HOOVER, Ala. – Gridiron Now’s Frank Frangie and Jimmy Hyams previewed the 2017 Tennessee Volunteers at SEC Media Days on Monday.
Hyams called the Vols’ 2016 season a disappointment after going 9-4 and failing to win the division.
“The goal for Tennessee is to win the East Division and then you take care of the tough part of it,” Hyams said. “You beat Florida, you beat Georgia. You’re on your way and then you stub your toe against South Carolina and Vanderbilt. And then rather than say, ‘That was our goal, we didn’t meet it.’ It was, ‘Hey, we’re champions of life’ and ‘We never said that was our goal.’
“So it was disappointing to see Tennessee beat the two teams you’re supposed to beat (to win the SEC East) in the East, then stumble down the stretch.”
Going into the 2017 season, Hyams said quarterback Josh Dobbs, running back Alvin Kamara, wide receiver Josh Malone and defensive end Derek Barnett will be difficult to replace, but that a division title is still attainable.
Hyams also predicts who will start at quarterback between Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano, which could go a long way in determining the outcome of Tennessee’s season.
Hyams also thinks Vols coach Butch Jones, who enters his fifth season at the school, needs to win a certain amount of games to keep his job.
Watch the full video of the Tennessee season preview above.
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