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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes his program is slowly moving forward, even though the results suggests the Volunteers remain stuck in neutral.

The Vols wasted an opportunity to end a couple of losing streaks Saturday by falling 31-17 to No. 20 Florida after the Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his lower right leg in the first quarter. Tennessee has lost its last nine games with Florida and its last 18 games against ranked opponents.

Tennessee's latest loss created more questions about the Vols' quarterback situation and more concern about their lack of playmakers, but Jones saw hope in the way Tennessee continued competing after self-destructing in the first half.

The Vols (2-2) try to end their 2-game losing streak Saturday when they return home to face South Alabama.

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