UT to add pad to wall after Paige gets hurt

Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton said there are plans in place to add a protective pad to the wall at Neyland Stadium in which receiver Ahmad Paige crashed into Friday night during practice.

Hamilton said he expects the padding to be in place by the start of the 2009 season.

“We recognize that there is a tight space there,” Hamilton said.

Paige was released from UT Medical Center late Friday night following a scary incident in which the sophomore was immobilized and transported to the hospital by ambulance, prompting the Vols to end practice early.

Paige was attempting to catch a fade route thrown into the corner of the end zone when he ran into the wall. There were concerns that Paige had neck injuries.

“Ahmad Paige was transported to UT Hospital for precautionary studies,” trainer Jason McVeigh said in a statement. “All tests returned normal; He was released from the hospital Friday evening and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Hamilton said the stadium renovation to the area completed last year added only a brick facade to the already tight southeast corner of the end zone. The wall was previously concrete and covered by a protective pad before the brick addition. The area was not covered by a protective pad last season.

Hamilton said UT will add a pad that matches the color of the brick.

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MikeInTN writes:

Looks like it takes someone getting hurt to do the right thing!

ktm589 writes:

Glad to hear he is ok!!!

dvhill100 writes:

A day late and a dollar short, but better late than never.

hotrodvol writes:

They need to cut out sections of the wall and replace it with the padding. Just laying padding over the brick will make it tighter.

TD_4_UT writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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Hey UT FAN, heard any news on Brown this morning? You Sir are a source!

HtownVol writes:

Sounds like they need to remove the whole wall.

gohawks1 writes:

Good news that Paige is ok.

hotrodvol writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

Hey UT FAN, heard any news on Brown this morning? You Sir are a source!

Hey TD, I'm not a sourse but Brown was at practice last night and crowd was chanting his name. Let me tell ya, he liked it!

Madkels writes:

Make the padding with life size pictures of UT's defensive backs so opposing QB's will see more defenders in the corners!

TD_4_UT writes:

It's kinda like adding a street light after someone get's killed. At least they're going to do something about it.

HallowedHill writes:

in response to Madkels:

Make the padding with life size pictures of UT's defensive backs so opposing QB's will see more defenders in the corners!

ROFL - sir, you are brilliant!! I vote for pictures of Eric Berry lowering his shoulder.

VOLINCALI writes:

When coach tells you to run through a brick wall, you just do it.

Get well Ahmad, just remember some things are a figure of speech.

pms151 writes:

Gee, ya think Mikey? Make sure it looks like brick to the opponents though, not just to your puppet masters.

tennesseebee writes:

in response to Madkels:

Make the padding with life size pictures of UT's defensive backs so opposing QB's will see more defenders in the corners!

That would be cool idea, but OUR qb's would probably think they had an open man, thus giving the wall more receptions than our receivers.

4EST writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

That would be cool idea, but OUR qb's would probably think they had an open man, thus giving the wall more receptions than our receivers.

This already occured with our qb's last year.

givehim6 writes:

I wonder which QB throw that pass? Was it meant to be that far off target?

Vol43 writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Man! If that doesn't put a charge in your soul!!!!Unbelievable! Everyday it gets better and better. GO VOLUNTEERS. Got a feeling the o/w game will be packed.

BigT_Chief writes:

in response to givehim6:

I wonder which QB throw that pass? Was it meant to be that far off target?

I believe I read that it was a fade route pass from JC.

belayvol writes:

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pdhuff#552644 writes:

I feel better now knowing that the pad will match the brick.

jeremy78tn writes:

in response to hotrodvol:

Hey TD, I'm not a sourse but Brown was at practice last night and crowd was chanting his name. Let me tell ya, he liked it!

Yeah the crowd was chanting Marlon Brown's name at the basketball game he attended and he was obviously loving it. That turned out well.

Doubles writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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I'm not sure if this will help us or hurt us, but yesterday Mike Bellotti resigned as Oregon's head coach. Bellotti will become Oregon's AD in July. Chip Kelly, the Duck's Offensive Coordinator, had already been named as Bellotti's successor.
Interesting timing for Bellotti to be stepping down at the beginning of spring practice. There is no word so far as to what will happen with any of Oregon's commitments, but it makes one wonder how this will affect Brown's decision on Monday. Will he ditch the Ducks because he wanted Bellotti to coach him or will he sign with Kelly because he likes an offensive coordinator who has made promises as his head coach? Countdown to Monday's Press Conference.

panavol writes:

in response to givehim6:

I wonder which QB throw that pass? Was it meant to be that far off target?

