Adams: Handicapping Vols starts with their foes

One of the difficulties in evaluating a team's upcoming college football season is that you have so many variables (i.e., 12 opponents).

Sure, UT should be improved over its 5-7 season of last year. But what about everyone else?

Here's a cursory look at UT's opponents entering the last week of preseason camp.

Western Kentucky - Should be a breeze, right? It's a virtual Division I-A baby - or, as NCAA bureaucrats might put it, a virtual Football Bowl Subdivision baby.

A former Division I-AA powerhouse, WKU went 2-10 last year and has lost its last five games to SEC opponents by an average of 35.4 points.

But as a former UT coach once said after a loss to Wyoming, "In this day and age in college football, anybody can beat you, especially if you let them."

UCLA - When Bruins quarterback Kevin Prince threw three interceptions in one scrimmage, it's hard to say who should have been more concerned? UCLA or UT?

Quarterback Kevin Craft threw three interceptions in a preseason scrimmage last year, threw four more in the first half against UT, and then turned into Joe Montana in the fourth quarter of UCLA's comeback victory.

Florida - The Gainesville Sun quoted Florida defensive players recently as saying they want to be the best. Not the best in the SEC or the best in the country - the best ever.

That reflects the challenge of setting higher goals when you return your first- and second-team defenses from a team that won a national championship.

It hasn't been all good news for the Gators this preseason. They still need to find a go-to receiver, and deluxe kick/punt returner Brandon James reportedly has been battling depression ever since former UT coach Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Ohio University - If you think this game will be just slightly more difficult than Western Kentucky, you need a historical perspective.

The Bobcats lost by only one point at Wyoming last year. That's the same Wyoming team which beat UT in Neyland Stadium.

And don't forget the coach Frank Solich factor. That's the same Frank Solich who was an assistant coach at Nebraska when the Cornhuskers manhandled the Vols in a couple of bowl games.

Auburn - The Tigers are building their new offense around quarterback Chris Todd. Sound familiar?

They tried the same thing last year, and almost everybody on the premises got fired. The only difference is that Todd underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder.

If Auburn's offense suddenly becomes proficient, half the quarterbacks in the conference will be scheduling appointments with Todd's surgeon.

Georgia - The Bulldogs already have an injured tailback (Caleb King, hamstring) and they haven't even been tackled by Eric Berry yet. Is that a bad omen?

Maybe not. While King has been sidelined, running back Richard Samuel, who was a disappointment as a freshman, has demonstrated speed and power in scrimmages.

Another noteworthy development: Middle linebacker Marcus Washington was moved to defensive end to bolster the pass rush, which was lacking last season.

Alabama - The Tide hasn't been subtle in designating its go-to guy on offense. Star wide receiver Julio Jones is on the front and back of the Alabama media guide - all by himself.

Guess there wasn't room for the whole defense, which should be one of the best in the country.

A deeper, more talented receiving corps has emerged this preseason, which should take some of the heat off Jones as well as first-year starting quarterback Greg McElroy, who could be an upgrade over John Parker Wilson.

South Carolina - Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks keep searching for a dependable quarterback, a better offensive line and more playmakers on offense. And they keep finding defensive backs.

Freshman Stephon Gilmore received rave reviews from Spurrier when he won a starting cornerback job after the first week of spring drills. Another freshman defensive back has been the surprise of preseason camp.

D.J. Swearinger, a former UT commitment who grew up a Vols fan, has excelled at cornerback, even though he never played the position in high school.

Memphis - The unflattering nickname of Tiger High is no longer appropriate. The Tigers have become Transfer U.

And some of the transfers are impressive.

Lance Smith, who rushed for 436 yards on only 71 carries for Wisconsin in 2007, should ease the workload of 1,000-yard rusher Curtis Steele. Former Auburn safety DeRon Furr was the defensive most valuable player in the spring game.

Among the other notable transfers are former LSU linebacker Derrick Odom, former Mississippi State linebacker Jamon Hughes, and former Miami tight end DajLeon Farr. Including former junior college players, Memphis has 25 transfers on its roster.

Ole Miss - The Rebels already had a proven passing game with Jevan Snead throwing to Dexter McCluster and Shay Hodge. Now, they have added freshman firepower.

Patrick Patterson was the big-name recruit, but three other freshman receivers - Ja'Mes Logan, Terrell Grant and Jesse Grandy - have had good camps.

