McCoy moving to strongside for spring

Rico McCoy started Tennessee spring football practice on Tuesday at strongside linebacker (SAM) after having played weakside for most of his career.

Linebacker coach Lance Thompson said the move will allow McCoy more ability to make plays.

“The SAM is a guy that you can bring off the edge and make some things happen, create some situations where he’s one-on-one with running backs,” Thompson said. “More than anything, he’s just the guy (at linebacker) who had the most experience, really the only guy to have any experience.”

Former Farragut standout Nick Reveiz got the opening nod at middle linebacker in spring practice. LaMarcus Thompson has gotten the initial chance at weakside.

Despite a lack of experience, coach Thompson said he’s pleased with his unit’s athletic ability.

“We’ve got guys that can run,” Thompson said. “They’re very good in the short area (with) change of direction and that sort of stuff.”

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RoyaltyVol writes:

Childhood photo of TheTideRolls987

http://media.photobucket.com/image/al...

BigVolFaninSC writes:

Coach 'em up and get 'em ready! I'm going through football withdrawals already! Start the countdown clock for FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!

HtownVol writes:

Good move. But I think Reveiz will get beat out. We have a lot of talent at LB. And Reveiz was not too impressive.

johnsoncityvol writes:

It's spring football time in Tennessee!

Jillelumpkins writes:

man, i was really wanting to go to the practice this friday, but my basketvols are playing. phooey!!

DANVOL1 writes:

FOOTBALL PRACTICE OR BBALL GAME??? DECISIONS, DECISIONS...

GerryOP writes:

179 -- Fear The Kiffin...

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

"Football is played in pads"-Phil Fulmer

hoosier_vol_fan writes:

in response to Indianavol:

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Wow, two Vol fans from Indiana. You've been on this site longer than I have so maybe I should change my username.

101st_AIRBORNE_VOL (Inactive) writes:

in response to Orange_Man:

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Too true...

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

in response to hoosier_vol_fan:

Wow, two Vol fans from Indiana. You've been on this site longer than I have so maybe I should change my username.

you should probably just move states.

DANVOL1 writes:

in response to Orange_Man:

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YOUR FORGOT B!TCH IS BACK

dvhill100 writes:

It's going to be interesting to see all the moves as the coaches try to find players and put them in the right position to contribute. I like the physical spring promised by LK, though we are thin enough an injury to the wrong player could be catastrophic. Oh well, that's why LK and staff get paid the big bucks to make those decisions.

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to Jillelumpkins:

man, i was really wanting to go to the practice this friday, but my basketvols are playing. phooey!!

Please note the respect I gave you today when I posted first but didn't say first. Your presence has made a difference in here *L*

dvhill100 writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

My childhood photo!

http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k20...

Funny!!!!!

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Funny!!!!!

I only wish I could have found a picture with a bama helmet *L*

ROCKYTOP10ECVOL writes:

McCoy @ SAM, Donald @ WILL & BIG G. Williams @ MIKE. Now that's a Linebacking Corps. Secondary will be Solid at worst, Fantastic at best. D_Line could be our Achilies. Thin and unproven up front gets you beat in the SEC.

golfballs03 writes:

What about G Williams

dvhill100 writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

I only wish I could have found a picture with a bama helmet *L*

Yep. You need the other helmet and a twin.

bluetick writes:

in response to HtownVol:

Good move. But I think Reveiz will get beat out. We have a lot of talent at LB. And Reveiz was not too impressive.

Yea I agree with you. Too much talent at the LB position, but I guess this is where things will start out. I'm anxious to see Rico get the opportunity to hit the QB though. WHEN he hits, he hits like a freight train.

hotrodvol writes:

in response to ROCKYTOP10ECVOL:

McCoy @ SAM, Donald @ WILL & BIG G. Williams @ MIKE. Now that's a Linebacking Corps. Secondary will be Solid at worst, Fantastic at best. D_Line could be our Achilies. Thin and unproven up front gets you beat in the SEC.

Rocky it would be great if LBs work out this way, then the freshmen could get eased into the rotation. DEs should be fine and G Williams may end up back here again, but DT has one starter back and three or four young guys for the other spot and depth. Of course the new strenth coach should help these positions, not to mention M. Kiffin will make it work some how some way.

RoyaltyVol writes:

Here is a good article on Monte Kiffin posted on ESPN today.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-5-17...

TNfaninMS writes:

Gatorzz, DC Dynasty's #1 Fan!!! Gotta love them Gator girls!
http://s89.photobucket.com/albums/k20...

thevoice writes:

in response to DANVOL1:

FOOTBALL PRACTICE OR BBALL GAME??? DECISIONS, DECISIONS...

I'm just happy there's a legitimate decision to have to make. It's been too long. I love these kind of decisions!

Ironcity writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Here is a good article on Monte Kiffin posted on ESPN today.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-5-17...

Thanks RoyaltyVol, thats a nice article.

