Sixteen. That's how many snaps the Tennessee Volunteers got off before the play clock dipped below 20 seconds on Saturday in their 45-0 win over Austin Peay.

To head coach Butch Jones, that statistic speaks volumes about the tempo of his offense. And his players know that.

"Coach is always going to stress to play faster, you can never make him happy in that point," senior offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James said. "Sometimes out there we were late to the ball. I think (Jones) said we snapped it 16 times with 20 or more seconds left on the play clock."

Despite that number possibly being distorted by a lopsided scoreboard through the second half and backups garnering a surprising amount of playing time, Jones still saw some need for improvement.

"Still need to work on (the tempo)," he said. "At times we played relatively fast, and other times we slowed down. We're not in up-tempo all the time. We have four different tempos that we change up, but I'd still like to get faster."

A concern for the Vols is that Saturday's season-opening win only featured the first team offense and defense for the opening 30 minutes. UT's starters may not have the luxury of only playing half the game against Western Kentucky, who beat Kentucky 35-26 to open the season.

Adjusting to much more playing time will be a big teaching point for Jones' staff as they prepare for their 12:21 Saturday afternoon tilt with the Hilltoppers at Neyland Stadium.

"We didn't play a full game," Jones said. "We had some individuals only play 33 or 34 snaps and usually there's 70 or 80 snaps in a game. So that's an area of concern and we'll demand a lot from them this week in practice."

One of those sparsely used starters was junior quarterback Justin Worley, who only threw 13 passes and sat out the entire second half.

"That's the coaches' call and I respect their decision," he said. "It would've been nice to play a little more, but I guess they wanted to see some other guys play."

Despite sitting the second half with Worley, James saw plenty of room to improve the offense's tempo.

"I felt like we started off fast, and then Worley came to the sidelines a couple of times and said 'step up the tempo, step up the tempo,'" James said. "But that's going to get better over time."

Watching Western Kentucky's win over the Wildcats this past weekend gave James some closure in the tempo department.

"It'll be to our advantage if we play fast," James said. "I watched the Kentucky-Western Kentucky game and (the Hilltoppers) were starting to get tired, so if we step up the tempo I think it'll be to our advantage.

"It's definitely going to be tested, but I feel that we're up to the challenge."

Defensive end Jacques Smith aided the tempo and energy movement – at least from the sidelines. The senior missed Saturday's game with a broken thumb, but was visible all over the Vols' bench and caught Jones' eye.

"One of our awards we give is the 'juice man' award," Jones said, "(to) the individual who displays the most juice on the sidelines. I like energy.

"(Smith) was into it all game long, he was into it at the hotel. It was hurting him not being able to play on that field."

Taking over a team that lost much of its gritty identity in a hapless 2012 campaign, Jones made it clear after his first win as Tennessee's head coach – the tempo will send a message to the rest of college football.

Jones added, "No longer will we hear the terms 'flat' or 'lethargic' in our football program."