This should be the most potent Ole Miss offense UT has faced in 25 years, but that's not saying much. Since 1983, UT has won 12 consecutive games against the Rebels, who averaged only 14 points in those losses.

Vanderbilt - The Commodores are going to a no-huddle offense. In light of last year's struggles, I thought they might spend more time in the huddle.

Maybe they just want to get it over with as quickly as possible.

As bad as UT was offensively last season, it didn't even have the worst offense in the state. Vanderbilt ranked 117 out of 119 FBS teams in total offense.

Kentucky - What's going on with the Wildcats this preseason?

UT fans' probable answer: Who cares?

They know how the story ends. UT has won 24 consecutive games against Kentucky, whose fans can only look back to the good old days of the rivalry (1965-1984) when they won three of 20 games.

Sports editor John Adams may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com.

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Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

I'm sorry, but that bit about Brandon James was hilarious!

bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

"8-4" Looks good. Go Vols!!!

TheAntiSaban writes:

The signs of the Apocalypse are looming for the Bama Jam boys. Expect a tougher game from Ole Miss than the Tide. We may lose both but Ole Miss will look better. That might be the Revalation for things to come. Just ask Les Miles.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

in response to Gator_Hater:

I'm sorry, but that bit about Brandon James was hilarious!

yep, that one caused a turtle head.

samjrr writes:

Very good story. Liked the humor.

samjrr writes:

in response to HBKGault:

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So true. I agree

kdaff51 writes:

in response to bspurlingcac#225603:

"8-4" Looks good. Go Vols!!!

Looks good to me. We will get one of the big "3" (Fla., Ga., Ala.). My guess is Ga. A break at the right time could put us at 9-3. No Im not rollin bones just talking to Jack!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Aaron Hernandez is a talented guy, no doubt... his statement is that two of those five guys you mentioned need to establish themselves well, so teams don't key on Hernandez. One good receiver won't help you a whole lot... that's why Georgia Tech, even with Calvin Johnson, was never that good... you are almost better off not having a star receiver...atleast then you're not leaning on one guy, and the defense can't tell who you are looking for.

I'm not trying to Florida hate (even though I just don't like Florida...a given for a Vol fan)... I even think Florida will go undefeated and win the national title, But the "this will be a cake walk" attitude is the kind of thing that leads teams to a disappointment. If it makes you feel better, I feel that even under the worst case scenario, Florida is still 10-2.

Voluvr writes:

Brandon James. Funny, but true. No way they kick to him. Lack of opponent evaluation?Arrogance? Ignorance? I don't know, but I do know it wasn't smart.

tennezz writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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When we get through shaking we will run for cover!

flytnn writes:

in response to Gator_Hater:

I'm sorry, but that bit about Brandon James was hilarious!

That might be the funniest thing that John Adams has ever said!

tennezz writes:

in response to HBKGault:

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Adams writes some good stuff, But I wish he would get over this meyer, gator thing, I come on this site to read about the vols, not about florida!

Bigger_Al writes:

Adams act is growing very tired.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to tennezz:

Adams writes some good stuff, But I wish he would get over this meyer, gator thing, I come on this site to read about the vols, not about florida!

I see what you're saying, but the old saying is that "if you want to BE the man, you've got to BEAT the man." Like it or not, and as a Vol fan I do NOT like it, UF is THE MAN in the SEC right now. It never hurts, IMHO, to keep the objective in mind, and continuing to realize how good they are and how good everybody thinks they are serves as a useful antidote to unrealistic expectations in the meantime. It also makes victory over them all the sweeter when it happens.

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

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So.... how many receptions does this Hernandez kid have this year? What? Zero? Hmmmm... Guess he is unproven in 2009.

The biggest problem lil' Urbie is going to have is making out the starting lineup. He won't know who is available until he reads the paper to see how many Gatas were arrested the night before.

VolFanNC writes:

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D should be better especially on 3rd and long. the CB's are not giving cushions anymore. Also, they have kept some of the starters off the field after the beginning to give others reps and to heal.

McCoy, Berry, Walker, Vinson, Evans, etc.. have played limited snaps....which has been good to give Hughes, Edwards, etc.. experience.

Anyway, we go 2-3 deep in talent in all positions on D now. Much better than the O.

Biggest concern is actually pass blocking....

kman29 writes:

in response to NobodyCares:

So.... how many receptions does this Hernandez kid have this year? What? Zero? Hmmmm... Guess he is unproven in 2009.

