Vols’ youth bring energy, confidence to upperclassmen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee isn’t as prepared of a football team as it would like to be at this stage of fall camp.

While it’s true that no team is ever really 100 percent polished and running like  a well-oiled machine, the Vols are particularly behind the curve because of injuries.

Tennessee, ranked No. 25 in the nation, plays Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. on Monday in Atlanta at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Offensive coordinator Larry Scott recently said the Vols’ expectation is to win, but Scott also challenged players by saying he’s looking forward to seeing who steps up and who proves they can handle the moment.

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Scott knows fully well how unproven many of his offensive players are.

Coach Butch Jones disclosed that five or six offensive linemen were out at one time this fall with minor injuries, and that’s what led to the cancellation of the first scrimmage and reps being limited in the second scrimmage.

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It was a setback for a team that’s breaking in two new quarterbacks, several young skill position players and an offensive line that lacks cohesion.

SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss Tennessee’s preparation, and the confidence that the coaching staff and players have shown despite the limited scrimmages.

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