[Live Blog] Meet the Vols: UT football preseason press conference

Editor's note: This live event has concluded, GoVolsXtra.com will have continued coverage on the preseason press conference throughout the day.

Butch Jones and members of the UT football team are addressing the media today at 11 a.m., and the News Sentinel along with Govolsxtra will have extensive coverage of the event.

We will be updating this page throughout the morning and afternoon with the latest developments, be sure to refresh for the most recent content.

Update 44

12:37: Jones ends the press conference saying that everything his program does is for the personal development of the players.

Update 43

12:35: Jones: DB Eric Gordon not part of the football team, but part of football program. Jones said he is very close to graduation.

Update 42

12:33: Photo: Jones speaks to the media.

Update 41

12:32: Everything starts with the head coach and the coaching staff.

Update 40

12:29: Jones on a special uniform: "That's something that's been important to certain programs ... I respect tradition here at Tennessee ... There may be something coming, but everything we do will respect our traditions at Tennessee."

Update 39

12:27: Jones: "You talk about relying on individuals, that idea developed in my office with Peyton Manning.

Update 38

12:25: Jones: "I'll say it: We'll be as good as Dan McCullers goes. It is what it is."

Update 37

12:23: Jones earlier: "I want a McDonald’s team. You go anywhere in the country and order a number 1 meal, you know what you’re getting."

Update 36

12:21: Jones: "For this team to excel we have to play great special teams."

Update 35

12:19: One thing that slipped by that Jones said earlier: "You guys are gonna have to get used to me. I'm going to be here a while."

Update 34

12:18: Jones: "We may have to rely on some true freshman on the line of scrimmage.

Update 33

12:15: Jones says that this team has been the fastest of his first year teams to grasp his program. "This team has bought in quicker than the other two."

Update 32

12:13: Jones on starting quarterback: Not ready to name one yet, looking for an "alpha male," will name one when the opportunity presents itself. Doesn't know when, wants to see what all 4 quarterbacks bring to the table. "If someone distances himself, we'll name a starting quarterback."

Update 31

12:11: Video: Jones talks to reporters.

Update 30

12:10: Jones: Not worried about depth chart.

Update 29

12:09: Jones says he does not know which freshman will play yet, it's an ongoing process.

Update 28

12:08: Jones: "We are not going to worry about the end results, we can't." Adds the only thing we can control is getting better hour by hour. "Are we going to be the most talented team this season? No we're not. Talent doesn't win championships, teams win championships."

Update 27

12:05: Jones addresses the media: "I think you can understand that there is a lot of excitement right now starting a new season ... we've had a very productive off season, our players have answered ever challenge we've given them ... and to me before we could even think of winning on the field we had to think off the field ... how we represent this football in class." Adds that week 2 and 3 in training camp will be key, "that's where a team is born."

Update 26

11:56: Butch Jones is up next.

Update 25

11:54: Video: Dontavis Sapp and AJ Johnson talk about competition.

Update 24

11:53: One on one interviews have started.

Update 23

11:52: Sapp: "I feel like last year statistically we had a bad defense, we had all the players doing things right ... we had a lot of mental errors. With a new staff we trimmed a lot of that down.

Update 22

11:50: AJ: "Coach Jones came with a lot of passion, that's what you need out on the field ... he wants the best out of all of us ... we are in a new year, a lot of us are coming with more heart."

Update 21

11:48: Short video of the presser.

Update 20

11:44: Sapp: "The defense is a lot simpler, they made the concepts a lot easier to grasp ... the speed we are going on is right on."

Update 20

11:42: AJ on the summer: "It's been a good summer, we've been working hard and everything, it's been one of the best summers since I've been playing football."

Update 19

11:41: AJ Johnson and Dontavis Sapp are up next.

Update 18

11:38: Photo: Corey Miller and Brian Randolph.

Update 17

11:36: One on one interviews have started.

Update 16

11:36: More from Miller: He says he doesn't pay attention to preseason expectations or "message boards." "We could have won 10 games last year. It's all about finishing in the fourth quarter."

Update 15

11:35: Corey Miller on difference between this year and last year: "The difference is we have to be driving no matter what."

Update 14

11:33: Corey Miller on being a senior: "Only seven games left (in Neyland). This is my last go-round, my last chance. We've been through a lot."

Update 13

11:32: Photo from the earlier one on ones.

Update 12

11:29: On the 4-3: Defensive End Corey Miller said the new defense is a better fit for his skills. "The 4-3 is great for me," he said. Adds, "It puts a little more responsibility on our shoulders." Says they're spending a lot more time in the film room, "it's part of the togetherness."

Update 11

11:26: Randolph on family atmosphere on team: "We trust each other more ... more people have stepped up this year."

Update 10

11:25: Miller on team family: "We've had cookouts together, we've been rafting together... as far as being a family we've never come this close before."

