Sept. 21, 2013
HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES(Opening statement)
"We played a good football team at home. First and foremost, you can't turn the football over. We had way too many turnovers. The first half, I thought they dominated the line of scrimmage with their defensive front. Our defense does a great job to get us the ball, and we turn the football over in that first possession, and you can't do that. Our goal is when we're on the road is it's all about creating your own momentum. Everything is about creating your own breaks. We create a great play, and then we turn it back over to them, and you can't do that. Second half, our defense was on the field a lot. But I will tell you this, and I've told you before: Losing is never accepted at Tennessee and never tolerated, but I'm proud of our football team. I thought they showed resiliency. They didn't quit. They gave us an opportunity to be in the game at the end of the game, and we just have to keep getting better, and it's a long football season. There is no panic. Where we sit, we're 2-2. There are a lot of football teams that would like to be 2-2 right now, and we have to keep things in perspective as we continue to build this football program and learn what it takes to play winning football."
(On if QB Nathan Petrerman was overwhelmed by surroundings)
"He had a great week of preparation. A lot of it, to the naked eye, everyone wants to point to the quarterback, but I didn't think we did a good job, particularly in the first half, really the first quarter, protecting the quarterback, and we were behind the sticks. And against Florida, if you get third-and-long, you're in trouble. We talked about that as one of the keys to the game was first and second downs and being able to generate first downs on first and second downs, and we had too many third-and-long situations, and those are situations offensively we can't be in."
(On the offense)
"In the first quarter or first half, we were never able to get in any type of rhythm offensively, and against a defense like that, you have to get into a rhythm. You have to generate first downs and keep moving the chains, and obviously we weren't able to do that."
(On what he told the team at halftime)
"That we probably played the worst half of football that we could possibly play offensively, and we talked about having each other's back and being a family and being a team and keep believing in each other and keep playing, and I thought our kids showed some resiliency. They showed a blue-collared football team and didn't quit."
Junior RB Marlin Lane
(On Nathan Peterman)
"This is his first game and a big road game. He kept a level head. He kept scrapping and kept trying. ... When things were going wrong he still had a level head".
(On playing against Florida's defense)
"They have a good defense, a good D-line. I feel like we can play with anybody. We've just got to keep fighting and play one play at a time. "
(On possible frustration with Tennessee offense)
"No there's no frustration. We're just trying to work every day, every week to get better and I see each week we're getting better playing for each other and that's all that our goal is to play for each other."
(On mistakes in the first half)
"We didn't pay too much attention to it because we plan on snapping clear, getting up, playing and keep going and that's what we'll try to do."
Senior RB Raijon Neal(On Nathan Peterman)
"Nate is a pretty confident guy. When he did make his mistakes, we said, `Don't worry about it. Throw it away," and you know, move on to the next one. ... We've got to go back and watch the film and evaluate and see how much we really helped him, but you know at the end of the day you just have to pick your teammates up."
(On team growing in strides)
"We see them on defense. We see them on the offense. The guys continue to talk to each other keeping everybody's heads up, but we're making strides and growing."
(On Justin Worley)
"You know he was just a little more poised. You know he's been there. ... He just happened to get thrown into an SEC rivalry. So you know, you can't really blame him [Peterman], but Worley came in and did what he needed to do."
Sophomore WR Pig Howard(On the loss)
"You've got to keep believing. You've got to keep fighting. You've just got to leave it here."
(On possible frustration)
"Little bit, but there's still time to change it and go back to the drawing board."
(On getting hit on the fumble play)
"It was just a miscommunication. I was running a different play and the O-line was running another, so that just pretty much falls back on us and our communication."