HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Butch Jones was in Hoover Monday for his 5th appearance at SEC Media Days. He said on the plane ride down he had a chance to reflect on what has changed in the time he has been there. It isn't just what they have done on the field, but what they have done in the classroom too, "Just four and a half years ago where our program was facing the potential APR penalty, and now that's a thing of the past."
And on the field, he says he is proud of what they have been able to accomplish as well, "we're one of only three programs that have won nine games two years in a row."
But if the Volunteers want to continue that streak, they will have to do so without Joshua Dobbs. "You're replacing an individual who really leaves a legacy at the University of Tennessee in Joshua Dobbs and everything that he brought to the quarterback position."
Jones said he is very excited about the quarterback position going forward, and has been very happy with the competition he has seen so far.
Tennessee started the 2016 season strong, going 5-0, but stumbled down the stretch, going 3-4 in their last 7 regular season games. Jones said he feels that performance taught the younger players on the team a lot, "I think it was a great illustration, to some of our younger players at the time, that you are one snap away and no matter who's out there the names never change, but expectations change, and being ready for the opportunity when the opportunity presents itself."
The Tennessee Volunteers open the season on Labor Day against Georgia Tech.