Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich impressed by "unbelievable" Tennessee team.

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich. Photo via The Oregonian.

Here's a word you wouldn't expect to be used to describe Tennessee over the past few years from some outside the Vols' program in a positive way: "Unbelievable."

The person who described Tennessee as being "unbelievable?" First-year Oregon head football coach Mark Helfrich, whose team will be playing the Vols at home this Saturday. Helfrich spoke highly of the Vols' offense.

"“They have a great skillset right now - big guys, fast guys - so it’s an unbelievable challenge,’’ Helfrich said. “When you look at their special teams units, it’s where that (speed and athleticism) jumps out the most as being different from the first two opponents we’ve seen.’’

Helfrich was impressed by Tennessee's defense as well.

“When I was watching the film, I thought it was screwed up. I thought I hit the rewind one too many times or something,’’ Helfrich said. “But wow! I don’t know if that’s a record. There was one of them that was kind of a lucky-drop thing, but all the rest of them they either forced or were earned. We preach ball security and hammer home great decision making by our quarterbacks, and it’s going to be tested this week.’’  

It's clear that Helfrich is not taking the Vols, who notoriously underperformed under former HC Derek Dooley, for granted. The Vols are 2-0 under new HC Butch Jones, and Saturday should provide an interesting match-up between two schools.

(via The Oregonian)

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