The Tennessee Vols quarterback admits after the loss to Georgia that it won’t be that surprising | Tech US News


There has been a lot of talk this week about the atmosphere the Tennessee Vols will face at Sanford Stadium against the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.

Several former Vols — including former UT quarterbacks Erik Ainge and Josh Dobbs — spoke this week about Sanford Stadium not being an intimidating atmosphere.

These guys have more experience playing in Sanford Stadium than I do, so I trust their opinions.

But what happened in the past didn’t matter in Athens on Saturday.

Georgia fans were loud. Really loud.

And it affected Tennessee and their offense.

The Vols had numerous false start penalties, forcing Tennessee to play behind the chains more often.

After the game, Vols receiver Jalin Hyatt admitted that crowd noise played a big factor in Tennessee’s struggles.

“The crowd noise was effective,” Hyatt said. “There were a few moments where we couldn’t hear the snap, the call from Hook (QB Hendon Hooker). Just give credit to their fans. They messed up what we were doing offensively today. That would probably be the biggest thing that got us today.”

Any SEC stadium that seats 90,000 to 100,000 can get loud during big games. That’s why winning on the road in the SEC isn’t easy.

Tennessee will learn from this loss and be better for it. And the good news for them is that this season they won’t face another environment as wild as the one they saw in Athens on Saturday.

Featured image via Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel/USA TODAY NETWORK


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