The biggest problem lil' Urbie is going to have is making out the starting lineup. He won't know who is available until he reads the paper to see how many Gatas were arrested the night before.

So by that logic I guess Eric Berry is unproven for 2009? He hasnt done anything for this season, yet that doesn't stop you from talking him up. But I guess that is different right? As for the starting lineup. No need to worry, its pretty set..

Offense: *returning starter

*QB- Tebow (SR)
*RB- Demps (SO)
*WR- Cooper (SR)
WR- Thompson (SO)
WR- Moore (SR)
*TE- Hernandez (JR)
LT- Patchan (SO)
*LG- Johnson (SR)
*C- Pouncey (JR)
*RG- Pouncey (JR)
*RT- Gilbert (JR)

Defense:

*DE- Cunningham (SR)
DT- Howard (SO)
*DT- Marsh (JR)
*DE- Dunlap (JR)
LB- Jones (JR)
*MLB-Spikes (SR)
*LB- Stamper (SR)
*CB- Haden (JR)
*CB- Jenkins (SO)
*FS- Black (JR)
*SS- Wright (JR)

Then you have a list of guys on the bench who would start for almost any SEC team...

QB- Brantley (SO)
RB- Rainey (SO)
RB/WR-B. James (SR)
RB- Moody (JR)
LG- J.Wilson (SO)

DE- Trattou (JR)
DT- Hunter (FR)
DT- T.Sanders (JR)
LB- Doe (SR)
LB- Bostic (FR)
CB- J.Brown (SO)
FS- Munroe (SR)
SS- Hill (SO)
FS- Finley (SO)

hmmm so maybe your right, it will be difficult making the starting lineup out every week for Meyer because the talent level of the backups is so ridiculous. Good call!

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to kman29:

So by that logic I guess Eric Berry is unproven for 2009? He hasnt done anything for this season, yet that doesn't stop you from talking him up. But I guess that is different right? As for the starting lineup. No need to worry, its pretty set..

Offense: *returning starter

*QB- Tebow (SR)
*RB- Demps (SO)
*WR- Cooper (SR)
WR- Thompson (SO)
WR- Moore (SR)
*TE- Hernandez (JR)
LT- Patchan (SO)
*LG- Johnson (SR)
*C- Pouncey (JR)
*RG- Pouncey (JR)
*RT- Gilbert (JR)

Defense:

*DE- Cunningham (SR)
DT- Howard (SO)
*DT- Marsh (JR)
*DE- Dunlap (JR)
LB- Jones (JR)
*MLB-Spikes (SR)
*LB- Stamper (SR)
*CB- Haden (JR)
*CB- Jenkins (SO)
*FS- Black (JR)
*SS- Wright (JR)

Then you have a list of guys on the bench who would start for almost any SEC team...

QB- Brantley (SO)
RB- Rainey (SO)
RB/WR-B. James (SR)
RB- Moody (JR)
LG- J.Wilson (SO)

DE- Trattou (JR)
DT- Hunter (FR)
DT- T.Sanders (JR)
LB- Doe (SR)
LB- Bostic (FR)
CB- J.Brown (SO)
FS- Munroe (SR)
SS- Hill (SO)
FS- Finley (SO)

hmmm so maybe your right, it will be difficult making the starting lineup out every week for Meyer because the talent level of the backups is so ridiculous. Good call!

Yes, in the past Eric Berry has been a great player. But YOU have never seen ME claim that he will be great this year! One of the beauties about college football, every year is a new year and no one knows what is going to happen!

That is particularly important to UT this year -- a new coaching staff, a new philosophy, got rid of some discontents, a new work ethic, and a new attitude. We find that exciting and encouraging! But, you feel free to go ahead and keep talking about the past couple of years if you wish.

My point remains. As of now, every team is equal and we are all undefeated.

Now, by sharing with us our Gata roster, what was your point? I guess once you start talking about your lil' Gatas, you just can't stop yourself! Sad, truly sad.

Be well lil' gata fella'.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to kman29:

So by that logic I guess Eric Berry is unproven for 2009? He hasnt done anything for this season, yet that doesn't stop you from talking him up. But I guess that is different right? As for the starting lineup. No need to worry, its pretty set..

