Pope's crusade: To help in any way

UT sophomore moved to guard

Cody Pope continues to find himself in Tennessee's first-team offensive line. However, it was a little different Tuesday.

After playing all of spring practice at right tackle, Pope got a tryout at right guard for the first time under Lane Kiffin's coaching staff.

Pope said he's more comfortable at tackle but has no complaints about the move.

"Whatever gets me on the field fastest and whatever is going to contribute to the team," the California native said. "I really don't have preference."

Pope has played the position before. In his career, the sophomore has played every position on the offensive line, defensive tackle and tight end.

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

Bang Award: Chris Walker delivered the most impressive hit of the day. Even though the Vols weren't in full-contact mode, the junior defensive end clobbered freshman tailback Toney Williams on a middle screen.

As usual, Walker also was one of the toughest defensive linemen to block during line drills.

Full-Go Fullback: Austin Johnson continues to be a go-to receiver this spring. The sophomore fullback made a nifty, one-handed catch on the sideline and another 40-plus-yard gain when he was left uncovered while he was lined up outside.

Rebel Rouser: Quarterback B.J. Coleman and receiver Tyler Maples appear to be developing a strong chemistry. With three connections, the two were a consistent combo during Saturday's scrimmage. Tuesday, Coleman overcame pressure to find Maples deep downfield for a 50-plus-yard gain.

Practice Report: Kiffin complimented his offense while criticizing his defense for no turnovers Tuesday. Kiffin said he was pleased with his offense's response to a drill that started the Vols near their own goal line.

Berry Good: Safety Eric Berry was named to the 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List. The award is named after former NFL star safety Ronnie Lott, who starred for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Watch List is made up of 42 of the nation's top defensive players. Players are judged on integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity, or I.M.P.A.C.T.

Berry was a semifinalist for the award last season when he was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore and a consensus All-American.

Schedule: UT will practice today and Friday before breaking for the weekend. The Vols will practice next Tuesday and Thursday before the Orange and White game April 18 at Neyland Stadium.

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Comments » 32

pammyvol1000 writes:

wahoo!

TD_4_UT writes:

More good news about Coleman, man I hope he can put it together this year.

RockyTopBoy writes:

Anybody know how Chris Donald is progressing? I keep waiting to see his name mentioned.

smashmouth98 writes:

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

That did not make sense. Which is tougher in the new system?? Come on hooker

tums writes:

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

Um, so tackle is harder in both systems then?

tums writes:

Damn Smashmouth, you beat me to it.

HonoluluVol writes:

Always good to hear about positive growth and it seems like pratices are going really well. I hope this continues into the Fall.

TommyJack writes:

I caught that paragraph too. Thought I was having a senior moment.

vol_chaz writes:

Great comments on Coleman and Maples.. Can't wait till next weekend..

belayvol writes:

By the time the first game rolls around, there are going to be some insanely fired up fans in the stands this year. In 40+ years, i do not remember a more anticipated season. Even after 98.

belayvol writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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Blech! Take 2 margarita's until the moment passes.

kabzs writes:

in response to vol_chaz:

Great comments on Coleman and Maples.. Can't wait till next weekend..

Get used to that tandem.

they will be like
Montana and Rice
Manning and Harrison
Rodgers & Hammerstein

sweet music

the10sevol writes:

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

Huh?

the10sevol writes:

Sorry, late post, I thought it was just me

iowavol writes:

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

Well,dang it all. Seems like we got the same offensive line scheme brewing again. Tell me aint so! Who wrote this stuff anyway?

gohawks1 writes:

in response to RockyTopBoy:

Anybody know how Chris Donald is progressing? I keep waiting to see his name mentioned.

When Donald signed with UT back in 2007 (?), I had a friend who had talked to someone who knew a little about him and his high school experience, and my friend was told that Donald would never see the field. I found that hard to believe since he was a four star athlete and seemingly very talented, but it's starting to seem as though that could be the case.

kabzs writes:

in response to the10sevol:

Pope said he and his fellow UT offensive linemen believe that playing guard in Kiffin's offense is easier than tackle whereas playing tackle was considered more difficult in previous UT offenses.

Huh?

If you navagate to the mp3 downloads on this site, you can hear the actual interview with Pope in which he said McClendon told him guard is easier this year in Kiffin's O but Pope contracted this year with some other system (and to me he kind of mumbled making it hard to understand what he was referring to ) suggesting tackle was there easier than guard

http://www.govolsxtra.com/podcasts/go...

TD_4_UT writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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Why should we write it down? You post it on every article KNS puts out. It's like you are in a trance. Wake up, the real world is waiting.

givehim6 writes:

10 more days!

knoxVOLrockytop writes:

good to see players from tennessee high schools receiving compliments from the staff

gnm53108 writes:

"Berry Good"???

Dave...
Those words belong together when referencing a cobler,or maybe a jam,NOT Eric Berry.

Here is a few acceptable words when refrencing EB...

Greatest
The Best
Awesome
All American

There's many more.I'm sure other posters can give you some other examples.

gnm53108 writes:

And to the spelling police....

Its 0343am.

rocky_topper writes:

Now, that is a team player right there!

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

in response to Florrible:

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Amen

txvolsfan writes:

I'm really look forward to the tasty TEBOW SANDWICH this year. Put a TEBOW in the middle of Eric Berry and Chris Walker and you just smash it together.
Result:

UT- 28
UF- 17

Write it down.
It will TASTE great!!!

richvol writes:

in response to belayvol:

By the time the first game rolls around, there are going to be some insanely fired up fans in the stands this year. In 40+ years, i do not remember a more anticipated season. Even after 98.

I saw my first game in 1955. Coach Dickey's teams won a lot of ballgames on sheer guts in the 60's. Some other teams through the years would fight you as well but I am really looking forward to this year's edition of the Vols.

Kiffin has rekindled the passion and fire that it takes to win. Much like Saban and Meyer he knows that talent doesn't always make the difference. Of course it's always better to have the best players but they have to WANT IT. Kiffin has brought that back to the Hill.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

Can't wait to see Walker get a solid lick on Tim'may in the Dump - uh hum swamp.

troopervol writes:

in response to Florrible:

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This is one of the best come backs ever!

Well done!

Volunatic writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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Post of the day!

Write it down.

bnakk#240693 writes:

Question: Does anyone think that if Berry gets say 10 or so interceptions, absolutely shatters the all time career interception return yardage record, maybe returns a few kicks for some yards, and knocks they head off of two/three guys that the Heisman folks will be falling all over themselves to give him the heisman?

belayvol writes:

in response to richvol:

I saw my first game in 1955. Coach Dickey's teams won a lot of ballgames on sheer guts in the 60's. Some other teams through the years would fight you as well but I am really looking forward to this year's edition of the Vols.

Kiffin has rekindled the passion and fire that it takes to win. Much like Saban and Meyer he knows that talent doesn't always make the difference. Of course it's always better to have the best players but they have to WANT IT. Kiffin has brought that back to the Hill.

Sums it up perfectly.

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

in response to VFear:

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Here is hoping that is the case. I want this team to play with some fight in them. Thre will be no quiters on this team.

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