Butch Jones press conference: preparing for Western Kentucky
Tennessee didn’t take many shots down the field in Saturday’s blowout against Austin Peay, and Butch Jones wasn’t pleased with the results when the Vols did.
Jones said he counted four legitimate downfield throws, although only one stands out -- an under-thrown pass to Marquez North that was one of only two incomplete passes by quarterback Justin Worley all day.
Jones said Worley has started to master game management. Now he must take the next step and create big plays.
“We have to have big splash football plays,” Jones said in his weekly news conference on Monday. “In the world of college football, you can't play perfect. When the play is blocked for four yards, we can't get four yards. We need to get six or seven. We have to have the ability to throw a three-step slant or a five-yard hitch and turn a five-yard gain into a 30-yard gain.”
Jones said he didn’t put all of the burden on Worley.
“We have some (receivers) who are capable of making big splash football plays,” Jones said. “There were a couple times where we had the perfect play call and we have an M.A. (missed assignment). It’s a young receiver making a young individual's mistake.”
The Vols (1-0) play Western Kentucky (1-0) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: SEC Network, 12:21 p.m.)
Read more later today on GoVolsXtra and in tomorrow’s News Sentinel.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.