5. Moving to a pro-style offense
This was a big schematic change dating back to the spring. But with the entire roster in tact now, the transition is going to be much bigger. Tennessee football is returning to the days of when it was a traditional power.
The five-year spread under Butch Jones only worked with Joshua Dobbs running the show. Now, though, with a bunch of pure pocket-passing quarterbacks in the offense, the Vols almost have to transition to a pro-style.
The combination of Jeremy Pruitt’s working with multiple coordinators while at the Alabama Crimson Tide and Tyson Helton’s matchup based systems after coming from the Jeff Brohm/Bobby Petrino mold brings a bunch of interesting changes to the offense. Obviously, an emphasis on the drop-back passer is one.
Another is a transition to a power running game. The Vols will want to have a power back be the feature back, and depending on the personnel, they may use an all-purpose back to get big plays. They probably hope Madre London and Ty Chandler can be that combination.
A focus on multiple physical tight ends who can line up in the fullback spot is also a big deal. And finally, while Jones based his receiver play on tempo and a deep rotation, as we said, Helton will be all about getting the match-ups.
Whether or not Tennessee football has the ability to handle all of this remains a huge questions. However, the Vols are clearly going to give a ton of reps to everybody this preseason to see who can run it best. So pay attention to all of that.