Apr 12, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones signs autographs for fans before the orange and white spring game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Mailbag Friday: Vols Edition


It’s been a long, long time since we’ve have a “Mailbag Friday” or any type of mailbag for that matter.

But we’ve decided to bring it back this week and it’s better than ever — at least we hope!

As always, anything goes! Questions about life, Vols, non-Vols, whatever is on your mind! Our editor (@ZachAFT) has you covered!

If you have a question/comment/general statement about life that you want to contribute to the mailbag, just hit us up on Twitter (@AllforTennessee) or send us an email to [email protected]

Alright let’s get to business!

Zach: Interesting umm background picture. Anyway, I think the Vols have four games on their schedule that they’ll absolutely win (Arkansas State, Chattanooga, Kentucky and Vanderbilt), one game they should win but it’s not a given (Utah State) and two games they absolutely won’t win (Oklahoma and Alabama). That leaves five “toss-up” games (Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Missouri). If they win the games they’re suppose to win, then they’ll need to win at least one of those “toss-up” games to get to a bowl game. The Vols will probably be underdogs in all of those games. I think their best bet at an upset will be at home against Florida. I definitely think the Vols are capable of winning that game. Had Tennessee played Florida later in the year last year then they most likely would’ve beat the Gators. Tennessee will probably win one of those “toss-up” games, but I wouldn’t expect them to win anymore than that due to their extreme youth. The Vols will finish with a 6-6 record in 2014.

Zach: I admit, it’s odd for someone born and raised in the south to end up as a Mets fan. But I do have a good reason. Both my Dad and my older cousin are Mets fans and that’s what I grew up around. Of course back in the 80’s, when I was just a little thing and very impressionable, the Mets were actually good. Since then it’s been a life full of heartache, but I’ve remained loyal through it all and I’m confident that one day it will finally pay off. Right Cub fans?

Who should the Vols hire as their basketball coach? — Joel M.

I would’ve loved to have seen Tim Miles end up at in Knoxville, but that was far fetched and shut down pretty early. I think Donnie Tyndall makes the most sense for Tennessee. He turned Morehead State around and he’s had continued success at Southern Mississippi. Plus he’s from Michigan, like Butch Jones, so that has to count for something!

Who wins the Vols QB battle? — Justin S.

I’m pretty confident that not even Butch Jones knows at this point. My gut says that Justin Worley is the starter coming out of camp, but I think he’ll be on a short leash. The Vols are still in a place where they need a quarterback that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes and that’s Worley. Ferguson is the most physically gifted of the quarterbacks, but there’s no way you can put him under center, with no experience, behind a brand new offensive line. That’s just asking for trouble. Jones would be wise, however, to get Ferguson some reps at the end of games like he did with Peterman last season.

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