If that seems odd given the Volunteers’ recent struggles, it’s because it is.
Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs speaks to reporters at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Hoover, Ala.
Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.
One of those leaders is redshirt senior Curt Maggitt.
Said defensive back Cam Sutton,”Hungry”.
The Vols came into Tuesday’s media session with the expectations much different in the past two seasons.
Jones’ retort: “Contrary to reports, there were no backflips and there were no somersaults”. “But I think in the world of college football, you’re judged by wins and losses but also you’re judged by does your team overachieve or underachieve”.
He threw for 1,206 passing yards, tossed nine touchdowns, rushed for 469 yards and scored eight times on the ground previous year in essentially a half-season as the starting quarterback.
And for the Vols, they’re hoping for a breakout season in Butch Jones third year on Rocky Top.
It’s been an offseason of mounting hype and elevated expectations. This team has designs on contending in the SEC East Division, not just making another bowl game.
With an experienced team and an upgraded talent level, it appears Tennessee will have a chance to return to national relevancy in 2015.
“We just can’t be a year older, we have to be a year better”, he said. “I breezed right through age 60, breezed right through 65, and I’m going to try my best to breeze right on through 70”, said Spurrier, who’s heading into his 11th season at South Carolina and his 31st season overall as a head coach. “We’ve got talent. That’s not a secret”. And we know what we’re getting with Josh day in and day out, week in and week out. “I was working on an F-135 engine, which go in the new F-35 fighter jets that our Marine, Army and Navy will all be flying different variants of the plane”.
The question, of course, is if the Vols can handle the pressure and weight of what’s expected of them and deliver the kind of season the program hasn’t had in a long time. When you’re at Tennessee, you always have high expectations.
“It’s been a great opportunity to continue to push my teammates and motivate them this offseason”, Dobbs said.
Another Gamecocks opponent made some staff changes after a season which fell short of expectations.
“It was awesome”, Dobbs said of the experience. “There’s always expectations around this program”. That’s why you go to Tennessee. That’s what we’re here for. “It’s the reason we come to Tennessee to a program like this”. “His mother and father keep him on task at those goals”. The bowl win was the first wince 2008.
“All we can control is what we do as a team”, Sutton said. “We understand what we’re getting with Josh, and we always talk about consistency and performance”. We don’t worry about the outside or what we can’t control. “Six weeks later, we can’t win a game”, Sumlin said.
Jones thinks the strong finish and back-to-back highly rated recruiting classes have created some momentum for his program and “positive energy” surrounding the Vols. He says this season’s feel “is different for each and every player” from 2014.
“I think people look around and make them feel like they can see it. We’re nowhere near where we need to go”.
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