Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel has a reputation as one of the brightest offensive minds in college football.

The Vols had the No. 9 scoring offense in the country in 2021. The previous season, Tennessee had the No. 109 scoring offense in the country.

I expected the Vols’ offense to be better under Heupel, considering his success at Missouri (as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator) and UCF. But I didn’t expect this drastic of an improvement in just one season.

Despite the offensive success, Heupel doesn’t want to be labeled as an “offensive coach”. He just views himself as a head coach.

During an appearance on “The Nation” on Sunday, Heupel was quick to correct VolQuest’s Austin Price when Price referred to the UT head coach as an offensive coach.

Check out the exchange:

There’s no doubt that Heupel’s fingerprints are all over Tennessee’s offense. But that doesn’t change that Heupel is a true CEO type coach. That’s why he’s surrounded himself with an offensive staff that he trusts. It’s clear the entire staff shares the same vision.

And that’s why the results were as impressive as they were this season.

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