Josh Heupel met with media following the Vols’ ugly, embarrassing loss to Florida Saturday night.

Tennessee was all out of sorts against the Gators. Pre-snap penalties, woeful tackling and some coaching head-scratchers combined to produce by far the worst game of the Josh Heupel era. And that’s following a pretty bad performance against Austin Peay, too.

The Vols are learning quickly that life without Darnell Wright, Jalin Hyatt and especially Hendon Hooker is not always peaches and sunshine.

Heupel met with media following the Vols’ ugly 29-16 loss. He started by explaining the absence of Doneiko Slaughter while also explaining some roster movements along the offensive line.

He also mentioned that while Tennessee players need to be put in better positions, they have to go execute better as well.

Tennessee suffered from numerous pre-snap penalties Saturday night too, especially from center Ollie Lane who was playing in place of Cooper Mays, who was made unavailable just before the game.

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