Bryce Brown picks up speed despite sore hip

The game is slowing down, and Bryce Brown is getting faster.

Those facts are obviously directly related for the Tennessee running back, but it might be some improved health that is really making the difference for the true freshman.

Brown is doing all he can to speed through an anticipated learning curve, and he's looked increasingly more comfortable with his role in the Vols' offense since the season opener - and with a sore hip that's bothered him just as long.

"I go back and look at every game and I see mistakes that I made and I feel like I can do better, and that's what it's about - getting better each week, and that's what I'm looking forward to," Brown said. "(The hip) is nagging. It's a nagging injury, but it doesn't bother me too much. It's something that I've dealt with for a while and I'll continue to just try to get it back right and just hope for the best.

"I think it depends on me and how (much) I take care of it, get in there and get treatment and make sure I'm taking care of my body. That's the most important thing is getting my legs back."

They looked fresh last week against Ohio, and his legs were plenty strong enough to carry him 26 yards for a game-breaking touchdown catch on a swing screen that finally helped UT put away the Bobcats.

Brown also added 56 yards on 13 carries to complement another big game from starter Montario Hardesty as the backfield combo really started to hit its stride together. Neither back is completely healthy yet, but the Vols might become more dangerous as they balance the workload between them.

Brown can ease some of the pounding Hardesty takes as the feature back, and Hardesty can help Brown through the ups and downs as the future back.

"Learning curves, they've all had them, every one that I've coached, and they got them at different times," running backs coach Eddie Gran said. "When I coached Ronnie (Brown) and Carnell (Williams) and Rudi Johnson and Brandon Jacobs and all those guys, Deuce McAllister, they all had their times when they were ready to go, and the key to the whole thing is being selfless. It's hard to do sometimes when you come out of high school and you're the guy and the media cranks somebody up and says these guys are great, the hardest part as a coach is to bring them back down.

"This is a team sport and there's going to be opportunities and you're going to get your shot."

Brown might be ready for even more of them now. In more ways than one, he's up to speed.

High Praise: Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin lost a player he thought was already an All-American at linebacker. And even after Nick Reveiz has season ending knee surgery, Kiffin believes he still could be again.

"I did not know Nick Reveiz would be that good," Kiffin said. "I'm not just saying that because we miss him a lot. He's just a really good football player.

"This guy is a special player. I'm just telling you, this kid is going to be an All-American if we can get that knee ready. I mean, I'm not big on throwing out predictions, but he's played like an All-American linebacker, I'm just telling you. Put on the tape, tell me what he doesn't do."

Replacing Reveiz: Considering all the Reveiz did for the Vols, Kiffin didn't try to downplay the loss and the big task Savion Frazier has filling in at middle linebacker, particularly since the junior is learning so many extra responsibilities.

"(Frazier) is doing a good job," Kiffin said. "It's definitely a different deal. First off, it's a double move since he's going from the Will position to Mike and now he becomes the caller of the signals and stuff, so it's like it's just the backup Mike linebacker.

"He's had a nice week of practice, but we threw a lot at him and you couldn't pick a tougher game because of (Auburn offensive coordinator Gus) Malzahn's offense. You couldn't possibly. Nick needed to wait about the 10th or 11th game of the year to get hurt."

More Respect: First Lane Kiffin took up Auburn's case as a Top 25 caliber team. Then Monte Kiffin beat the drum for Malzahn as one of the nation's best coaches regardless of level as the Vols showed a healthy appreciation for the Tigers.

"(Malzahn) is the real deal," Monte Kiffin said. "Look what he's done there in four games. My gosh, it's unbelievable.

"You can say, 'Well, they didn't play anybody.' That's not true, last time I checked Mississippi State's defense played pretty dang good against LSU, a pretty darned good team, and West Virginia is a darn good football team. It isn't like he's just beating up the people he's supposed to beat up."

Health Nuts: The Vols didn't report any new injuries, and they still haven't made a decision regarding offensive guard Vladimir Richard or defensive end Chris Walker.

Neither practiced Thursday, and Lane Kiffin listed Richard as doubtful and said both players would be evaluated again today.

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CRFVols writes:

I can't wait to see what all this kid will do. Keep working hard Bryce.

