Nick Reveiz could see it coming.
Oregon's Cliff Harris had just returned an interception for a touchdown to put Tennessee down two scores in the middle of the third quarter last Saturday.
"We didn't look like we were wanting to compete," UT's senior middle linebacker said at Monday's weekly news conference.
"We need to be excited. I'm not putting this on all the guys, I'm putting this on myself, too. As a senior, walking away from that game, I took it real hard. I'm trying to have some soul-searching and look at what I need do better as far as on the field and off the field."
UT coach Derek Dooley was disappointed with how his team handled their first bout with adversity. He said Sunday he wants his team to focus more on the intangible process than the scoreboard or the results.
But that lacks a quick and easy solution.
"I think over time it comes," Dooley said. "There's not a pill they can swallow, they're not just going to tomorrow wake up and say, 'I can fight through adversity.' You've got to go in there and get some again and play a little better next time.
"The good news is we've got plenty of adversity ahead of us. We're not going to have to be short of that situation again. We've got plenty of opportunities to work our way through adversity."
That learning process continues Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) when 10th-ranked Florida (2-0) visits in the SEC opener for both teams.
"It's like addiction," Dooley said.
"We can't get beat 21-0 in the fourth quarter when it's a 14-point game and not acknowledge something might have happened here mentally. Step two is maybe learning about what happened, and then three is what are some steps to correct it."
The focus for Reveiz is moving on and not dwelling too much on how well the Vols (1-1) played prior to the pick-six.
"You can't take moral victories," Reveiz said.
"That can't be your goal. Well, we lost but this is the positives - again, you do want to look at the positives and you always do want to have a positive outlook.
"But at the same time, (Oregon) beat our butts, let's just be honest here. It's good to look at those positives, but you've got to be realistic.
"Hey, you can be mad about it for 24 hours but then you've got to move on."
Touch Of Gray: The Vols struggled against Oregon in what Dooley calls the "gray zone."
It's the in-between area inside the opponent's 40-yard line that creates the decision to kick a field goal, punt or go for it on fourth down, and it drives Dooley crazy.
"We talk about the red zone, but there's a gray zone that gives me gray hairs, and that's why I call it (that)," he joked.
Reminiscing: Reveiz is no stranger to the rivalry the Vols have with Florida.
Not only will Saturday be his fifth game against the Gators, but the former Farragut High School standout grew up around it as well.
"One of my first memories of Neyland Stadium was 1998, when Jeff Hall kicked that game-winning field goal against Florida," he said.
"It's always been a rivalry in my opinion. This is something I've been looking forward to since I was a little kid."
Status Update: Junior center Cody Pope (stinger) did not practice, and Dooley said Pope is day-to-day. If Pope can't go, Darin Gooch would start and Carson Anderson would be the backup.
Freshman kicker Michael Palardy (groin) did practice.
Power Towel: Second Harvest Food Bank with hold the 19th annual Tim Kerin Memorial Drive before Saturday's game.
Fans can get an orange and white power towel for a $5 donation or give a $1 donation (enough to provide three meals) outside of each gate at Neyland Stadium two hours prior to kickoff.
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.