If the Volunteers are going to listen to anybody, it’s going to be the coach that last took them to a National Championship. On Wednesday, former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer told SEC Country that Tennessee needs to improve up front.
Fulmer was recently named as a special adviser at the University of Tennessee.
“In this league you still have to run the football and make short yardage and make goal-line plays,” Fulmer said. “You look at last year, and a couple of those plays and maybe there’s another win or two.”
He likes the prospect of that happening this year under new offensive coordinator Larry Scott. Like Fulmer, Scott was an offensive line coach before being hired as offensive coordinator at Tennessee.
“I like Larry, and I’ve liked watching him in practices, the mindset he has is toughness,” Fulmer said. “There’s something about an O-Line coach, and I’m biased because we did this, but there’s an attitude that we’re not going to be denied.
“You do a goal-line drill, you go with 11 guys and we’re going to put 13 on defense, and so there’s two of them we’re not going block and you have to beat those guys or make them miss or get over the top.”
Scott played football for the University of South Florida Bulls, before returning to coach there in 2006. He served several roles during his tenure with the Bulls before moving on to coach at the University of Miami, serving as Tight Ends coach. After head coach Al Golden was fired, Scott served as head coach in an interim capacity.
Last season was a wild ride for a Tennessee program that finished the year 9-4 and winner of the Music City Bowl. Early in the season, they rallied back for wins when it appeared they were destined to lose. But consecutive losses to Texas A&M, Alabama, and South Carolina derailed their season.
Larry Scott will be looking to get more consistency from his offense this year. It appears he has Phillip Fulmer’s support.
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