The Tennessee Vols defender shares the best reason we’ve heard for UT’s loss to South Carolina

Tennessee Vols fans are looking for answers after UT’s 63-38 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks last weekend.

Some fans seem to think the absence of linebacker Jeremy Banks, who head coach Josh Heupel said was unavailable for the game, was the reason for the loss.

Others think that the drama in the dressing room (with Banks) was the reason the Vols lost to the Gamecocks.

The real reason is probably much simpler.

Tennessee just didn’t think South Carolina would give them a game.

For the first time this season, the Vols overlooked an opponent.

Linebacker Aaron Beasley essentially confirmed this Monday during a media session with reporters.

“We didn’t have enough urgency,” Beasley said. “We thought we were going to get in there and everything would fall where it was supposed to, but that’s not how college prom works.”

“I suppose we just felt like it was being given to us,” added Beasley. “We felt like we didn’t have to go out there and work for it. We thought they would just lie down. Props to them, they came out, they played a great game. They played physically. They are a great team and they showed that this Saturday.”

Those comments from Beasley, who to his credit played well defensively, basically confirmed that Tennessee was letting the outside noise sway them.

All week we heard how the Vols would blow out the Gamecocks. Even the tone from South Carolina was very strong “how many points will South Carolina lose to Tennessee”. I don’t know if the Vols heard all that noise, but they certainly played the way they did.

However, the fact that Beasley acknowledged this tells fans that the Tennessee players know what went wrong. And that should give fans hope that it won’t happen again.

UT has a tough duel with an improved Vanderbilt team on deck. If they win this game, they will reach 10 wins for the first time since 2007. And their Sugar Bowl hopes remain alive. But if they lose, it’s going to be an extremely long offseason in East Tennessee.

Featured image via Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports