Neyland Stadium is always going to be one of the best places in the country to watch a college football game. It’s the biggest football stadium in the SEC, and fans do a great job of filling the place up year after year.
Knoxville, Tennessee (PRWEB) June 29, 2013
With the spring semester in the books and new freshmen arriving for summer school, football season is rapidly approaching, and the new-look Tennessee Volunteers are ready to get back out onto the field.
Coming off a disappointing 5-7 record a year ago, Vols fans are hungry to see their team return to their winning ways, as the team hopes to return to the postseason for the first time since the 2010 season.
Despite the lack of success in recent seasons, Vols tickets remain the hottest ticket in the state during the fall.
"Neyland Stadium is always going to be one of the best places in the country to watch a college football game," said i-Deal Tickets marketing manager Brent Larsen. "It’s the biggest football stadium in the SEC, and fans do a great job of filling the place up year after year."
After three largely unsuccessful seasons with Derek Dooley at the helm, the Volunteers chose former Cincinnati Bearcats coach Butch Jones to lead them back to glory this past off-season.
"It wasn’t that long ago that Tennessee was considered one of the top programs in the country," Larsen said. "The potential is definitely there for Jones to be able to turn this team around."
Jones is one of the hottest names in the coaching world, and Tennessee was lucky to grab him before Colorado could this past December. Jones has compiled a 50-27 record as a head coach at Central Michigan and Cincinnati over the last six seasons, and shared or won outright four conference titles in that span. He’s done a great job developing quarterbacks as well, and some of his former signal callers include Dan LeFevour and Zach Collaros.
Jones’ success with quarterbacks certainly bodes well for Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman, who are competing for the starting QB spot this fall. Both Worley and Peterman came to UT with impressive credentials, and Worley was named the 2010 Gatorade National Player of the Year as the nation’s top prep football player. While the competition will continue into fall camp, Worley has the edge in experience and should be considered the frontrunner for the position.
Whoever wins the starting QB job should have a lot of help from the running game, as both Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane return at running back for the Volunteers. The duo combined for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns a season ago, and each averaged at least 4.5 yards per carry. It also helps to have four starting offensive lineman returning in 2013, including potential first-round pick Antonio "Tiny" Richardson at the all-important left tackle spot.
The Vols defense has a lot of work to do, but fortunately it features potential standouts at all three levels. Few defensive tackles can match the sheer size of Daniel McCullers, who checks in at an enormous 6-foot-8 and 370 pounds. McCullers should be able to occupy multiple blockers, allowing All-SEC LB A.J. Johnson to continue making plays. Johnson, who also starred on the offensive side of the ball, piled up a whopping 138 tackles a season ago. Finally, safety Byron Moore leads the secondary after snagging five interceptions a season ago, along with 86 tackles.
UT has a lot of work to do as it hopes to climb back up the conference standings, but Jones appears to be a great fit for the job, and he has the talent to quickly lead the Vols back to prominence.
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