Berry, Jones in a double-barrel G-Gun?

Tennessee safety Eric Berry hasn't given up on his dreams to play offense this season.

The sophomore said UT has worked on an offensive package in which he joins receiver Gerald Jones in the G-Gun, in which Jones plays quarterback.

"They've got some stuff up their sleeve," Berry said of UT's coaches. "It's going to be pretty interesting once they decide to do it."

Berry, who played quarterback for four years at Fairburn High School in Creekside, Ga., said he was supposed to play on offense against Auburn on Sept. 27. Just before he was to enter the game, a penalty against the Vols caused UT's coaches to decide against unveiling the package.

UT coach Phillip Fulmer downplayed the likelihood that Berry will be playing offense anytime soon, including Saturday's game against Georgia.

"If he got hurt, you guys would say, 'Why the hell did you play him on offense?' " Fulmer said to the assembled reporters on Tuesday.

During preseason camp, Berry told the media that UT coaches told him that he'd get a shot on offense this season, possibly like Jones.

"Gerald gives us basically the same thing," Fulmer said. "We just don't have the depth at safety we would like to have."

Berry, who is tied for the SEC lead in interceptions with three, understands the concern for his wellness considering how important he is to UT's defense.

"I really don't have a true backup," Berry said. "If anything happened on offense, if I got hurt, they'd have to bring in a young guy."

That could be freshman Prentiss Waggner. UT could also shift Dennis Rogan to safety and play Marsalous Johnson or Brent Vinson at Rogan's cornerback spot.

Fulmer said there is also concern about fatigue.

"Eric is on a lot of special teams," Fulmer said.

Berry said he's averaging about 60 plays per game on defense and special teams but insisted he could still play a few snaps on offense.

Obviously, defensive backs coach Larry Slade doesn't want to lose Berry. But Slade sees the possibilities every time Berry touches the ball.

Considering his position, that's been more often than one would expect. Berry has six interceptions and 271 interception return yards in his career.

"It's a touchdown waiting to happen," Slade said. "He's really good with the ball in his hands because of the high expectations he has of himself.

"He could certainly go over there (on offense) and help. He's just one of those types of guys."

Berry is just trying not to get his hopes up.

"If it happens, it happens," he said. "If it doesn't, I'll be hurt a little bit. I'll just have to get the ball on defense somehow."

Injury Report: Fulmer said junior offensive guard Vladimir Richard (knee) is ready to play and participated fully in practice Wednesday.

Senior middle linebacker Ellix Wilson said he's 95-percent recovered from the dislocated shoulder injury he suffered against Auburn.

Wilson said his shoulder feels tighter and hasn't popped out of joint, thanks to having last week off.

Fulmer said senior receiver Lucas Taylor (shoulder) is also ready to play.

Tight end Jeff Cottam said he's never felt healthier after returning to action last week following preseason back surgery.

"I've got to admit, I probably feel better right now than I ever have in college. Ever since I've been in college I've been beat up and bruised," the junior said.

Cottam played only a couple of snaps last week against Northern Illinois but expects to be ready..

"This week, I've been full speed in everything in practice," Cottam said. "Last week, I was only doing half the stuff."

Practice Report: Fulmer was pleased with UT's practice.

"This team - to its credit - has not lost its spirit whatsoever," he said.

It's (Not Just) Academic: Fulmer said the suspensions of reserve offensive linemen Darius Myers and Ramon Johnson wasn't based solely off of one thing.

"This wasn't just academics," Fulmer said. "I don't want it to sound like it was."

Fulmer said Jarrod Shaw will be UT's first offensive tackle off the bench in light of the most recent suspensions.

Fulmer added that he was pleased with the SEC's new rule that punishes players with suspensions for missing class.

He Talks!: After declining media interviews last week following another costly fumble, senior tailback Arian Foster addressed reporters.

"I'm fine," Foster said when asked of his mental state. "Football is football and you're going to have your roller-coaster ride, your ups and downs.

"I smile through it all. That's me."

Drew Edwards contributed to this report.

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utvolz#637682 writes:

Oh hell yes!

utmdm writes:

The G-Berry??

DennisVols writes:

There is no promise of tomorrow. If you have the opportunity to do something and you put it off then the only thing that is guaranteed is you missed the opportunity.
Every play Berry makes he risk an injury. If you get in a car you have a greater chance of being injuried than you do playing football.
I don't want UT to become a gimmick team but we need some kind of surprise other than the ones we have had so far this year.

BIGORANGEdawgHATER writes:

What? Guess the great coaching geniuses we have are gunna wait till we are 2-7 to start gettin some stones! Total BS!!!!!!!

orangecountry21 writes:

Jones and Berry? Crazy.