Offense: *returning starter

*QB- Tebow (SR)
*RB- Demps (SO)
*WR- Cooper (SR)
WR- Thompson (SO)
WR- Moore (SR)
*TE- Hernandez (JR)
LT- Patchan (SO)
*LG- Johnson (SR)
*C- Pouncey (JR)
*RG- Pouncey (JR)
*RT- Gilbert (JR)

Defense:

*DE- Cunningham (SR)
DT- Howard (SO)
*DT- Marsh (JR)
*DE- Dunlap (JR)
LB- Jones (JR)
*MLB-Spikes (SR)
*LB- Stamper (SR)
*CB- Haden (JR)
*CB- Jenkins (SO)
*FS- Black (JR)
*SS- Wright (JR)

Then you have a list of guys on the bench who would start for almost any SEC team...

QB- Brantley (SO)
RB- Rainey (SO)
RB/WR-B. James (SR)
RB- Moody (JR)
LG- J.Wilson (SO)

DE- Trattou (JR)
DT- Hunter (FR)
DT- T.Sanders (JR)
LB- Doe (SR)
LB- Bostic (FR)
CB- J.Brown (SO)
FS- Munroe (SR)
SS- Hill (SO)
FS- Finley (SO)

hmmm so maybe your right, it will be difficult making the starting lineup out every week for Meyer because the talent level of the backups is so ridiculous. Good call!

The 2009 Gators are the best team in the history of football! They will go undefeated and unscored on, will win the national championship, then will beat the New England Patriots and Indy Colts on the way to winning the Super Bowl

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

The 2009 Gators are the best team in the history of football! They will go undefeated and unscored on, will win the national championship, then will beat the New England Patriots and Indy Colts on the way to winning the Super Bowl

Yup, the rest of the SEC might as well just find something else to do on Saturday's. I'm sure right now that Trimmin' Tim & Friends are not even bothering to practice. Probably spending time working on turning water into wine, walking across the waves, and other more majestic activities rather than playing football.

UF will probably send the IFC champs out to play the SEC teams. Don't want the greatest players on the greatest team in the universe to be detracted from their sacred duties.

VOLfanstuckinFL writes:

I just cant wait to see the Kiffins in action this year. I have been in Tampa the last couple of years and went to Bucs games just to watch that defense in person. Cant wait to see what happens. GBO!!!

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

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I agree! Going into Gainesville 2-0 is vital.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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Never heard of any of them.... Florida used to have a great recevier in Percy Harvin but he went to the NFL. Last time I checked usually only two maximum three receivers receive the bulk of receptions not five receiers. Is Florida running a new quintuplet package instead of the spread?

balloonman writes:

there you go again adams......shoot fulmer for the eight hundred and thirty third time!.....feel better now small guy?.....leave the comedy to larry the cable guy.....nobody wamts there laughs from john the pencil dude!

DC_Vol writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

The 2009 Gators are the best team in the history of football! They will go undefeated and unscored on, will win the national championship, then will beat the New England Patriots and Indy Colts on the way to winning the Super Bowl

Great post! These Florida fans are so arrogant they already are expecting a perfect season. That is not going to happen in the SEC. Everyone will be gunning for them. Without a proven wideout, like Percy Harvin, Florida will not dominate like last year. Third down and long will be a challenge for them this year.

gnm53108 writes:

Per adams...The Vols are gonna s$ck and its all because of Phillip Fulmer....and the gators are great.

That pretty much covers every article you have written since 2005.

We got it.

kman29 writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Never heard of any of them.... Florida used to have a great recevier in Percy Harvin but he went to the NFL. Last time I checked usually only two maximum three receivers receive the bulk of receptions not five receiers. Is Florida running a new quintuplet package instead of the spread?

Never heard of any of them huh? Maybe you should start watching college football then.

Aaron Hernandez- 1st team All SEC

Riley Cooper- Game winning TD catch in SEC championship game. Or to better help your memory, the guy who burned Eric Berry for a TD in 2007

David Nelson- Game winning TD in national championship game.

Deonte Thompson- 2007 5 star WR prospect who started making an impact last year as a redshirt freshman.

Andre Debose- 2009 5 star WR prospect

As for what Florida runs...umm again, maybe pay attention to college football sometime and you will know what the spread is. The spread offense is running a offensive set of 4 and 5 WRs. So a "new quintuplet package"? not exactly, its the same "quad and quintuplet packages" a.k.a a spread offense that UF has always run.

I know seeing Florida in a 5 WR set with an empty backfield is something really unusual for some. LOL! Wow!

