Coach Butch Jones tells UT Vols they're 'a good football team'

Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd picks up first-down yardage during Saturday night's game against Arkansas at Neyland Stadium. Hurd and fellow Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara were factors early but faded in the second half of the Vols' second straight SEC loss.

KNOXVILLE -- For the fourth time in seven football seasons, Tennessee is 2-3.

The Volunteers had the same record through five games in 2009, 2010 and last season, and while they rallied on the easier back halves of those schedules, there's a different feeling around this one.

Letting two-score leads slip away in the losses by a combined 12 points probably has something to do with that.

If the Vols and third-year coach Butch Jones are going to turn this season around, it very well may have to start against Georgia on Saturday.

"We know what it feels like to be in this position," linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said Monday. "It's Team 119. Team 119 hasn't done anything yet. We just keep everyone focused, stay grinding. No one's going to give up; no one's going to quit.