For Vols, it's a win to build on

Butch Jones can find little fault

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Tennessee wide receiver Pig Howard celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The Vols won 45-0.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee wide receiver Pig Howard celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The Vols won 45-0.

Austin Peay began football 77 years ago. It’s a wonder the bullies in the SEC waited this long to pick on the Governors. Tennessee launched the Butch Jones Era to a rollicking start Saturday night, flattening their Ohio Valley Conference guests from Clarksville 45-0 before a Neyland Stadium crowd of 97,169.

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Comments » 6

FatherVol writes:

",,,This is a special place," said Coach Jones.

Gotta love a coach who lets his heart reveal itself.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

This guy is going to be one of those special coaches that come around special places in the time of need. God knows we are one of those places.

Less hope he don't burn himself out while restoring the past years of glory & tradition that has been hibernating for several years now.

JSmith525 writes:

Was a great win even if against an FCS team. This is just what the Team needed to get their confidence back on track.
Worley was just awesome as was Neal running behind that awesome OL.
Peterman needs some work, I think all can see now why Worley was selected as starter. He will get there I'm sure, but he will need to be more aware and make quicker decisions. Some of his passes took way to much time to develop.
If they can play like this the complete season, there could be a couple of surprise wins on the way.
I am concerned about the 2nd and 3rd units. This is SEC football and the Team will need them to step it up, the first team cannot play the whole season, backups will be needed.
I felt that the defense came out strong and looked much better than I had thought they would.
No flags was great to see.
The Hill Toppers put a beat down on the Wildkittens yesterday and for sure will be more of a challenge than AP. It would be nice to put a butt whipping on them and head to Oregon with a boat load of confidence.
How sweet would a win out there be?

GO Vols!!! You got to love this coaching staff!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Was a great win even if against an FCS team. This is just what the Team needed to get their confidence back on track.
Worley was just awesome as was Neal running behind that awesome OL.
Peterman needs some work, I think all can see now why Worley was selected as starter. He will get there I'm sure, but he will need to be more aware and make quicker decisions. Some of his passes took way to much time to develop.
If they can play like this the complete season, there could be a couple of surprise wins on the way.
I am concerned about the 2nd and 3rd units. This is SEC football and the Team will need them to step it up, the first team cannot play the whole season, backups will be needed.
I felt that the defense came out strong and looked much better than I had thought they would.
No flags was great to see.
The Hill Toppers put a beat down on the Wildkittens yesterday and for sure will be more of a challenge than AP. It would be nice to put a butt whipping on them and head to Oregon with a boat load of confidence.
How sweet would a win out there be?

GO Vols!!! You got to love this coaching staff!

Good post; pretty much agree with all. I was a bit concerned about Worley's accuracy and timing with the receivers but much encouraged by the receivers' ability to make tough catches. I am less concerned about the backups, especially Peterman, because they were playing in units that have probably had very little practice time together. The subs might be considerably better coming in one or two at a time with the regulars. It is nice to be able to substitute whole units at a time with little dropoff, but the Vols just don't have that luxury this year. It will be a challenge for the coaches all year to balance the rotations. The Vols are young but they seem to play with energy and all are hungry to get this thing turned around. It's only APSU, but as the old saying goes, "Well begun is half done."

jandjhome#228397 writes:

I was impressed with Worley's decision making. If he keeps this up the Freshmen may be kept on the sideline.Peterman needs improvement or one of the freshmen will replace him.

underthehill writes:

I see this as merely a dress rehearsal for a real ball game..hard to have a game without competition..and there was none..now if the Vols can beat W Ky..even by a small margin..it will be worth talking about how they did it..W Ky has a very good looking offense and I expect a very competitive game..not a breather like was intended when this game was scheduled...

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