Offensive staff goes on record

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The Tennessee offense looked poised to take over the football game Saturday night with the Florida Gators before an intentional grounding penalty staled a potential scoring drive that would have put the Vols up 14 points late in the third quarter.

Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney soon thereafter almost completely abandoned the run and the Vols gained just 53 yards of offense the rest of the football game.

"I feel like we are trying to do things more physical up front," Chaney said Wednesday. "I think if anything when I look back on the ball game I think I abandoned the run game too quickly as we got into the third and the fourth (quarter). If you had to say anything about the run game I think it would be more in my hands than anything our kids did."

Watch as Chaney addressed the media Wednesday following Tennessee's practice at Haslam Field in preparation for visiting Akron:

The Tennessee wide receivers made some big plays during the Vols showdown with the Florida Gators and also drew a lot of pass interference calls and holding penalties on the Gators defensive backs moving the chains on multiple occasions.

"We did a great job," wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw said. "I was so proud of them. They worked their tails off, we got pass interference penalties, they were holding us a lot of in the game, we were getting off jam, we were getting open and on fourth down we were making plays."

Cordarrelle Patterson finished the contest with eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown while Justin Hunter racked up five catches for 76 yards. Watch as Hinshaw addressed the media Wednesday afternoon:

Tennessee tight ends coach Charlie Coiner has been coaching one of the thinnest position groups in the land this fall, but he can finally add another weapon to his arsenal in Brendan Downs, who is recovering from a dislocated patella.

"We had him ready to go Saturday night, but we just didn't run into a situation where we needed him," Coiner said. "He is a tough kid. He moves around, he is doing everything that we ask him to and he is just trying to get back in the flow."

Downs, a Bristol, Tenn., native, finished his freshman campaign with three catches for 34 yards. Watch as Coiner addressed the media Wednesday following practice:

Watch as Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham addressed the media following Wednesday's practice:

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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