Butch Jones remains optimistic after Florida loss
The Tennessee Volunteers (2-3) extended their annual losing streak to 10 games after a 10-9 loss to Florida. The Vols held the Gators scoreless for three quarters before allowing 10 unanswered points. But head coach Butch Jones remains optimistic of his program moving forward, noting the improvements necessary for Tennessee’s rebuilding process.
“Mission remains the same, we talk about being relentless, we are not going away,” Jones said during his weekly press conference. “It is just one game. In this conference and in college football, every game, every week is a new season in and of itself. We have to keep pressing along. For us, how do we respond, what is our leadership like.
“First time this team has really suffered some adversity and some noise and some clutter and how do we respond. I know our football team pretty well and I think they will respond ready to go, ready come meetings, focused in and ready to continue to learn.”
The Vols will host the Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Jones said his team will look to put the Florida loss in the rear view mirror and focus on the task at hand.
“All of our focus and energy is on Chattanooga,” Jones said. “That’s it. We have to be a better football team. We must get better this week and we must play winning football on Saturday. That’s our entire focus; it’s on Chattanooga, every play responsible for their own self-determination to improve their game, it’s every coach, it’s me, it’s everyone in our football organization, it’s Jimmy Stanton, it’s everybody.
“And I mean that. It’s everyone taking great responsibility for their own self-determination in everything that we do and that’s the case every week. That’s the way our program is now set up. “