Volomatic writes:

Some body needs to also tell CPF that we have an all american tight end and I think I would play him before someone who just came back from back surgery but hey I only watch what he does on tv what do I know

gnm53108 writes:

At this point,with our offensive woes,we should try everything.While we do need to do better with moving the chains,ball controll,we have ta score ever once in a while.
Get in the END ZONE!

Beat Georgia.
Go VOLS!

redneckerson writes:

First, Fulmer says he doesn't pay attention to the media. Then he says he can't play Berry on offense because, if he's injured, the media will criticize him???

orangecountry21 writes:

volomatic, the reason Warren doesn't play as much as Stocker....one reason. Stocker can block. Watch Brandon Warren block. Can't get it done.

kevin151 writes:

dingleberry - cause fulmers an idiot and we'll be 2-4 on saturday night

dvols writes:

good one kevin, (dingles)

gerry-berry
franken-berry

philaberry

the wild berry

...

volmattna writes:

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! What a joke! Wait till you are 2 and 3 before you start to think about putting berry on offense. And field goal phil saying he is afraid of him geting injured. well im sure when tim tebow runs with the ball urban meyer is afraid he will get injured. does it keep him from doing it? No!! And fellow vol fans this is why we are 2 and 3!! FULMER WHAT A JOKE!!

eduardo writes:

No matter what is discussed the outcome will be the same. The man on the sidelines is the problem obviously. I have got a feeling that no matter what happens the rest of the season we will be stuck with F$$lmer til he breaks the record of Gen. Neyland. The last 7 games they go 3-4 that will make them 5-7. The scapegoat will be Clawson, unfortunately. Dave you are smarter than this staff ever thought about being. Resign, get the heck out of this train wreck. The powers that be are coming after you!

Hunter writes:

Britton Colquitt comes back this week - punt on first down and try to get a safety or three. I like our chances better that way than with Fumbles McGee and last year's 4th string QB.

givehim6 writes:

Playing not to lose again hu phil baby?

EyeNoEvrthng writes:

in response to grvol:

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grvol , You're not a "real Volfan" ( real fans don't slander our great Coach Fulmer) How much do you donate $$$ to the program yearly ? Unless you're on Jim Haslam's level, you don't have a vote !

eutefan writes:

Berry might be okay. Jones so far has been unproductive. Gets knocked down to easily.

utvolz#637682 writes:

Huh? Frankenberry.....you talkin' to me? :-)

Frank in Manchester

alavol writes:

in response to VolnFlorida:

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I said it before-the single wing will work a heck of a lot better than the stupid G-gun, which is almost as inane as the idiotic mustang package! did you see where Tubbie fired his OC Franklin?
He does not fool around.

TommyJack writes:

It's obviious. The GerryBerry.

ctmartin writes:

Berry is a Soph. He will be back next year.

EyeNoEvrthng writes:

Maybe Jim Haslam will fire Mike Hamiton ...

etbuc4eva#271956 writes:

in response to orangecountry21:

volomatic, the reason Warren doesn't play as much as Stocker....one reason. Stocker can block. Watch Brandon Warren block. Can't get it done.

he didnt have a problem blocking calais campbell from miami and chris long from virgina as a freshman so i dont know why he all of a sudden cant block now. maybe this is just where tight ends go to die. give him the ball and he can do something. He didnt make all american because he blocked for lorenzo booker 45 plays per game. Get the ball in play makers hands. Jones, berry, warren, creer and whoever else will get us first downs and tds!!

eutefan writes:

He was a Freshman all-american. That means he got into more than one game.

BSweet writes:

Berry and Jones.... B....J..... It's the "BlowGun"!

FWBVol writes:

If Eric Berry got some time on offense and was hurt every Fulmer basher would have a field day. They'd be crying he shouldn't have let our best defensive player play offense.

No matter what Fulmer does here there will be a certain segment of people shouting for his head.

BigVolOnBoard writes:

Berry is great returning against other team's offence, that is a big difference from playing against defences.

Just more hype from a coach who's only hope is a trick play.

VolsFan3390 writes:

It would be bad if he got hurt although you have nothing else to possibly lose...i would love to see this pakage both have qb experience. Fulmer needs to do anything to get fans excited (like revealing this pakage) even if you have to risk a player for injury. Now dont take it the wrong way please. But his job is on the line and seriously the chances of him getting hurt for how little they run the G-Gun is very small. LET EM PLAY. LET THE DOUBLE-BARREL RIP.
GO VOLS!

bluetick writes:

Why practice it if you have no plans to use it coach? That's just idiotic! Makes no sense what so ever. Put him in a few plays.. Most other coaches would put him in.. I've wanted to see this since the season began.

soccervol writes:

Why even play him at all if you think he may get hurt???!! Someone needs to tell Fulmer that this is a physical game on both sides of the ball - Still not sure what he meant and he probably doesn't know either.

