Tennessee’s most beloved team is back on the “Rocky” Top of their game. Here, fan Bradley Thomas Giordano offers insight on why he believes the team is on the rise.
Q: How do you think the coming year’s schedule will affect the team positively?
Bradley Thomas Giordano: While the overall schedule is still extremely difficult, the Vols will hopefully benefit by not having to play a top tier non-conference opponent on the road. Instead, Oklahoma will have to visit Neyland Stadium which should be packed with a rejuvenated fan base. If the Vols can get an early win, they may gain some confidence and momentum for the always tough conference schedule.
Q: Does the team have any players who have shown promise in leadership roles?
Bradley Thomas Giordano: Quarterback Joshua Dobbs emerged late last year as a talented signal caller. Assuming he continues to develop, the Vols should have leadership and talent at the most critical position.
Q: In addition to the quarterback, where are other areas of strength for this Vols team?
Bradley Thomas Giordano: The current class of wide receivers is deep and with a wide range of skill sets. Alton “Pig” Howard and Von Pearson represent speed options, while Marquez North, Jason Croom, and Josh Malone provide size and physicality. Additionally, the Vols’ roster boasts two talented running backs in Jason Hurd and Alvin Kamara.
Q: What are your thoughts on Butch Jones as he enters his third year with the Vols?
Bradley Thomas Giordano: Jones is an experienced coach and has done an incredible job recruiting by any standard. The next challenge will be for him to translate his success on the recruiting trail to success on the field. That effort will be supported by a Vol fan base that has fully embraced Coach Jones. Vol fans should turn out in numbers to support the team this fall giving the Vols a valuable home field advantage, and it should not come as a surprise if the Vols record several more victories this coming season.