RoyaltyVol writes:

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RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to VolunteerFear:

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Here is my take on it!

Career Paths For Football Players In The SEC:

*Tennessee- NFL
*South Carolina- Gas Station Attendants
*Vanderbilt- Hospital Janitors
*Kentucky- Beer/Liquor Factory Workers
*LSU- Cooks at Popeyes Fried Chicken
*Georgia- Insurance Salesman
*Ole Miss- Steamboat Vending
*Miss State- Unemployed
*Arkansas- Slop Engineer
*Alabama- Manure Engineer
*Auburn- Local Politician
*Florida- Hot Air Balloon Salesman

ctownvol writes:

in response to WorkinLikeHeck:

"Football is played in pads"-Phil Fulmer

"Gimme a dozen glazed, a couple of bearclaws, and three chocolate covered"-Phil Fulmer

ctownvol writes:

in response to ctownvol:

"Gimme a dozen glazed, a couple of bearclaws, and three chocolate covered"-Phil Fulmer

Sorry. I couldn't resist. It was just there waiting to be said and nobody had jumped on it yet.

ctownvol writes:

in response to WorkinLikeHeck:

"Football is played in pads"-Phil Fulmer

"With green jerseys covering them"

spivol writes:

Wow, how surprising, one of our QB's tripped over his own feet during a drill. Come on guys, pull it together. You are by-God Vol football players. Time to step it up. We are all counting on you, or at least one of you. IMO it will be Coleman. He made the most of his few opportunities and has the best arm. But who knows? I wouldn't have given a wooden nickel for Ainge after his Junior year. Very similar to Crompton's struggles. You have to beleive it was the Clawfense. Don't you? Please, please tell me that was the case. Anyone? Can I put away my noose yet? Can Oku pass at all? Do we need to go back to the single wing? So many questions, so few meaningful answers this time of year. Waiting til Fall is absolutely going to kill me.

ctownvol writes:

in response to WorkinLikeHeck:

"Football is played in pads"-Phil Fulmer

"I never lost to Kentucky"-Phil Fulmer

ctownvol writes:

"Vickie. Will you please pass the jelly"-Phil Fulmer

ctownvol writes:

"Pardon me. Do you have any grey pupon?"-Phil Fulmer

ctownvol writes:

"Punt block drills? Huh?"-Phil Fulmer

RockinTop writes:

I hear ya SpiVol.....I tell you, after watching the press conference (even though the CBS garb made me vomit a little in my mouth)....I am fired up! I think there is a great potential for our Vols to do well the first year! Time will tell....but these guys are clearly intensity freaks! A big change from the past!

Now Coach Kiffin....about that visor....

GO BIG ORANGE!

ctownvol writes:

"Subpoena? We didn't get no stinkin' subpoenas"-Phil Fulmer

ctownvol writes:

Ok. I'm done.

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to VolunteerFear:

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Agreed! I also meant to notate that though the Auburn and Alabama jobs were the same, the job description is one in the same *L*

RoyaltyVol writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Agreed! I also meant to notate that though the Auburn and Alabama jobs were the same, the job description is one in the same *L*

Typo. shb weren't the same. I had a bama moment!

Volunatic writes:

in response to HtownVol:

Good move. But I think Reveiz will get beat out. We have a lot of talent at LB. And Reveiz was not too impressive.

I wouldn't write Reveiz off-- he has a good work ethic and is utterly fearless. I loved watching him on kickoff coverage in '07 as the "Wedge Buster"-- he would usually take out 2 or 3 blockers at a time.

brush#220070 writes:

in response to LazhilUT:

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It was on the 104.5 sports talk show this A.M. in Nashville w/Howard & Wychek makin cracks about it

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Here is a good article on Monte Kiffin posted on ESPN today.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-5-17...

Great article, thanks.

Is there any hope that the KNS would fire Adams and get Chris Lowe? I'm dreaming, but it would be nice.

vol_in_bigten_land writes:

in response to LazhilUT:

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Sometimes the truth hurts!

dvhill100 writes:

Of course the kids themselves have basically just blown it off as no big deal. The media leaves that part out. Having said that, it certainly wasn't one of LK's smarter comments.

I think he will be fine. It's a combination of SEC microscope, his personality (good), and the first PR gaffe that set everyone off and now he has everyone's undivided attention. The guy can't turn on a light without comments from the press.

I am glad he can now do what he was hired to do and coach.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to RoyaltyVol:

Childhood photo of TheTideRolls987

http://media.photobucket.com/image/al...

now that was just plain wonderful.Thanks.Was this taken after the Utah game?

abnerPeabody writes:

I know it was after the Florida game but I had to say Utah.

Voluvr writes:

Ya'll are awful. lol.

BlueTickLady writes:

in response to hoosier_vol_fan:

Wow, two Vol fans from Indiana. You've been on this site longer than I have so maybe I should change my username.

Make that 3 - but live in SC now. Family is in Indiana. . .

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