The Tennessee Vols will play their final non-conference game of the season on Saturday night when they host South Alabama.

Tennessee will become bowl eligible with a win over the Jaguars.

On Monday, South Alabama’s coaching staff spoke to reporters about the upcoming matchup with the Vols.

Unsurprisingly, Jaguars head coach Kane Wommack, who is in his first season leading South Alabama’s football program, spoke a lot about the Vols’ up-tempo offensive attack.

“Tennessee does a tremendous job, they use the tempo of their offense and the amount of plays that they can produce as their combination for winning,” said Wommack on Monday. “They play the war of attrition, not necessarily in the ground-and-pound attack but in the amount of plays that they force your defense to play overall and also the amount of plays and how fast they ask you to be able to defend them.”

“I’ve gone against tempo offenses in a lot of different leagues, but I would say probably Tennessee is the fastest I’ve ever seen in terms of their tempo,” added Wommack.

Tennessee’s tempo is obviously impressive to Wommack, but what impresses him the most is the way the Vols do the little things that allow them to play at such a high tempo.

“They do a tremendous job of making sure they keep their players on the field, typically when the ball goes into their sideline you automatically get an ‘Iron Cross’ situation where they back everybody off the field, and then they take that player and basically push him back out on the field to make sure that all 11 have stayed on so that they can go as fast as they possibly can,” explained Wommack. “It’s really pretty impressive, they’ve really thought of everything. So we have to do a great job of maximizing our opportunities and the possessions that we get offensively and limiting the amount of reps that our players have to play defensively so that we are still fresh in the fourth quarter when it matters most.”

Wommack’s comments are further proof of the tremendous job that Heupel has done since arriving in Knoxville in January.

Tennessee’s offensive system is completely different than it was under previous head coach Jeremy Pruitt. It would be understandable if there were some speedbumps along the way as UT’s players learn Heupel’s up-tempo system.

For the most part, however, the Vols have looked like a well-oiled machine all season. There have been very few noticeable miscommunications or situations where players didn’t know what they were supposed to be doing.

That’s a testament to Heupel and his staff. They’ve done a great job of teaching this system and getting the players to completely buy in to a new style of football.

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