Tennessee is paying over a million dollars a year for offensive coordinator Tyson Helton.
He comes to Rocky Top with the clear mandate to turn around the offense which struggled in almost every aspect last season.
WMNL’s Josh Ward had Sporting News college football editor Zac Al-Khateeb on Rocky Talk to discuss what the addition of Helton to the staff means.
“I think he’s the best thing that could happen to this Tennessee team,” Al-Khateeb said. “He’s worked with good quarterbacks in Sam Darnold and back at Western Kentucky Brandon Doughty. I don’t want to say the answer to all their prayers, but he’s definitely going to help bring that offense along.
“In two or three years, it’s going to be winning football.”
Some high praise for what will come down the line. This offense will need to be built back up. Though, if the offensive line can stay healthy and stable quarterback play, it might not be too far away from solid football.
There are pieces to build on. Left tackle Trey Smith looked like an NFL player as a freshman this past season. Running back Ty Chandler has star potential if he can continue to develop. Wide receiver Marquez Callaway has big-play potential. Add-in early enrollee wide receiver Alontae Taylor and there are playmakers on the offense.
Ward breaks down the interview with Al-Khateeb and discusses the latest with the basketball team.
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