On Saturday night his Tigers left Neyland Stadium with a passing mark and one of the reasons that happened was the play of junior middle linebacker Josh Bynes.
Bynes finished the night with nine tackles, second on the team behind fellow linebacker Craig Stevens, who was in on 11 stops. He got a bear hug on the field after the victory from Ted Roof, his defensive coordinator and linebacker coach.
Commenting on his team's first road victory, Bynes said, "It means a lot. A lot of players on our team have never been on the road, especially in this environment.
"We are not going to see a lot of things like this later down the road," Bynes added. "To go against an offense we are rarely going to see throughout the rest of the year, it is very motivating to this team.
"We are going to keep on working on pushing because round six is next week. We are going to look at our mistakes tomorrow and get prepared for the next one."
Bynes noted that he is trying to be a good leader on the field like when he battled for a loose football and came away with the ball at the bottom of the pile.
"I have to be a leader out there and be confident in my calls," he said. "I have to know when to run things, when to call things out and when to tell the line to go here or there.
"I try to make sure I stay positive and up so everybody else will be positive and up," he added.