In his first game-week presser as the Tennessee head coach, Derek Dooley really harped this morning on the Vols’ youth and inexperience by saying, “Probably the two biggest concerns for us right now are, ‘First time and first game.’”
“There’s going to be some rat-trapping going on. The only thing I don’t feel good about is what we’ll start fixing on Saturday…and that’s experience.”
“We have 18 freshman in the 2-deep. With that comes a lot of anxiety, a lot of pressure. We have to do a great job as coaches to manage the first timers.”
(on the defensive line) “I’m not a committee guy. Committees slow people down. We have a lot of committees here at UT.”
“Juwan (true freshman Right Tackle) could barely breath in the mock game because of anxiety. He’s going to be a really good player. I’m not going to be surprised if we go into a little rat-trapping. I’m trying to think in all my years of a true freshman that’s started at tackle. I’m sure there’s been some.”
“You can’t prepare yourself for the anxiety that hits yourself when you run out on the field. Out there, there are a lot of eyes on you.”
Tennessee hosts UT-Martin on Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.