Coach Butch Jones addresses 2016 team, sexual assault at SEC Media Days

Butch Jones speaks at SEC Media Days.

HOOVER, Ala. (WATE) – University of Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones and several key football players took the spotlight Tuesday at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama.

Jones began his portion by speaking about his respect for the late Pat Summitt and announcing new staff titles. Larry Scott will now serve as special teams coordinator, Robert Gillespie as assistant head coach for offense and Tommy Thigpen as run game defensive coach.

Jones spoke about the upcoming season for star quarterback Joshua Dobbs saying having him lead the offense is “very comforting as a head coach.” The Vols only have 11 seniors this year, but Jones says it’s the most experienced team he’s had since he’s been in Knoxville.

The Vols record has improved by two wins each season since Jones’ first year on Rocky Top, and some think UT could continue that trend and win 11 games this season. While the Vols might be the talk of the town, senior linebacker Jalen Reeves Maybin is not focused on the preseason buzz.

“We really haven’t won anything yet. We haven’t went to the SEC Championship, we haven’t played in the playoffs. So, we haven’t won anything yet. We don’t focus on preseason accolades,” he said.

Jones also spoke briefly about the sexual assault lawsuit, saying they don’t look at it as something that has been settled and more than 70 speakers have been brought in to talk to the players.

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