Protecting the ball was key area for Neyland Jr. vs. Florida

Protecting the ball was key area for Neyland Jr. vs. Florida

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Protecting the ball was key area for Neyland Jr. vs. Florida

KNOXVILLE – Going into the Florida game, Robert Neyland Jr. said if the Vols could protect the ball then UT would have a chance in defeating the Gators.

Six Tennessee turnovers resulting in 24 points for Florida and a safety given to the Gators, Neyland Jr. was right in the outcome of the 47-21 defeat.

Jeremy Pruitt discussed the turnovers against Florida to kickoff Georgia week.

“Going back and reviewing the game, it’s a lot of what I thought,” Pruitt said. “It’s hard to have a lot of success when you have six turnovers. We gave the guys a short field three different times, and obviously, we turned it over on the one-yard line and on the 20 another time. Then we started the second half with a fumble on the opening kickoff.

“Ball security is something that we work on every single day on both sides of the ball. It has been an emphasis for us. We’ve got to improve on it. We did a pretty good job on it the first two games, but we have not the last two games. We’ve got to continue to focus on it. We’ve got to continue to get more turnovers on defense, and we’ve got to take care of the ball, offensively.”

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