DC_Vol writes:

in response to kman29:

Never heard of any of them huh? Maybe you should start watching college football then.

Aaron Hernandez- 1st team All SEC

Riley Cooper- Game winning TD catch in SEC championship game. Or to better help your memory, the guy who burned Eric Berry for a TD in 2007

David Nelson- Game winning TD in national championship game.

Deonte Thompson- 2007 5 star WR prospect who started making an impact last year as a redshirt freshman.

Andre Debose- 2009 5 star WR prospect

As for what Florida runs...umm again, maybe pay attention to college football sometime and you will know what the spread is. The spread offense is running a offensive set of 4 and 5 WRs. So a "new quintuplet package"? not exactly, its the same "quad and quintuplet packages" a.k.a a spread offense that UF has always run.

I know seeing Florida in a 5 WR set with an empty backfield is something really unusual for some. LOL! Wow!

Calm down!!! You are out of control yet again. Have you ever heard of a little sarcasm? Of course, I have heard of your top three receivers. It is called sarcasm. Like you have never used any in your posts. Pay attention!

You like to twist the stick to all of us Vol Fans, I thought I would show you what it feels like. Not so fun is it. The same derisive comments we have to hear from you about Eric Berry or Monte Kiffin. Just wanted to see you react and get out of control.

The spread is generally run out of a three or four wide receiver sets as you already know. Don't act/pretend like Florida typically run five wide-outs. Geez!

I was just twisting the stick, as you like to say on many occassion, about your wide-outs. Clearly you didn't like it maybe it will make you change your ways.

kman29 writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Great post! These Florida fans are so arrogant they already are expecting a perfect season. That is not going to happen in the SEC. Everyone will be gunning for them. Without a proven wideout, like Percy Harvin, Florida will not dominate like last year. Third down and long will be a challenge for them this year.

Yeah poor 'ol Florida guess they will just have to manage some kind of offense with the following stats returning from last year:

Passing:
2,750 yards 31 TDs

Rushing:
2,306 yards 26 TDs

Receiving:
1,432 yards 16 TDs

I certainly hope that maybe with guys like Cooper, Thompson, Hernandez, Nelson, James, Demps, Rainey ect..guys who have been in the battles and won a title..i certainly hope they can manage some 3rd and longs when they come up. Oh but wait, they are unproven or something right? LOL!

VolunteerLifer writes:

I thought the Adams column was a real yawner. I don't understand why all this chatter about it.

kman29 writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Calm down!!! You are out of control yet again. Have you ever heard of a little sarcasm? Of course, I have heard of your top three receivers. It is called sarcasm. Like you have never used any in your posts. Pay attention!

You like to twist the stick to all of us Vol Fans, I thought I would show you what it feels like. Not so fun is it. The same derisive comments we have to hear from you about Eric Berry or Monte Kiffin. Just wanted to see you react and get out of control.

The spread is generally run out of a three or four wide receiver sets as you already know. Don't act/pretend like Florida typically run five wide-outs. Geez!

I was just twisting the stick, as you like to say on many occassion, about your wide-outs. Clearly you didn't like it maybe it will make you change your ways.

come on now man! Dont even try to play that off as sarcasim. You clearly wrote,

"Is Florida running some kind of new quintuplet package or something? I thought they ran the spread."

Sorry you can try to back track on that all you want and play it off as sarcasim, but we all know it wasnt initially intended for that until you were called out and maybe you re-read what you wrote.

As for Florida running out of WR sets. Um yeah it was quite common to see UF line up with Harvin, Murphy, Cooper, Nelson and Hernandez all spread out. Now in that formation they would sometimes motion Harvin back into the backfield, but sometimes just run out of that formation. (Have we forgotten the Tebow invention of the QB play action pass out of an empty backfield?) Thats a normal UF play.

Nice try though :)

DC_Vol writes:

in response to kman29:

come on now man! Dont even try to play that off as sarcasim. You clearly wrote,

"Is Florida running some kind of new quintuplet package or something? I thought they ran the spread."

Sorry you can try to back track on that all you want and play it off as sarcasim, but we all know it wasnt initially intended for that until you were called out and maybe you re-read what you wrote.

