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02.02.2020 02:46
isons rise has been rapid, but wants him to embrace the physical and mental challenges of Test rugby, starting with Saturdays ta Antworten

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee believes it has plenty of incentive for the rest of the season even though a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game has slipped from its grasp.The 24th-ranked Volunteers were picked before the season to capture their first SEC Eastern Division title since 2007, but their hopes of making it to Atlanta vanished Saturday when Florida beat LSU 16-10 with a last-second goal-line stand. That victory allowed the 13th-ranked Gators to clinch the East and earn a spot in the Dec. 8 SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama.The Vols (8-3, 4-3 SEC) say they still have more at stake than mere state bragging rights Saturday when they visit Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5) in their regular-season finale.This football team has a lot to play for -- a lot, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.That includes the chase for a 10-win season, a goal that multiple players mentioned Saturday after the Vols 63-37 victory over Missouri. Tennessee hasnt earned double-digit wins in a season since the 2007 team finished 10-4.Tennessee also still has at least a possibility of making its first Sugar Bowl appearance since beating Virginia 23-22 on Jan. 1, 1991.A Sugar Bowl bid goes to the highest-ranked SEC team in the final College Football Playoff rankings that isnt in the playoff. SEC teams in last weeks CFP rankings included No. 1 Alabama, No. 15 Auburn, No. 16 LSU, No. 19 Tennessee, No. 23 Florida and No. 25 Texas A&M.Tennessee has the most favorable remaining schedule of all those teams.LSU probably will fall behind Tennessee this week after its loss to Florida. Auburn is a 17 +-point underdog Saturday at Alabama. Florida must visit Florida State this week before facing Alabama in the SEC championship game. Texas A&M is a 5 +-point underdog Thursday at LSU.Were playing for a good bowl game right now and a 10-win season, offensive tackle Brett Kendrick said after the Missouri game. So, theres still a lot left out there for us.Jones said hes convinced his players will remain motivated the rest of the way because he liked how they performed in the second half of the Missouri game. Jones assumed most players knew they were knocked out of the SEC East race by then, even though the staff hadnt informed them of the Florida-LSU result.I knew on the sideline that when they stopped showing the score up there (ono the scoreboard), something had gone wrong, Kendrick said. Were not going to hang our heads about it.Jones emphasized Monday that I want to make it clear that winning a championship is our No. 1 goal in our program year in and year out, but later in his press conference he referred to championships that didnt necessarily involve the division title.First he mentioned that the Vols still could win a bowl championship this season. Later he praised his seniors by saying that theyve won the biggest championship -- and thats the championship of life.Jones noted the way Tennessee has withstood adversity all season. Injuries have forced Tennessee to use seven different starting combinations on the offensive line and nine different combinations in the starting secondary this season. The Vols lost their leading rusher nine games into the season when Jalen Hurd left the team . Linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Quarte Sapp and defensive tackles Shy Tuttle and Kahlil McKenzie suffered season-ending injuries.The injuries have extended to the coach himself. Jones told the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday afternoon that I blew out my knee before a Nov. 12 victory over Kentucky , though the injury hasnt necessitated that he wear a brace or crutches.I have never been through a season like this in 30-plus years of coaching in terms of the adversities, the injuries, the setbacks, the big wins. .... Our players have done a great job, Jones said. They have handled it exceptionally well. They have been individual champions.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25---Follow Steve Megargee at www.twitter.com/stevemegargee Collin McHugh Jersey . -- Jimmy Walkers first PGA Tour trophy came with a special gift tucked inside. Brad Lidge Jersey . Thousands of fans at Mosaic Stadium will be cozying up to each other in an effort to stay warm in chilly temperatures and block the Prairie wind that locals say can knock your socks off. http://www.customastrosjersey.com/custom-joe-smith-jersey-large-1256y.html .Y. - Rob Manfred was promoted Monday to Major League Baseballs chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Yuli Gurriel Jersey . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. Custom Astros Jerseys .Y. - General manager Billy King says the Brooklyn Nets are looking to add a big man and confirmed the team worked out centre Jason Collins, who would become the first openly gay active NBA player if signed. Five months after being hauled off after just 31 minutes on his second Test appearance, Teimana Harrison has been charged with the essential role of being Englands blockade against Fiji on Saturday.First-half tactical substitutions are a rare thing in Test rugby but Jones made two during their June series against Australia with Luther Burrell getting that treatment in the first match and Harrison in the third.I dont see it as a big deal, was Eddie Jones take when asked if the players were mentally scarred from the experience. It is a view said to be echoed by the team but only Harrison knows exactly how much it affected him ahead of his third start at openside for England against the Islanders at Twickenham.Dylan Hartley, England captain and was also in the same school as Harrison in Rotorua, knows the flanker well.He brought him to Northampton, chartered his meteoric rise from academy obscurity to his Test debut against Wales in May and would have kept a watchful eye on Harrison in the changing room after his substitution ignominy.Eddie said to him after the game in the changing room that it was a decision for the team, Hartley said of Harrison. Coaches make decisions on behalf of the team and that is what they thought we needed at the time.Tei is a young guy. He had a brilliant first season for Northampton. He has been told, like we all have, to improve in certain areas and he has gone and done that.Jones doesnt necessarily follow rugbys traditional narrative. On Friday he talked of how England have only had 31 great players in their history, as they were the group that won the World Cup -- a statement which swipes aside those who played before the quadrennial tournament started in 1987.And then there is Elliot Daly. Though he is usually found in the centres, Daly is on the wing on Saturday despite having started just five of his 92 Aviva Premiership games for Wasps on the flank.First-half substitutions are aalso a break from the norm and it was surprising that he singled out Harrisons showing in Northamptons heavy 41-7 Champions Cup loss at Castres back in October as the best performance he had seen from a No.dddddddddddd7 in a Premiership team.It was this match along with Harrisons off-field work which has seen him given another chance to impress after his Northampton teammate Tom Wood performed well in the openside role last week.Hes physically better equipped. He has gone back and put on a couple of kilos, Jones said. Hes worked particularly on his tackled technique.He did a lot of good work with [England defence coach] Paul Gustard and with [coaching consultant and Melbourne Storm coach] Jason Ryles in Portugal.Jones recognises Harrisons rise has been rapid, but wants him to embrace the physical and mental challenges of Test rugby, starting with Saturdays task of stopping Fijis attacking threat.He needs to be a stopper, Jones said. He needs to stop the Fijians on the gainline. Thats what Haskells done so well for us and now hes in the three-piece suit and looking very good.We need another guy not in the three-piece suit to stop opposition on the gainline.Tom Wood did a great job for us last week; we are looking to see how we can increase the depth in that No.7 role.With James Haskell, Mike Williams, Sam Jones and Jack Clifford all injured and Wood hopeful of returning to the openside role for the Test against Argentina on Nov. 26, there is fierce competition for the No.7 shirt.Harrisons audition will be on Saturday and he is challenged by Jones to take his next step to greatnessWe want to produce great players, Jones said. Every player tomorrow has an opportunity to get on the path to being a great player. If Teimana does it his selection increases. Its it the same for every player. ' ' '

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