Returning the Tennessee Vols to prominence

KNOXVILLE, TN - APRIL 22, 2017 - quarterback Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers and quarterback Quinten Dormady #12 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the Spring Game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Athletics

It hasn’t been the year Tennessee football was hoping for. Fans are frustrated with the coaching, quarterback play hasn’t been the best and the injury bug has bitten some of the best players on both sides of the ball.

If the Vols want to have the success they anticipated on having over the last three years, there are a few things that need to be taken care of.

Move on from Butch

Nobody wants to keep beating this dead horse, but it has to be the first thing Tennessee athletics needs to do in order to have success in the future.

Jones has not proven to be the coach everybody thought he would be. It’s time to move forward with a guy that has had success in big programs and could take this team to new levels.

Start Jarrett Guarantano

Another person that hasn’t proven to be as successful as people would have hoped it quarterback Quinten Dormady.

In order to have a successful future, it’s time to hand the reigns over to the redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano.

Guarantano is a very athletic quarterback with the potential to be the next Josh Dobbs, or maybe even better depending on who he has to work with as a head coach.

Tennessee is not going to make it to Atlanta. That ship sailed after the Florida loss. It’s time to let the freshman take over and get real SEC experience. Will he help the Vols win out and take them to a big bowl game? Probably not. But if the Vols can get him experience early and develop him into the leader the team needs him to be by his junior year, he could really be successful as the face of the program.

Get healthy

One thing that really hurt Tennessee’s chances of making it to Atlanta last year was the overwhelming number of injuries to key players.

That same thing has played a part in the current downfall of this season.

The linebacker corps was diminished before the season even started, a major offensive lineman got hurt at the very beginning of the year, the top receiver went out with a season-ending injury in the first game and the best safety on the team just had season-ending surgery. There have been a lot of problems this season, and injuries are definitely one of them.

One of the top priorities during the upcoming offseason needs to be the health of these key players. Tennessee can’t be successful if the veteran leaders can’t play because they are hurt. It just isn’t possible.

Rebuild the recruiting class

Something that has happened recently to the program is big-recruits dropping their commitment to Tennessee and re-opening their top college choices.

The Vols are currently sixth in the nation in terms of the 2018 recruiting class, according to 247sports.com. But with a four-star safety decommiting today, and others keeping their options open, that could change very soon.

The program needs to find a way to mend this problem fast if it wants to find a way to be successful in the future.

Tennessee fans take their football team very seriously. It’s hard not to with the history and tradition of this great program. Things need to change if they want to get back to their winning ways.

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About Taylor Hodges 14 Articles
My name is Taylor Hodges, and I live in Montgomery, Alabama, where I am the assistant sports information director at Faulkner University. I am a lifelong Tennessee Vols and Indianapolis Colts fan, and I am a lover of all things sports. I love writing about sports, and I hope to continue to do so as a career for as long as possible.