Update 9

11:22:Defensive Back Brian Randolph and Defensive End Corey Miller are next up.

Update 8

11:17: One on one interviews have started.

Update 7

11:15: Photo: Center James Stone and Quaterback Justin Worley.

Update 6

11:14: Stone: "I feel as a team we have fixed our focus ... we are a more cohesive team."

Update 5

11:13: Another quote that stands out so far: Justin Worley said he expects the quarterback battle to continue into the fall camp. "I think (coach Butch Jones) just wants to see how fall camp plays out. That's his decision to make."

Update 4

11:11: Offensive lineman James Stone said he feels more pressure because "we're the oldest group on the team." Also says, "We're just focused on the process of Week 1 of camp, and then Week 2, and then Week 3....Everyone wants to win games. That's a goal of ours. To win games, go to a bowl game, win a bowl game."

Update 3

11:09: Stone on summer training: "I'm very pleased on where they're at ... I'm really happy."

Update 2

11:06: Center James Stone and Quarterback Justin Worley start the presser. Say they are refining their skills, huge goal of ours is to win games. Say transition hasn't been too drastic, biggest change is up-tempo, terminology.

Update 1

11:00: The media is gathered for the start of the press conference.

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Comments » 9

Olddogsrule writes:

James Stone was asked what the O-line thought about the running game with Rajon and Marlin returning.
He said they were excited to have THREE backs who could carry the rock.

Yeah! Pound the Rock!

standfast#211788 writes:

There is a misconception that this team needs a great quarterback to have a successful season. Does anyone remember Jim Maxwell and Darrell Dickey? They were not great quarterbacks, but they led the team to successful seasons. A good quarterback just needs to provide leadership, take care of the football and minimize the mistakes. Go Vols!

lahvolman2 writes:

Before anyone on here pokes a sharp stick in my eye, I just want to remind everyone that Joe Flaco played for Delaware, an FCS school.....Now my comment...I just read an article in the Chatt Times on North Dakota State who is an overwhelming favorite to win their 3rd NC in a row... Coach Craig Bohl made a comment that really stood out..." The really good football teams we've been associated with here and that I've personally been associated with...those seniors had their best year...certainly our experience has been helpful. But experience without productivity won't get you very far." Nough Said!!!

Olddogsrule writes:

"Talent doesn't win championships, teams win championships."

True that. Exemplified in Big Orange Country by the 1998 National Championship TEAM.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Jones says that this team has been the fastest of his first year teams to grasp his program. "This team has bought in quicker than the other two."

This one statement speaks volumes! One thing is the players a tired of being beat. I think our team is ready to fight back. And become winners!
GO VOLS!!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Jones says that this team has been the fastest of his first year teams to grasp his program. "This team has bought in quicker than the other two."

This one statement speaks volumes! One thing is the players a tired of being beat. I think our team is ready to fight back. And become winners!
GO VOLS!!!

So do I! Competitive young men don't take well to failure and frustration. They either lose their heart for the game and go through the motions, or quit, or flunk out, or get in trouble OR they decide that they aren't going to let themselves be kicked around again and use all that frustration as fuel for workouts and such. High, hot emotions don't often last long; cold, grim determination to "show them" can be eternal.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Olddogsrule:

James Stone was asked what the O-line thought about the running game with Rajon and Marlin returning.
He said they were excited to have THREE backs who could carry the rock.

Yeah! Pound the Rock!

Who do you think the third back is, Alden Hill? Is he good enough to push Neal and Lane? I surely hope they can keep the RBs healthy and rested enough to take advantage of that experienced line and take some pressure off the inexperienced QBs, receivers, and defense. Whew! Looks like a lot may be riding on that running game!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to standfast#211788:

There is a misconception that this team needs a great quarterback to have a successful season. Does anyone remember Jim Maxwell and Darrell Dickey? They were not great quarterbacks, but they led the team to successful seasons. A good quarterback just needs to provide leadership, take care of the football and minimize the mistakes. Go Vols!

TNT basketball commentator Kenny Smith had an interesting take on that issue of "talent v. team". He said that it was more important for a player to make the correct decisions on the field or court than it was to have great talent. If a player makes ALL the "routine" plays ALL the time, he is going to win more often than not, and often against "superior" talent. A smart player or team can scheme away some of even a "superior" opponent's strengths while directing their own strengths at the opponent's weaknesses. It doesn't usually take "heroic" plays to win games if all the utterly necessary non-heroic things have been getting done all day. I do not dismiss talent, but I want players who know or are willing to learn how to USE whatever talent they have in positive ways rather than act like prima-donnas who cut corners or demand favors.

climberNeeds2workATwendys writes:

I remember a certain vol team that took a great Miami team that took them to the wood shed. the Miami team arrived with sun glasses on...talent is always a way to succeed.

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