Tennessee assistant explains why he's not worried about issues with deep passing game
After Tennesse’s loss to Pitt Saturday, 41-34, one thing that became apparent to everyone watching that game is that the Vols are struggling to get the ball downfield.
One person that doesn’t seem to be worried about this is WR coach Kodi Burns. Burns said on Tuesday that the Vols are young offensively, and he expects things to improve in that regard as the season goes on:
WR coach Kodi Burns on incomplete deep passes:
"We're young in the offense (QB and WR). … We're going to get those (deep) balls. … There's no blame on anybody."
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) September 14, 2021
Even before Tennessee starting quarterback Joe Milton was injured during the game, the Vols were struggling to get the ball downfield. Milton only had 5o yards passing.
It became even more apparent when his backup, Hendon Hooker, entered the game. Hooker did throw for 193 yards and 2 touchdowns. However, his interception at the end of the game ended the Vols’ comeback attempt.
And it looks like Hooker may be starting for now because of Milton’s injury.
Vols head coach Josh Heupel says as of Monday, he has no idea about the health of his quarterback, but whoever ends up starting for Tennessee moving forward, is going to have to step up in the passing game if the Vols want to have a chance in their remaining games.