The pass was a fade route thrown by Crompton!

LargeOrange writes:

Hey Mike, just get a couple of dozen fat heads of Eric Berry and spread them around all 4 corners of the end zone over the pads.

givehim6 writes:

in response to BigT_Chief:

I believe I read that it was a fade route pass from JC.

It was a fade route to the end zone, but the QB was not identified. I just thought the pass must have been thrown off target, and Page my have been runing it down.

TD_4_UT writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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I'm hanging on every word, UT FAN! And watching every post! Hope you have more news in the near future, you were right on with Oku!

wyomingvol writes:

Hamilton said he expects the padding to be in place by the start of the 2009 season.

Great, lets lose a couple of more players in stadium practice prior to, then shore it up for the other teams players...

Thinking forward by walking backwards...

TD_4_UT writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Thanks for the reply, and the link!

ChiefOrangeSkin writes:

Chief likes pads. When other team see Monte coming thru T first game, they will wish they had pads on butt.

elizabethtonvol72 writes:

Why??? Why the heck would you not remove the wall? Now it's just gonna be a softer brick wall. Does anybody know if it is a load bearing wall, or is it just for looks?

utvolz#637682 writes:

in response to Vol43:

Man! If that doesn't put a charge in your soul!!!!Unbelievable! Everyday it gets better and better. GO VOLUNTEERS. Got a feeling the o/w game will be packed.

Isn't the O&W Game going to be limited to 10k due to west side construction at Neyland? I already have my ticket and will be there!

NorthwestVol writes:

“We recognize that there is a tight space there,” Hamilton said.

Terrible. They realize there is a problem and "plan" to put up a pad. We Vol fans like to think UT is a first class organization. Not likely when they don't take immediate action on a known problem that could result in risk of personal injury.

SEAL_9821 writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Well said! I felt the same energy as well last night. I had cold chills when Monte Kiffin ran out on the field

tums writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

That would be cool idea, but OUR qb's would probably think they had an open man, thus giving the wall more receptions than our receivers.

The first idea was funny, yours is just true.

smokey90 writes:

I am glad they spent the money for the brick behind the padding. It just good to know it is there.

boro_vol writes:

Why will it take 6 months to attach padding on the wall? I'm so glad Paige will be okay, but we dodged a bullet with this. Hamilton, it's the safety of our players that's at stake. Please don't delay because you want to install some custom ordered brick pattern that that will take several weeks, maybe months, to fabricate and install.

BillVol writes:

Oh, but we might lose 15 or 20 seats if we cut out the corners. This is not a good business decision!!!

Orangeblood13 writes:

did Crompton throw it in the 3rd row?

no wait that was Ainge's forte

atleast it was in the endzone, good start

dvhill100 writes:

I have read from several fans who were there Crompton struggled. How did Coleman do?

Orangeblood13 writes:

not sure, but did hear that it was a feel good practice, and both QB's did ok, not great but ok. Gona be some growin pains early, but I beat BJ will overtake due to pressure prob.

QDog writes:

Duh !!!

jmsbolt writes:

Put an orange pad there!!!

bluetick writes:

in response to jeremy78tn:

Yeah the crowd was chanting Marlon Brown's name at the basketball game he attended and he was obviously loving it. That turned out well.

LOL. Funny and true.

bluetick writes:

I'm sure BB wasn't still fasting while in KTown. He ate up that steak and lobster.

silicon28 writes:

OK, here's the obvious question: Why were brick walls placed that close to a football field in the first place? They didn't make sense the first time I came back to school and saw them and make less sense now. Seems pretty stupid.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

No wall is safe when #8 is under center.

Ringleader writes:

in response to boro_vol:

Why will it take 6 months to attach padding on the wall? I'm so glad Paige will be okay, but we dodged a bullet with this. Hamilton, it's the safety of our players that's at stake. Please don't delay because you want to install some custom ordered brick pattern that that will take several weeks, maybe months, to fabricate and install.

Well, the engineer is from Auburn, the Architect from Kentucky, the Contractor from South Carolina, and the guy importing the padding is from Georgia, so it takes a little time.

bugsme writes:

What if the UT Art department students painted the padding to look like the bricks? Quite a novel idea don't you think?

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to Ringleader:

Well, the engineer is from Auburn, the Architect from Kentucky, the Contractor from South Carolina, and the guy importing the padding is from Georgia, so it takes a little time.

Actually, I think a South Carolina grad will just be pumping the gas for the contractor.

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