KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The University of Tennessee is gearing up to take on the University of South Carolina this weekend.
Head football coach Butch Jones held a press conference Wednesday afternoon ahead of the game. Jones is 2-0 against South Carolina, and both games were impressive wins. Michael Palardy kicked a game winning field goal in 2013 to give the Vols a win over South Carolina, which was ranked 11th in the country at the time.
“They’ve been great building blocks. Our players have learned a lot through those. They’ve meant a lot to us in terms of resiliency, resolve and finding a way to win games. Each year is different, but you continue to build off those experiences,” said Jones.
Last year’s game was really the coming out party for Joshua Dobbs. Vols fans knew Dobbs was special heading into the game, but he really cemented his role as a leader. The Vols scored 17 unanswered points, winning in overtime. Dobbs finished with 166 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. He also threw for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns.
It was in that game were Dobbs made a name for himself, not just with Tennessee fans, but with football fans across the country.
“They always say the mark of a great quarterback is the ability to lead his team from behind in a one minute drill on the road. We had some players step up around him too. That was a great maturation game for him, so to speak, and he’s continued to build off that,” said Jones.
The Vols will play the Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on SEC Network if you can’t make it in person.