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What Joe Milton, Tennessee Players Said Following Georgia Loss

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Tennessee quarterback Joe Milton III at the 2023 Orange & White spring football game. Photo via Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee football running back Jaylen Wright, quarterback Joe Milton III, linebacker Aaron Beasley and wide receiver Squirrel White met with the media following the Vols’ 38-10 loss to Georgia in Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

What they said can be said below.

LB Aaron Beasley

On struggling to stop third downs…

“I guess you could say breakdowns and just winning our one-on-ones. I feel like we weren’t matching our routes and zone coverages. We just want to execute.”

On how this Georgia team compares to past teams he’s played…

“As far as talent goes, I’d say they’ve had a little bit more talent in the past. What you see out of them is that they’re a very sound team, very fundamentally sound, and they play as a team, so I feel like that’s the one common thing I’ve seen from these past years.”

On building confidence for next week against Vanderbilt…

“I feel like we’ll be ready to go. I feel like everybody on this team loves the game of football, so next week we have another opportunity to play football, and we’re going to do just that: go out there and play ball.”

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QB Joe Milton III

On what Georgia was doing to make things difficult for them…

“They didn’t do anything different than what we prepared for. Two-man, four-star, cover one, you saw it happen on the first cover one we hit it through the middle so they got out of that. Other than that, we just have to execute as an offense. We have to keep going. When the momentum is that high in your stadium, you just have to keep going and keep rolling. You have to swing no matter what.”

On how offensive injuries impact the operation of the offense…

“It’s the same thing I preach in practice; everybody has to take a rep, no matter who is in. Your starting five going, if your backup is in, then your backup should be able to understand what the intent of the play is and what we’re trying to do with this.”

On how the team can refocus for next week…

“I feel like you just have to go in tomorrow, learn from your mistakes and do the same thing you do every week. Just learn from your mistakes and go out there the next week and try and operate at your highest level no matter what. No matter who is out there, you have to be able to operate. The more hard work you put in, the more you’ll get out of it. The more that we go in there with the mindset of ‘how bad do we really want it?’, Monday practice or Tuesday practice, you have to go out there and attack the day. You just have to go execute at the end of the day no matter what.”

WR Squirrel White

On tonight’s lack of consistency in the passing game…

“Just not executing. We should’ve come out and executed more in the pass game.”

On the lack of third down conversions…

“They just play man on third downs. We just didn’t execute.”

On the offense being up and down this season…

“It can get frustrating, but at the end of the day you just have to flush it and go out there and ball.”

RB Jaylen Wright

On whether he knew his long touchdown run was going to be the first play of the game…

“I knew it was the first call about two days ago. I just trust my line and thank God. Having it like that, trusting my linemen, hitting the seam. The thing was just not to get caught.”

On what changed offensively after his long touchdown run…

“I just feel like they’re really good up front. That’s something obvious, that they’re really good up front. We just have to do a better job of sustaining blocks and creating movement.”

On whether this Georgia team compares to previous ones that he has faced…

“They’re all similar. They fly around. They’re very disciplined. Very good up front and they have a great backend and defensive backs. It’s Georgia. I was expecting them to come play how they played today.”

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