KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley often tells his players it's not the adversity they face that matters. What matters is that they respond positively to the challenge.
Dooley admits he had a hard time following his own advice when he watched the Volunteers' star wide receiver, Justin Hunter, go down with a season-ending knee injury early in the 32-22 loss to Florida on Saturday.
The young Vols (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) finally got the "scars" Dooley has said they've needed after cruising to wins at home against Montana and Cincinnati.
The Vols now have two weeks to heal their wounds before diving back into SEC play. This week is their bye week, and next week they host the Mid-American Conference's Buffalo (1-2) on Oct. 1.