69vol08 writes:

Gotta love Monte!

BerryFan_14 writes:

I dont see us winnin Saturday. . . Hope i'm wrong.

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

cloudodust writes:

30-5 is what Ray Nettles brought Tennessee football in his time Atop Rocky. Remember Ray and smack 'em in the mouth. Go Vols

BigOrange_Vol_2 writes:

Bryce is going to a special player in the next few years, especially if he continues to learn from Hardesty the rest of this year

mattavius writes:

Way to go Bryce . Looking forward to seeing you wear down Floridas defence next year when there are more of Lanes players on the field,and less of Ron Zooks on UF,s team. Meyer has mad himself legendary with someone elses players. Hope Lane can pick out all the good apples right out of Urban,s bucket.

smashmouth98 writes:

eddie gran is awesome. I'm glad he is on the staff. He'll continue to recruit FLA with success. Hopefully we can pull Luc outta there!!!!!!!

transplantiam writes:

I'm with you on that CRFVOL. This guy is full of talent and now, with one of the best coaching him, it's hard telling how good/great he can be. I think it's going to be very interesting next year when Oku and/or Poole will be sharing the load with him being the feature back. We have an excellent tandem this year with Montario and Bryce. If we could only have a deeper and healthy o-line in front of M & B, just think what ?might have been!
GO VOLS!!!

AceVentura writes:

We need Chris Walker to play really bad. And I think we'll probably lose this game, but I'm still happy with a 7-5 or 6-6 record. I just can't wait to see what we do next year. Best of luck boys.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to BerryFan_14:

I dont see us winnin Saturday. . . Hope i'm wrong.

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, this is a tough one to call. First, you have the pressure on the Vols and the Tigers. This is a win-able game for both teams. But, it would also be a quality program-affirming win. Trust me, Auburn feels the pressure too. So, we will see who plays best with the pressure.

Then, there is the fact that Auburn has not played a really good defense yet. I think that is a factor, but I think the fact that they bring offensive confidence and cohesion in gives them an advantage.

And, there's that UT offense and Crompton. It is well within his ability to have a breakout game. He has some ability and with enough opportunities, the odds are he will have a great game at some point. And, we have some athleticism at receiver. We just do not have precision and execution...yet. At some point, once again, that will happen.

So, this game is impossible to predict. I say that because it all boils down to who is better Saturday night. That may sound corny, but I think if these teams play 10 times, they split 5-5. Who makes more big plays. Who does not make the huge mistakes. And, who wants it more. Anything is possible. It could be close with either team winning or a blowout either way.

My guess is who whichever coach gives the best speach before the game and during half-time has an advantage. And, a little home-field noise would not hurt. I will say. Tennessee is a proud successful program. We are due.

cloudodust writes:

in response to tdvol1989:

Well, this is a tough one to call. First, you have the pressure on the Vols and the Tigers. This is a win-able game for both teams. But, it would also be a quality program-affirming win. Trust me, Auburn feels the pressure too. So, we will see who plays best with the pressure.

Then, there is the fact that Auburn has not played a really good defense yet. I think that is a factor, but I think the fact that they bring offensive confidence and cohesion in gives them an advantage.

And, there's that UT offense and Crompton. It is well within his ability to have a breakout game. He has some ability and with enough opportunities, the odds are he will have a great game at some point. And, we have some athleticism at receiver. We just do not have precision and execution...yet. At some point, once again, that will happen.

So, this game is impossible to predict. I say that because it all boils down to who is better Saturday night. That may sound corny, but I think if these teams play 10 times, they split 5-5. Who makes more big plays. Who does not make the huge mistakes. And, who wants it more. Anything is possible. It could be close with either team winning or a blowout either way.

My guess is who whichever coach gives the best speach before the game and during half-time has an advantage. And, a little home-field noise would not hurt. I will say. Tennessee is a proud successful program. We are due.

CLK gave his speech in the form of an arse chewing the other day after practice. Need he really say anymore..?

rockytopatl writes:

Speeches don't win game. It's the game plan and how it's executed. It's adjustments between possessions and at halftime. It's how players execute. Speeches last about two plays. Then it's ability and execution.

Let's hope ours are better prepared than their's. Let's hope our coaches found more to exploit than Auburn's did. Go Vols!

