Vols offense moving forward

The InsideTennessee.com staff was at Haslam Field yet again to get the latest on Volunteer football. Sign in or subscribe now to read this story and view the video footage of Tennessee's offensive coordinator.

Coordinator Jim Chaney and the Tennessee offense are going to have to learn to function without one of their biggest threats — Justin Hunter.

Obviously there isn't one player that can step into the extremely large shoes of the 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver, but maybe the Vols can make up for his production with several players.

"The two tight ends, the running backs, you have to get more production out of them," Chaney said on Wednesday at Haslam Field. "The young wide receivers, we have to have more production — this injury thing happens every year everywhere in football. We are an offense, not just one individual."

One player that stepped up, true freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett, who reeled in eight catches for 59 yards in his first action in the Orange and White.

Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett (13) catches a pass in Gainesville.
(Danny Parker/InsideTennessee.com)

"I think he went out and made the catches he needed to make," Chaney said. "He played pretty solid ball for a freshman in The Swamp."

Sophomore James Stone, on the other hand, struggled with his duties at center, in particular with getting the snap back to quarterback Tyler Bray, but Chaney said Stone was the first to take responsibility.

"James is the most accountable young man you will find and it bothered him greatly what happened," Chaney said. "Hopefully we will minimize that and move on."

Chaney will use the bye week to evaluate all of his personnel, but that isn't any different from your average week.

"I think it is always open," said Chaney, when he addressed the competition for playing time. "We are all in a performance-based business, you and I. If we are not getting it done someone wants our job.

"It doesn't change just because you are a college football player. If their production is down and we feel like there is someone behind them that can compete and beat them out we are for sure going to do that. All 11 spots are open any given week."

Watch the rest of Chaney's comments in this video interview following Wednesday's practice.

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