Urbiewerecomingtogetyou writes:

yo voluntad creer ello cuando yo ver ello! puro chorradas!

VolsFan3390 writes:

in response to bluetick:

Why practice it if you have no plans to use it coach? That's just idiotic! Makes no sense what so ever. Put him in a few plays.. Most other coaches would put him in.. I've wanted to see this since the season began.

Thats a good point if you spend time during the week gameplaning and never try it in a game then its no good

Laydbakvol writes:

Come on! Have you not seen the hits E.B. puts on ball carriers? He's got a lot less chance of getting hurt running the GooseBerry than he has at safety! "Get the ball to the playmakers". Follow your own advice, Phil and Dave. You know you're going to do it sooner or later. Why not sooner?

Urban_Weiner writes:

ooook, so lets pretend Berry does get hurt, what season is that ending? I mean we have nothing to lose! and anyways, we would have Rogan and Morely back there at safety, which would let us finally use Vinson at corner who I think is the most talented CB.

So I say go for IT!

tenneseejed writes:

http://muschampforut.wordpress.com/

Only interview the UTAD needs to give in January.

PreventUT writes:

"If he got hurt, you guys would say, 'Why the hell did you play him on offense?' " - did he really say hell?

That's probably true, but listen to Clawson and put him in anyway. While you're at it, let him return some punts, too!

"We just don't have the depth at safety we would like to have."

How many DB's does UT have? What about Rogan...or Vinson? I find it hard to believe UT lacks depth at that position. Maybe I'm wrong.

newtonrail writes:

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To show how little you really know, Berry can't go to the NFL next year as you said in your previous post. They have to stay through their 3rd year. I hope this Administration has the fortitude to give the Entire staff another year to gel. If Fulmer pulls a Tubber and jettisons Clawson under the bus, then I'll pull my vote. The mistake made this year was a QB who doesn't have it when game is on the line. They probably should have pulled the trigger a week early, but that goes to how Crompton practiced and loyalty.

thegreatpumpkin writes:

This has ZERO chance of being a called formation against UGA because Phil will use his patented "play not to lose conservatism" in this big game.

LiveFaith writes:

The GeengleBerry!

volmattna writes:

Orangcountry21, Warren blocks pretty good what little ive seen him in the game. Stocker isnt really opening holes you could drive a truck through. Atleast thats the way it looks from my seats. Bottom line warren will be playing in the NFL stocker will not. But we continue to play lesser talent while the better player watches from the sideline. And thats why we are 2 and 3. And getting ready to be 2 and 4. And gona get alot worse than that if field goal phil continues to keep the best players on the sideline.

Goosfraba writes:

I'm still not sure if Fulmer is done yet or not. The program has fallen from what it was in the nineties, but he's still bringing in talent. We appear to be at a very low point right now and we're still getting great recruits like Askew. Maybe the Clawson offense will take off after this year. At least I hope so. I would like to see Fulmer turn it around, but he just doesn't ever make a decision until he has to. The only reason we have a new coordinator is because cut moved on. Fulmer's biggest problem is his stubbornness. I know he won a national championship with the same philosophies he believes in now, but you have to change with the game. The entire SEC has evolved and made changes to stay competitive. Fulmer needs to try something,like Berry on offense, to spark this team and win some games. If he would coach to the strengths of this team, and quit waiting on Tee, Al, Peerless, and Jamal to walk out on the field, we could win some games. The same stuff those players could do, this team obviously can't. We love ya Phil, but I can't help but wonder if it might finally be time to hang it up.

ZR writes:

in response to Goosfraba:

I'm still not sure if Fulmer is done yet or not. The program has fallen from what it was in the nineties, but he's still bringing in talent. We appear to be at a very low point right now and we're still getting great recruits like Askew. Maybe the Clawson offense will take off after this year. At least I hope so. I would like to see Fulmer turn it around, but he just doesn't ever make a decision until he has to. The only reason we have a new coordinator is because cut moved on. Fulmer's biggest problem is his stubbornness. I know he won a national championship with the same philosophies he believes in now, but you have to change with the game. The entire SEC has evolved and made changes to stay competitive. Fulmer needs to try something,like Berry on offense, to spark this team and win some games. If he would coach to the strengths of this team, and quit waiting on Tee, Al, Peerless, and Jamal to walk out on the field, we could win some games. The same stuff those players could do, this team obviously can't. We love ya Phil, but I can't help but wonder if it might finally be time to hang it up.