OldSmokey writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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You mean out of chicken poop

volpreacher writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Thanks Bama, I needed a good laugh today. Oh, I'm sorry, you were serious????? We'll see who turns out the best. When Alabama actually plays someone. I don't believe Alabama could beat virginia tech now. Yours is coming. Will lose at least 2 maybe 3 this year.

RockinTop writes:

Bryce is really something and has a great position coach of course!.....and just think....he's only going to get better!! Love this kid and his whole attitude....and love Gran too!

go big orange.

volpreacher writes:

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I guess that's the reason that Richardson was the number one back coming out of high school last year. Man, I'm sorry again, I meant Bryce. UT will beat Alabubba this year. I can't wait. LOL

usnavyvol writes:

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Good, then get ur arse on a bammer site and talk it up...nothing like a tool troll to mess up ur day. Is Alabubba still paying Mike Shula and Mike Dubose?
Be gone u retard tool!

cloudodust writes:

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Books

volpreacher writes:

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Probably the same thing that Saban does all of his recruits.

Cldvols1 writes:

With the crowd, healthy players(for the most part), and a defense AU hasn't faced yet I look for the Vols to get a much needed win. Crompton will make his usual mistakes but he'll keep em to a minimal. We're on ESPN @ night folks and we need everybody supportin! This ain't a Fulmer coached team anymore so stop with all negativity(I don't think we'll win this one). We will beat Auburn, 24-21 in a great game for Primetime! Go Big Orange!!!

lowman4vols writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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wrong....
bryce is bigger, faster, and has more agility.
he sees the field better too, although trent does have a couple things better like a QB, OL.

tennezz writes:

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Your not just dreaming, Your having a nightmare!

tennezz writes:

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Not as much as bammer paid for Memphis recruits until Fulmer spanked you and made you stop!

VolPatrick writes:

"...When I coached Ronnie (Brown) and Carnell (Williams) and Rudi Johnson and Brandon Jacobs and all those guys, Deuce McAllister..." Coach Gran, from the article.

Talk about name dropping. Think back during this time at the UT running backs...

Things are only going to get better from now on. The talent level is going to surge, and with it so will the win/loss. It is only a matter of time.

TATER5887 writes:

Outstanding Bryce. Its going to be a great game, they are undefeated thus far, but as the group consensus says, they have not played a defense this good. Go vols, lets take another one home for Lane.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to sicemsmokey:

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I think so , he said something about having to get something bigger to drive to haul his family around.

fhulpia16 writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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What the hell is a bama nut doing on our page Go home idiot

fhulpia16 writes:

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fpcoach writes:

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iron (toilet) bowl prediction

smokyredbone writes:

Bammer!

Kawryder20 writes:

DeltaCharlie: Your right there are no more Zook players on the team. i know you also realize that Tebow is the reson your offense is so good, and lets face it RIGHT NOW your offense is good. Brantley(sp?) will not be able to run the offense like Tebow. PERIOD. no more 3rd and 4's converted by timmy. Thats just the fact of the matter. Every team has their run and then get pulled back down for a few years... your time is coming so enjoy it while it lasts.

Bammer: Richardson is no doubt a great RB, but to say he is bigger, stronger... yadda yadda is just plain stupid. BB is huge, and has great vision, both have something to offer. If your going to talk football, then talk football. Just dont go around being a jerk about everything.

GO VOLS!

10volunteers98 writes:

Mr. Luc,and Mr.Riley---Come to Tennessee.They`ll get you prepared for the next level.Guaranteed!GO,VOLS!!!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

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wanh,wanh-wanh, wanh, wanh-wanh-wanh, wanh...you are absolutely right, tee hee

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Utah.

Very seldom re-run in Mulletville.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to AceVentura:

We need Chris Walker to play really bad. And I think we'll probably lose this game, but I'm still happy with a 7-5 or 6-6 record. I just can't wait to see what we do next year. Best of luck boys.

We're gonna miss both Chris AND "Big Bad Vlad" if they can't go. We need Chris to put the heat on the Auburn QB and Vlad to make some holes for Montario and Bryce. Hope the rest of the guys can pick up the slack, but the load is getting heavier.

johnlg00 writes:

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He's also the Tide's feature back, while Bryce is behind the top RB in the SEC this year. Bryce's learning curve would be steeper if he was getting most of the reps in practice and carries in the game. No question the two of them will be battling it out for best in the conference for the next several years.

