Tyson Helton's sideline move helps UT offense

Tyson Helton's sideline move helps UT offense

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Tyson Helton's sideline move helps UT offense

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AUBURN — Tennessee defeated No. 21 Auburn, 30-24 in Week 7.

The most notable change for the Vols in the victory over Auburn was offensive coordinator Tyson Helton.

Helton has coached from the press box during the first five games of the season, but coached from the sideline at Auburn.

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After the game, Jeremy Pruitt said interaction between Helton and the players was a reason why the move took place.

“I think it’s easier to call the game from the press box,” Pruitt said. “My whole life, I did, in the press box calling the defense; but there comes a point in time that you need to be able to look the people on the sideline in the eyes. You get a lot better feel. Sometimes you can look at somebody, and they don’t have to say nothing. You know the look.”

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The move helped quarterback Jarrett Guarantano with a performance of completing 21-of-32 attempts, for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

“I thought it was important to put him (Helton) on the field, to get him closer to Jarrett (Guarantano). The quarterback position, the ball goes through his hands on every snap. It’s important that he makes really good decisions, that he’s in control, that he understands, and I think it’s something that helped us today. I think it helped us today in just sideline organization. I think it was a good move for our staff.”

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