Tyson Helton: 'We feel pretty good about where we are going'

Tyson Helton: 'We feel pretty good about where we are going'

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Tyson Helton: 'We feel pretty good about where we are going'

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee offensive coordinator Tyson Helton met with the media for the first time as fall training camp kicks off August 3.

Helton says that the team and offense’s main goal is to win every game and will be prepared for different ways in competing during games.

“Our main goal going into every game is to win the game,” Helton said. “That’s your mindset and that’s what it has to be. Every game is different and every game takes on its own environment, so we want to win every game. Now is that scoring a bunch of points or is that managing the clock and making sure we do whatever it takes to go win, then it’s that.”

No matter the approach within a game, protecting the football is being stressed. Individual players and offenses may have good performances stats-wise, but if you do not protect the football then that will put the team in danger of defeat.

“Turnovers can lose a game in a heartbeat,” he said. “There are a lot of great offensive performances and they turn the ball over and put themselves in bad situations, so we have to take care of the football.”

Being multiple and having the ability to be effective in the run game along with stretching the field and being productive in the passing game will be key for Tennessee’s success this season.

“The next thing, obviously, is field position,” Helton said. “When you’re able to put yourself in good field position and to make explosive plays at some point in time, you’re going to have to throw the football down there and you’re going to have to come down with it. You’re going to have to hand it to a running back and go take it to the house. So those things stick out to me the most.”

Helton has worked with UT’s player personnel throughout 15 spring practices and now with new additions coming in during fall training camp, it is important to plug in the best 11 players and then have an understanding of the next 11 on the depth chart.

“We have a better feel of the guys and where they fit,” he said. “We have guys that we think are our play-makers, but we need to find out who are the guys that we run out on the field that are going to be the 11 guys to start it off and then who are the guys that are going to be the next ones up when we are rolling players in.

“We have had several players come in after spring and we have to be able to plug those guys in and see what they can do, so we are still working that out, but we feel pretty good about where we are going with it.”

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