“Mono e mono. Beat your man.”
Jeff Badet shared exactly what the Kentucky Wildcat receivers will have to do this weekend at Neyland Stadium. The Vols play tight, press coverage on wide receivers, sometimes with only one safety playing deep. The Kentucky receivers and their quarterback invite the opportunity.
“We should have the mentality to go out and say it’s disrespectful to go up against us in man-to-man press coverage,” Stephen Johnson said. “We take it as a challenge and enjoy that matchup.”
Badet shared a similar sentiment. “I love when teams go man because I kind of find that disrespectful. I like it.”
Badet will have to earn some respect after Saturday’s snafu against Georgia. A deep post route against man-to-man coverage bounced out of his hands, right into the breadbasket of the Georgia defender.
Badet’s always had a “next play” mentality. He started by responding during today’s practice. They ran the same post route four times. He caught all four passes. Even though it was a tough turn of events against Georgia, Badet remains confident moving forward.
“It’s something that’s in my head but I can’t really dwell on it,” Badet said. “I just know if I get that opportunity again I’ll make that play because I’ve made it a hundred times.”