The Vols gave the ball away six times in last Saturday's 34-14 loss to Alabama -- three times on fumbles and three times on interceptions.
Ofenheusle's Notre Dame comment came when he was asked to compare Tennessee's 4-3 start this year to the Vols' 2-3 start in 2000. That 2000 team bounced back to win seven games in a row.
''In 2000 we started 2-3, and we really weren't very good then, but we went out and played hard,'' he recalled. ''We have a lot more talent this year, and that's frustrating ... to know you have the talent. We have more talent than a lot of teams in the country.''
Notre Dame included, the way he sees it.