WATCH: Tennessee Players Talk Final Thoughts on Florida Game

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    Two Tennessee players, including TE Jacob Warren, spoke to the media on Monday to open up Week 5.

    Tennessee knows that if it wants to be successful at Missouri, they have to learn from the Florida game, but cannot dwell on the loss. Tennessee wide receiver JaVonta Payton said after the game on Saturday that having a test like Florida early is great. Win or lose, it gives Tennessee a chance to learn from their mistakes early in the season, against a Top 10 team.

    And on Monday, Tennessee TE Jacob Warren and DL Tyler Baron spoke about a similar mindset in the building Monday.

    Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) lost to No. 10 Florida (3-1, 1-1 SEC) on Saturday night, but as mentioned, there isn’t much time to sit in the past. The Vols will be back on the road for another SEC East matchup this weekend against Missouri. In addition, the Tigers are also sitting at 2-2 on the year, with one loss in the SEC.

    The Vols took a look back on the game film from Florida on Monday morning. During the viewing, the team found a number of places they feel could have, and should have been executed better. Offensively, both Payton on Saturday and Warren on Monday echoed the same thing, that Florida’s defense didn’t change throughout the game. Instead, Tennessee’s self-inflicted wounds, combined with an inability to execute their plays, were the most leading cause for the collapse.

    Monday was about learning from their mistakes as the team was closing out the weekend’s game study before shifting their focus to Missouri. In addition to the Tennessee players, head coach Josh Heupel also spoke to the media on Monday to open week five.

    Tennessee will travel to Columbia to take on Missouri this Saturday in a pivotal SEC East matchup. The SEC Network will have the broadcast at noon ET.

    Tennessee DL Tyler Baron

    “We just have to be more disciplined,” Baron said on Monday. “We do a good job of resetting the line of scrimmage. But gap discipline, everyone has to do their assignments to the fullest of their ability and stick to it.”

    Tennessee TE Jacob Warren

    “That’s something that a lot of young players often struggle with, they don’t understand the magnitude of the mistakes that they make or they don’t understand that things off the field can impact the things that happen on the field,” Warren said on Monday. “And so just getting everyone honestly, the upperclassmen and the younger guys to understand that. And for myself even, too.”

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.