As for Florida running out of WR sets. Um yeah it was quite common to see UF line up with Harvin, Murphy, Cooper, Nelson and Hernandez all spread out. Now in that formation they would sometimes motion Harvin back into the backfield, but sometimes just run out of that formation. (Have we forgotten the Tebow invention of the QB play action pass out of an empty backfield?) Thats a normal UF play.

Nice try though :)

Hey Kman,

I inserted the spots where I am being sarcastic, so you can follow along.

Yeah I was serious you got me. (sarcasm) Boy you are so smart. (sarcasm) How did you deduct that I was serious and not joking about the infamous quintuplet package. (sarcasm) I mean the quintuplet package is prevelant and apparantley everyone is running it. (sarcasm) My mistake you are right, I really thought Florida had changed from the spread to the infamous quintuplet package (sarcasm). You either have trouble with sarcasm and humor or you aren't very bright. I think its a little of all three. (no sarcasm)

kman29 writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Hey Kman,

I inserted the spots where I am being sarcastic, so you can follow along.

Yeah I was serious you got me. (sarcasm) Boy you are so smart. (sarcasm) How did you deduct that I was serious and not joking about the infamous quintuplet package. (sarcasm) I mean the quintuplet package is prevelant and apparantley everyone is running it. (sarcasm) My mistake you are right, I really thought Florida had changed from the spread to the infamous quintuplet package (sarcasm). You either have trouble with sarcasm and humor or you aren't very bright. I think its a little of all three. (no sarcasm)

you can try and spin it any way you like. We all know after reading the initial post you werent intending any sarcasim....

<<<Never heard of any of them.... Florida used to have a great recevier in Percy Harvin but he went to the NFL. Last time I checked usually only two maximum three receivers receive the bulk of receptions not five receiers. Is Florida running a new quintuplet package instead of the spread?>>>>

Just admit it, its alright. You typed a post and didn't re-read it before posting it. Its cool, we all type dumb things from time to time. Just man up and take it.

JacksonvilleVol writes:

/\ Pointless Argument.

Go Vols! Never Pointless.
Back the team, the coach, and Rocky Top all year long. If they lose, well, we're rebuilding. If they win, WHOO Party on the Strip!

Because THAT is what the Gators will never have... OUR GAMEDAY. We have one of the best, if not the best in the nation. And I can't wait because in a few weeks I get to leave Jacksonville FL (aka GATOR HELL) and get to come up and see the UT UGA game!

Great article, and once again, pointless argument.

DC_Vol writes:

What are you twelve? Am I dealing with someone in grade school? Lets go over this point point so you can follow: (sarcasm)

Here is my post:

Never heard of any of them.... (Sarcasm/joke) The ... symbolizes sarcasm and you have read my posts where I have referenced your receivers before. Stop playing dumb.

Florida used to have a great recever in Percy Harvin but he went to the NFL. (True statement)

Last time I checked usually only two maximum three receivers receive the bulk of receptions not five receivers. (True statement see below - this is generally true for college, NFL, and high school). Not enough footballs to go around.

Is Florida running a new quintuplet package instead of the spread? (Sarcasm/Joke) Last time I checked there is no such thing as the quintuplet package thats what makes it funny Kman.

I really don't see an error in anything I posted. By the way, I know you are just twisting the stick and playing obtuse. No ones buying. If you really had this much trouble comprehending a written post you must have a horrible time following/participating in day to day conversations.

Even the great Florida all world team had only three main receivers in 2008 received the bulk of their carries. See the drop off in receptions from the first three to the last five.

Receiving Statistics
NAME REC YDS YPR LONG TD
Louis Murphy 38 655 17.2 48 (TD) 7
Percy Harvin 40 644 16.1 70 (TD) 7
Aaron Hernandez 34 381 11.2 38 5

Deonte Thompson 18 269 14.9 46 (TD) 3
Riley Cooper 18 261 14.5 51 3

polymer writes:

The Brandon James/Philip Fulmer comment is a classic.

TunnelHillVol writes:

in response to NobodyCares:

Yes, in the past Eric Berry has been a great player. But YOU have never seen ME claim that he will be great this year! One of the beauties about college football, every year is a new year and no one knows what is going to happen!

That is particularly important to UT this year -- a new coaching staff, a new philosophy, got rid of some discontents, a new work ethic, and a new attitude. We find that exciting and encouraging! But, you feel free to go ahead and keep talking about the past couple of years if you wish.

My point remains. As of now, every team is equal and we are all undefeated.

