Butch Jones has no chill. Tennessee’s intense front man stirred things up from the start during the Vols’ session this afternoon, jabbing back at Steve Spurrier’s comments from this morning that Tennessee and Arkansas were doing “backflips and cartwheels” after their 7-6 seasons.
“Now, I want to make one thing clear,” Jones said. “Contrary to reports, there were no back flips, and there were no somersaults.”
I know because he’s Tennessee’s head coach, I’m supposed to hate him, but I can’t help but like Butch. He’s intense to the point you wonder if he’s going to break the glass podium with his hands or completely Hulk out on a reporter if they ask a dumb question. There’s not enough of that in the world these days.
Anyhow, here’s a quick rundown of the Vols’ session…
Was the “Game of Jones” Nike promo a bad omen?
Tennessee made a splash when they switched from adidas to Nike a few weeks back, promoting the change with a slick “Game of Thrones” parody picture featuring Butch Jones on an Iron Throne of Nike cleats. Us GOT fans geeked out over it, but as Jones pointed out, it may be a bad omen.
“I was just told today that every guy that sat on the throne, good things didn’t happen to him. I don’t know if that was a good choice or not,” Jones said.
Hopefully the Cats can pull off a Red Wedding of their own on October 31.
Space Dobbs is awesome, stop trying to deny it
Junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs drew the largest crowd of any player today at Media Days, and for very good reason. In addition to being the Vols’ starting QB, “Space Dobbs” is an aerospace engineering major at Tennessee, and spent his summer interning at Pratt & Whitney, an aerospace manufacturer. Dobbs said his interest in aerospace engineering started when he was in 7th grade when his mother took him to a Tuskegee Airmen camp in Atlanta. From there, the seed was planted and during his internship this summer, he worked on F-135 engine for the F-35 futuristic fighter planes currently in production.
“They’re the futuristic planes that you see that can hover,” Dobbs said. When asked if he was allowed to fly it, he gave this great nerd laugh and said no, but that the engineers let him run the engine. “I don’t know if I can say that, but I ran the engine. It did not malfunction.”
As a total nerd myself, it was kind of awesome to hear an elite SEC quarterback geek out over something so nerdy. Dobbs lit UK up in Tennessee’s 50-16 win last season, passing for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns, but I can’t hate on the kid. I mean, when someone asked him to explain thermodynamics to us laymen and laywomen, he made this face:
You do you, Dobbs. Just don’t do it too much against the Cats on Halloween.