[Video] Butch Jones wants Vols to make a bigger splash on offense

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14), right, takes the field during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14), right, takes the field during the first half against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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.

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volfreak#210492 writes:

I think there are a couple of corrections that need to be made to this (must have been submitted in haste) - proofreading is becoming a lost art it seems...

"Jones said he counted four legitimate downfield throws, although only one stands out -- an under-thrown pass from Marquez North that was one of only two incomplete passes by quarterback Justin Worley all day."

an under-thrown pass from Marquez North? FROM? Should that be "to"?

“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 years. 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.”

We can't get four years? years? yards most likely.

underthehill writes:

The passing game he is talking about is the passing game W Ky had against Ky..and I know Jones is gonna see this on the film..and do all he can to be ready..my big concern is..does UT have enough talent to win this game..we'll see....

pcshowtime writes:

Where are all the posters is this because of have to have a subscription? Can anyone recommend another site to post and as well as this one I miss all the old gang.

ThirdCreek writes:

in response to pcshowtime:

Where are all the posters is this because of have to have a subscription? Can anyone recommend another site to post and as well as this one I miss all the old gang.

I know the silence is too much! I miss the others too who usually had something witty and insightful to add. I signed up for the digital edition and I do think newspapers have a right to make money on what they create. Other than the Metro Pulse print newspapers are not given out for free.

BTW I had to pick up this new screen name and I used to go by the screen name of secondcreek. For some reason it would not allow me to associate my old screen name with my account.

At least the haters and baiters from FL and elsewhere will be gone.

GerryOP writes:

Sounds like that Jones-boy has some great teaching opportunities for practice this week. Hope that Worley and the receiving corp see this as a great learning opportunity. Now Jones has some specifics to work with.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

Pcsshowtime, I think the subscription has scared them off. This used to be subscription and we had tons of posters.

ewoodbery writes:

in response to volfreak#210492:

I think there are a couple of corrections that need to be made to this (must have been submitted in haste) - proofreading is becoming a lost art it seems...

"Jones said he counted four legitimate downfield throws, although only one stands out -- an under-thrown pass from Marquez North that was one of only two incomplete passes by quarterback Justin Worley all day."

an under-thrown pass from Marquez North? FROM? Should that be "to"?

“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 years. 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.”

We can't get four years? years? yards most likely.

Thanks. Got it fixed.

-- Evan

volfreak#210492 writes:

Any time Evan! Thanks for getting them fixed. Hopefully it was before the stories went to press for the paper. :)

Cheers...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volfreak#210492:

Any time Evan! Thanks for getting them fixed. Hopefully it was before the stories went to press for the paper. :)

Cheers...

I have come to the conclusion that WE are the main proofreaders these days! That is one advantage of posting articles on here before they are put in the paper. I know from much bitter experience that it is really hard to correct one's own writing. You know what you MEANT to write, and the mind has a tendency to see that instead of what you actually DID write. I also know that old-school editors who knew and saw EVERYTHING before it hit print just really aren't around these days. An unnecessarily expensive luxury in the world of computers and spell-check, don't you know.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ThirdCreek:

I know the silence is too much! I miss the others too who usually had something witty and insightful to add. I signed up for the digital edition and I do think newspapers have a right to make money on what they create. Other than the Metro Pulse print newspapers are not given out for free.

BTW I had to pick up this new screen name and I used to go by the screen name of secondcreek. For some reason it would not allow me to associate my old screen name with my account.

At least the haters and baiters from FL and elsewhere will be gone.

Hmm, that's odd. I kept my old screen name right through the transition. I don't recall being asked to change it or anything.

I'm with you in missing many of our old Vol buddies, though I surely don't miss the trolls. Maybe if the Vols continue to show progress, more people will join. I agree with you that the paper has a right to try to make money in the coming "post-paper" age, but they could have made it a little more attractive in ways I have already mentioned elsewhere.

johnlg00 writes:

On topic, I took much of Saturday's short passing game as one of the "bricks" CBJ is always talking about. If you get the opponent expecting that you are always looking short, the DBs might start jumping routes and become vulnerable to the old "hitch-and-go". In the absence of real proven "burners" at WR, or a real cannon-armed QB for that matter, that is probably the best way to get deep on a good secondary. It may also be a timing issue, as Worley's tendency to throw late and low showed against APSU. Even so, better late and LOW rather than late and HIGH. Make it so your receiver can catch the ball and not the defender.

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