Vols offense feels a sense of urgency as fall camp begins

Tennessee Athletics photo / Tennessee sophomore quarterback Harrison Bailey looks for running room during last December's loss to Florida. Bailey started the final three games of last season.

During his February introductory news conference as Tennessee's offensive coordinator, Alex Golesh labeled the quarterback competition as "a six-month process."

Golesh no longer possesses such a deliberate tone on the subject.

"We are really, really down to the wire here now 30 days out from playing," Golesh said Tuesday afternoon in a media gathering to preview Wednesday morning's start to preseason camp. "We're going to have to figure it out quick before pouring reps into whoever that is and getting the other guys behind him ready to go play. Consistency is really the word throughout our offense in general, so we want a guy who can string things together and allow coaches and teammates to trust in them.

"We are different and we are unique in how we play, so consistency is important, and it would help if they can push the ball vertically down the field."