Now, by sharing with us our Gata roster, what was your point? I guess once you start talking about your lil' Gatas, you just can't stop yourself! Sad, truly sad.

Be well lil' gata fella'.

Well said my man!,I noticed 2 names missing from that roster,Nukeese Richardson and Marsalis Teague
Ha !

madmax22 writes:

in response to kman29:

Yeah poor 'ol Florida guess they will just have to manage some kind of offense with the following stats returning from last year:

Passing:
2,750 yards 31 TDs

Rushing:
2,306 yards 26 TDs

Receiving:
1,432 yards 16 TDs

I certainly hope that maybe with guys like Cooper, Thompson, Hernandez, Nelson, James, Demps, Rainey ect..guys who have been in the battles and won a title..i certainly hope they can manage some 3rd and longs when they come up. Oh but wait, they are unproven or something right? LOL!

Since you seem to be so much into last years stats:
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
UT 16 UF 16
TOTAL NET YARDS
UT 258 UF 243
Average Gain
UT 4.4 UF 4.5

KINGKONG writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie:

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never heard of them and rember high school stats dont count

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

The 2009 Gators are the best team in the history of football! They will go undefeated and unscored on, will win the national championship, then will beat the New England Patriots and Indy Colts on the way to winning the Super Bowl

By the way, just for the sake of trivia, who was the last team to go unbeaten, untied and unscored on?
Anyone?
Just a hint, it was NOT Florida,

DC_Vol writes:

in response to madmax22:

Since you seem to be so much into last years stats:
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS
UT 16 UF 16
TOTAL NET YARDS
UT 258 UF 243
Average Gain
UT 4.4 UF 4.5

Great post!!! The stats show we are closing than they think. We are going to the swamp which is a difficult situation, but the difference this year, is we are going there to win. In years past it was a foregone conclusion that we would lose. Our players believe and I belive we have a chance to win!!! Go Vols!!!

KINGKONG writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

What are you twelve? Am I dealing with someone in grade school? Lets go over this point point so you can follow: (sarcasm)

Here is my post:

Never heard of any of them.... (Sarcasm/joke) The ... symbolizes sarcasm and you have read my posts where I have referenced your receivers before. Stop playing dumb.

Florida used to have a great recever in Percy Harvin but he went to the NFL. (True statement)

Last time I checked usually only two maximum three receivers receive the bulk of receptions not five receivers. (True statement see below - this is generally true for college, NFL, and high school). Not enough footballs to go around.

Is Florida running a new quintuplet package instead of the spread? (Sarcasm/Joke) Last time I checked there is no such thing as the quintuplet package thats what makes it funny Kman.

I really don't see an error in anything I posted. By the way, I know you are just twisting the stick and playing obtuse. No ones buying. If you really had this much trouble comprehending a written post you must have a horrible time following/participating in day to day conversations.

Even the great Florida all world team had only three main receivers in 2008 received the bulk of their carries. See the drop off in receptions from the first three to the last five.

Receiving Statistics
NAME REC YDS YPR LONG TD
Louis Murphy 38 655 17.2 48 (TD) 7
Percy Harvin 40 644 16.1 70 (TD) 7
Aaron Hernandez 34 381 11.2 38 5

Deonte Thompson 18 269 14.9 46 (TD) 3
Riley Cooper 18 261 14.5 51 3

lets keep it real tebow get hurts then those numbers mean nothing numbers only mean something on paper not on the feild .r u a true football fan or a couch potatoe that wacthes sportscenter.then have the nerve to act like u know everything about football u know nothing!!!!

DC_Vol writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

lets keep it real tebow get hurts then those numbers mean nothing numbers only mean something on paper not on the feild .r u a true football fan or a couch potatoe that wacthes sportscenter.then have the nerve to act like u know everything about football u know nothing!!!!

Read the post above your post. I am Vol fan. I think you mistunderstand, I was dealing with Kman a Florida fan with that post. No worries!!! Go Vols!!!

footballtime writes:

Adams the only handicap the vols ever have is little men like yourself trying to write about the athelets who play the sport..please resign

Bufforange00 writes:

UF fans act like winning NC is Florida's godgiven right or something. UF was lucky they won when they did-in 06 they backed their way in, in '08 Texas and TTU choked. They will NOT go undefeated. They will lose to someone, and will whine and ask for replay/recount etc. Will be funny to see. I just don't know what we'll do without Urby and Timmy at the BCS title game.

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