to three. But again we spent a lot
28:26 of time with our red zone in working with the red
28:28 zone because that's one of the keys to winning football games.
28:37 They'll continue to compete. Each and every day and whoever has
28:41 the most productivity and practice will be here kicker and --
28:45 week in week out so we compete everything that we do
28:48 our football program and place kickers no different. He's one of
29:00 our fastest players. From gains speed repetitions and that's one of
29:05 the things from our sports science department that really track --
29:09 You know the amount of miles we spend each and every
29:12 day it's really amazing when you think of what what the
29:15 bodies of these young kids go through. Each and every day
29:19 with practice and that's why rest recovery nutrition. You know hydration.
29:26 You know the training room Jason Day all of those are
29:28 critical pillars of your football program we spent a lot of
29:31 time in sports science and things. Aren't thank you.
Butch Jones addressed the media Tuesday afternoon in his weekly press conference, a day late for this opening week of the season because of Labor Day.
Here's the transcript of what Butch had to say to start the press conference, courtesy UTSports.com:
"Good afternoon, good to see everyone again, kind of a recap from a couple nights ago and then moving onto Arkansas State. From a competitive standpoint, I liked the way we competed, I thought our players were ready to go. I thought they did a great job of really preparing themselves mentally and physically for game day. They put in the work. We talk about investing in victory each and every week, earning the right to win as opposed to hoping to win. I thought our players did a pretty decent job with that considering a lot of these individuals are going through it for the first time of their in-game preparation and weekly preparation.
"I thought they did a good job with our in game management, our overall management of the sidelines. I always had the appropriate personnel out on the field, so that was great to see.
"Offensively we took care of the football. From a communicative aspect, I thought our communication was about above average. We need to continue to improve in that. I thought defensively I thought we did a good job on staying ahead of the chains, staying ahead of the sticks, forcing third-and-long situations. But major, major, major improvements must occur with this football team. It starts with special teams, I was not pleased at all with our performance on special teams. We did not play winning football. In the teams game, we spend, we invest too much time in our special teams game and everyone taking ownership of their role, executing their assignment and doing their job. We chart impactful plays, every individual can impact the game in one shape, form, or another. With Arkansas State, coming in here for a noon game, we need to continue to improve in all facets of special teams.
"Didn't think we had much rhythm and consistency on offense in the first half. We had great field position and we should have had more points at half time. Too many three-and-outs, weren't able to extend drives.
"Defensively, even though we had a couple forced turnovers, I didn't like our ball disruptions. We were trying to get the ball out, I didn't think we swarmed to the football that we expect our defenses to play here. I think we need to make major strides that way.
"And then the ability to run the football, we averaged 2.8 yards per rush. I don't look at averages, I look at run efficiency. What is the definition of an efficient run? An efficient run is four yards or more, or if it is second-and-short or third-and-short you get the first down. Because your average rush or yards per carry could be misconstrued because you could have one 80-yard run and then the rest you are below average. But when you look at the average it looks good. I am more interested in realistic statistics which is run efficiency and I didn't think we did a very good job there. We have to be able to run a little bit more.
"Next challenge now for this young football team, a little less than 50 percent made their debut, offensively there was just one starter that started the game that started last year's Kentucky game. So we started 10 new faces on offense. We need to continue to develop this week with it being a short week it critical. The next evolution of this football team is learning how to prepare your minds and your bodies for noon start. A 12 o'clock game, adjusting your body clocks. That is a little bit different as well in your preparation and your mindset. Everything continues to be new learning experience as we continue to grow and mature as a football team.
"Arkansas State, comes in here, their players expect to win no matter who the head coach has been. They win and they go to bowl games. If you look at their body of work over a period of time it has been very, very impressive. They are an up-tempo, no huddle offense, they like to snap the ball exceptionally quick. Their offensive line does a great job, their center is the gas pedal and he does a great job, they all do. Sprinting to the line of scrimmage and getting lined up. They have one of the best punters/kickers in the country. He can flip field position in a hurry so they are a very good football team. They are a veteran group in the back end of their defense and the secondary and they will pose our receivers some great, great challenges. They are very physical, they run to the football, their quarterback is dynamic with the ball in his hands, he can also distribute the football. They have good wide receivers. So a good football team. Our football team has to come in ready to play Saturday at noon.
"The other challenge is, we need Vol Nation. We had the best football environment in the country, 102,455, our fans were outstanding. It didn't matter, rainbows, rain, shine, they were here and they stayed to the end. Our student section was outstanding, the Rocky Top Rowdies, now as we call them. We are going to need everyone. I am told, again, we are close to a sellout. We need everyone to buy their tickets and support this football team and continue to make one of the greatest venues in all of college football and a home field advantage for this young football team."
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