TommyJack writes:

in response to TennesseeBigMan:

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You're right, Big. I have not saw those arms...

cmoore7 writes:

Bryce needs to have a large game(2 TDs). He is the future and the future begins now.

Beat Auburn

govols7462 writes:

in response to AceVentura:

We need Chris Walker to play really bad. And I think we'll probably lose this game, but I'm still happy with a 7-5 or 6-6 record. I just can't wait to see what we do next year. Best of luck boys.

if we lose this game, we probably can't get more than 6 wins, we'll probably end up with 4

man_and_dog writes:

I am sick and tired of Auburn. We have beaten this team when they are at their best before, and we will beat them at their best again. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

bigorange61 writes:

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What's funnier to me is we are four games into a twelve game regular season, and we already have rankings for best freshman? That seems idiotic.

I know this...Bryce Brown has potential to be a real special player at Tennessee.

GahLee writes:

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Time will tell, watched last nights game and just shook my heard at Darrell Scott, he was the top running back a few years back and had not lived up to the expectations...you can be bigger, stronger and faster but that doesn't make you better, although I don't believe that he is above Bryce in every one of those categories.

DenverVol writes:

I know it's a free country and all, but it absolutely baffles me that morons from other schools get on here and talk phooey, ie Damoron, bamabelcher, deltacharlene, etc. Baffles me! I can honestly say I have never and will never visit one of their sites much less spend time reading about their players. The logic in that completely throws me for a loop. I guess you morons find it more interesting to talk phooey about an opposing school than to spend the time finding out what's going on with your own school. Or maybe you just don't have a life. I'm guessing it's the no life bit. "Phooey" is not the word of my choice, btw.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to BamaBeacher:

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Not nearly as much as Bama paid for Albert Means.

abnerPeabody writes:

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Do you really think you know the score?You don't know jack.Tennessee will not score 24 points and Bama will not score 44.Just thought you should know so you will not cry when the game is over.

abnerPeabody writes:

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I hope Florida loses,but wishing harm to any player is just plain useless and quiet frankly,a stupid comment.

Tenn_Dawg writes:

Unbaised opionion regarding the Trent Richardson versus Bryce Brown debate. I have seen both play however I have probably seen more of Trent. Both are great looking freshman and I wish either one of them played for the Dawgs. However I would give the edge to Trent right now. He is built like a Mack truck and literally runs like one. Physically both do not look anything like freshman. Trent has tremdous legs and runs down hill. I don't know if Trent could put anymore weight or muscle on that frame. This is were Bryce may have the advantage later since he is the taller back. Bama probably has the better OL but no matter b/c Trent simply runs over guys. UT and Bama are both lucky to have the guys they have and it will be interesting to see them square off against one another over the next three-four years.

UT may beat Auburn this year but I don't think they have a snowballs chance in Hatis of beating Bama with that type of QB production.

Volways writes:

in response to tennezz:

Not as much as bammer paid for Memphis recruits until Fulmer spanked you and made you stop!

Well, I guess that stopped her "beachin". Good one!

lildhoss76ut#638162 writes:

Cant understand how an article about a TN fr.rb turns into a pi-sing match about who is a better back.Regardless here is my take.Both players are good at what they do BB for now plays second fiddle to MH and is more of a reciever out of the backfield he is not a power runner(yet)more of a speed guy.TR is all about power not quite the reciever BB is however may be the better pure rb(for now).A lot has to do with the qbs on the repective teams.When you dont respect the qb you can home in on the rbs.Only time will tell who is the better back.GO VOLS!!!!

GahLee writes:

Apparently Bruce Irvin is wavering on his commitment, he said, and I quote " I'm not sure about this Tennessee thing, I watched West Virginia and Colorado, I really like what I seen from West Virginia "

Not sure what the future holds for Bruce, would love to have him, but would rather have Luc, that boy is a beast and will play on Sundays for sure.

Dave Hooker said today on his show that he thinks he UT will get Luc, I certainly hope so.

Hope Bruce comes as well.

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