The Clawson offense may take off next year................at Tennessee State.

rootin4volz writes:

"I smile through it all. That's me."

Yeah, just like Radio!

gnm53108 writes:

in response to Goosfraba:

I'm still not sure if Fulmer is done yet or not. The program has fallen from what it was in the nineties, but he's still bringing in talent. We appear to be at a very low point right now and we're still getting great recruits like Askew. Maybe the Clawson offense will take off after this year. At least I hope so. I would like to see Fulmer turn it around, but he just doesn't ever make a decision until he has to. The only reason we have a new coordinator is because cut moved on. Fulmer's biggest problem is his stubbornness. I know he won a national championship with the same philosophies he believes in now, but you have to change with the game. The entire SEC has evolved and made changes to stay competitive. Fulmer needs to try something,like Berry on offense, to spark this team and win some games. If he would coach to the strengths of this team, and quit waiting on Tee, Al, Peerless, and Jamal to walk out on the field, we could win some games. The same stuff those players could do, this team obviously can't. We love ya Phil, but I can't help but wonder if it might finally be time to hang it up.

This Clawson hire will determine if Phil is done or not.

How long does he have?Do we give him one or two seasons?

Most that want Phil gone for our results sor far this year are the same ones who wanted him to go outside the Tennessee family and bring in a new style of offense.Well,he did.Now we are in some h3llish growing pains.

Hope we atleast give em time to see if it's going to work.The alternative is starting all over again but this time it would probably be on both sides of the ball.Atleast the defense is pretty solid.I would hate to be going through this both ways.

Striker writes:

Lets pick this apart just a tad:

"Berry, who played quarterback for four years at Fairburn High School in Creekside, Ga., said he was supposed to play on offense against Auburn on Sept. 27. Just before he was to enter the game, a penalty against the Vols caused UT's coaches to decide against unveiling the package"

-Ok, if it were in the table and they took it off just after a penalty??? How many times did we have the ball on or better than the 50 late in the game, 3 or 4 times? Why the hell did the penalty make any difference???

"UT coach Phillip Fulmer downplayed the likelihood that Berry will be playing offense anytime soon, including Saturday's game against Georgia"

"If he got hurt, you guys would say, 'Why the hell did you play him on offense?' " Fulmer said to the assembled reporters on Tuesday~CPF"
-Coach if you dont care what the fans say then why that statement? And what difference does offense or defense make. He is hitting someone every other play on defense???? The last thing youd ever want to do is give the best athelete the ball...........

Man o Man, are we getting 3 million dollars worth folks or what. And to the dude that said you must be a massive donor to complain earlier, nonsense brother, first off everyone has a right to complain, and if someone is passionate about thier program they have a right to voice it. Besides im sure everyone here donates one way or another.

xvolx writes:

ala. got up on ga. by blitzing a young off. line. In the second half, they stopped blitzing and stafford picked them apart. can you say mustang.

Volalumnus writes:

Well all that stuff from Fulmerites about Fulmer and his word.

Fulmer is a liar, just ask Berry.

....or Berry is. Remember how Berry in an article was talking about how Fulmer had promised him that he would get in on some offense and he knew Fulmer was a man of his word.....

It wouldn't be a good idea anyway...two people playing a position at the same time that they won't let the one throw from now. What would be the guess for the defense? Left or right?

rockytop47 writes:

grvol, maybe you should wait another 40 years before you post. You must be an idiot. First of all, Berry is a soph and if you remember (maybe not gandpa) but you have to be 3 years removed from high school to go pro so NO Berry won't be in the pros next year. And if you can't support the Vols the go to #$#$! We don't need you old man.

hewwheel writes:

in response to volmattna:

Orangcountry21, Warren blocks pretty good what little ive seen him in the game. Stocker isnt really opening holes you could drive a truck through. Atleast thats the way it looks from my seats. Bottom line warren will be playing in the NFL stocker will not. But we continue to play lesser talent while the better player watches from the sideline. And thats why we are 2 and 3. And getting ready to be 2 and 4. And gona get alot worse than that if field goal phil continues to keep the best players on the sideline.

Warren may be the better physical specimen, but Stocker has NFL ability as well and so does Cottam who is also now in the mix. I just wish we would get the ball to the position more. I could see all 3 on the field. They'd be tough to cover on goal line situations.

wkjq#213863 writes:

in response to Volomatic:

Some body needs to also tell CPF that we have an all american tight end and I think I would play him before someone who just came back from back surgery but hey I only watch what he does on tv what do I know

This All-American dropped a pass that hit him right in the hands against NIU.

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