Offense flounders in search of identity

'We had some dead energy today'

Gameday recap: Tennessee 15, UCLA 19

Tennessee wanted to establish a power rushing attack.

It couldn't pick up the 3 yards it needed most with two chances.

The Vols looked like a team that was confident in their quarterback a week ago.

In Saturday's 19-15 loss to UCLA at Neyland Stadium, they turned into one seemingly keeping the game out of Jonathan Crompton's hands.

UT also dropped passes, gave up sacks and fumbled exchanges in its first real test of the season, leaving plenty of blame to go around - and an offense in search of an identity.

"We had some dead energy today, and I don't know why on offense," Vols coach Lane Kiffin said. "You turn the ball over on offense and people start looking around and there's no rhythm to it. There's no rhythm and we're not bouncing the ball around and getting completions and the sticks moving.

"But we've had one game together. We've had one game and no punts and 63 points, so this was new for them with us."

For all the fresh faces on the sideline, the product on the field sparked some feelings of dej<0x00E0> vu.

Crompton completed just half of his 26 attempts with three interceptions, including one on the first play of the second half that the Bruins converted into a field goal and a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

A receiving corps that generated so much excitement in a flawless opener let a pair of important passes slip through its hands and missed at least one critical block. And the running backs needed some help with so many UCLA defenders crowding the line of scrimmage with the passing game stalled.

The ground attack never really got going, either, despite 89 yards from Montario Hardesty, and it was notably stuffed when it mattered most with UT on the doorstep of a comeback win in the closing minutes. But with four cracks at picking up 7 yards to go ahead late, the Vols only managed 6.

"Everybody has ups and downs, and unfortunately for us as a whole unit as an offense, we didn't have a good day," receiver Marsalis Teague said. "You know, we just tried to stick with what was working and the run game was obviously working for us. You have to stick with what's working in a game like this.

"We were very confident, we were moving the ball and we knew we were going to do this and going to do that, but honestly we were in the game at the end despite what happened. It's true what they say - the first three quarters, nothing mattered we were still in the game at the end."

That was almost entirely a product of a stellar defensive effort, and UT was almost good enough on offense to capitalize on it.

All that time spent churning for yards on the ground shortened the second half and limited their scoring chances, however. After the Vols missed their best one, Kiffin pointed the finger at himself in a locker room that reportedly was pointing them everywhere.

"I thought I didn't do a very good job today taking care of Jonathan," Kiffin said. "We tried to stay with the run game at times as you could see by the lopsided ratio of run to pass. I gave him a couple calls unfortunately that didn't put him in the best position.

"Obviously, that's embarrassing - 4-of-16 on third down and you're not going to win many games when you turn the ball over four times. … After all that, after all the bad things that happened today, we're still one yard away from putting it in to go ahead to win the game. Very discouraging for our second game together, but it's something they have to learn from."

For now, the Vols still have to learn who they are on offense.

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IdahoVol writes:

If Florida stacks the line to stop the run - which I'm guessing they will do after watching today's game - it could be a LONG day in Gainesville.

jaxxon writes:

Marsalis Teague is a gentleman give the man credit. He had an amazing first game, then was told to block entire UCLA game. Never thrown to once, put our freshman in and pass to them. Teague and fellow freshman class is raw talent that has been missing. give them the ball

Joevolsxtra writes:

I wonder if Jim Bob Cooter could put his clothes on for a minute and teach CRAPton how to not get the numb arse sitting on the bench!!! I'm so sick of this junk!! CROMPTON IS HORRIBLE!!! THROW THE BUM OUT!!!!! p.s. ESPN says that Mizzou won 27-20.

lomas98 writes:

in response to Clock_Work_Orange:

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I don't think it was a rope a dope. I think it is a dope for a QB. Missouri beat BG but it is interesting everyone is following them this year. I think everyone wants BG and Clawson to fail just to validate last year. The QB is our problem, not the coaches.

picchic913#459936 writes:

offense didn't flounder....Crompton floundered. It's hard to get a rhythm going when your QB won't throw the ball to his own teammates, or look for an open player. He's still got tunnel vision

rockyt writes:

A fumbled snap, a wideopen tight end in the endzone that Crompton didnt see, 3 horrible interceptions - one of which happened when G. Jones was WIDE open. All these have one common factor, Crompton. He's done - you cant bounce back when you've never showed you were any good to begin with. Time to move on with Stephens, maybe sacrifice Crompton to the Gators and give Stephens a fresh start against Ohio. I dont know, but starting Crompton against Florida will basically be saying that we forfeit. Crompton couldnt have played any worse - he's just so bad it hurts to watch.

RockinTop writes:

The only thing that needs to be learned is that Crompton needs to be on the bench where he belongs. It's that simple. He cannot handle the pressure and it's obvious.....if he still starting next week, it will be much worse....he still stares down recievers.

And stop comparing last weeks game against WKY....the only reason Crompton did well was because he was again playing a high school caliber team.

I would rather lose with Stephens or Lamaison. Enough of the chances for Crompton already!

Go Big Orange!

flatoutvol writes:

How about a little more imagination with the play calling at crunch time? 2 cracks up the middle right at UCLA's best lineman, after pounding up the middle several times before. How about a naked bootleg, or bootleg with
Stocker dragging along with JC as an option, or Brown or Cooper out of the backfield. My point is everybody in the stadium and folks watching at home knew what was coming, and we weren't getting that good of a push up front.

As last year proved all too painfully, when you got QB problems, and a one dimensional attack, you're gonna lose a bunch of games.

doctorvol#211700 writes:

agree with rockyt. was gary roach worse - I doubt it. Poor decisions, telegraphing passes, throwing the out after the break and after the cb squats and moves fwd, and throwing well behind most of the time. No system will correct these faults. Might be a nice boy, but he's not a qb!

VOLKING writes:

As we all remember from last year, Stephens isn't much better. Are the other 2 QB's anywhere near ready to play?

bruno9793 writes:

im a huge jc supporter. this guy loves tennessee more than anyone on this team, but when its all said and done. its still the same jc we saw last year. this guy had so much potential coming out of high school, but 4 offensive coordinaters later. its still the same jc from last year. i wanna see the jc from 2006 that was not scared to run over defenders like all pro safety leron landry from lsu. at this point i wasnt expecting much, but i really wanted to beat the hippie rick neauhisels from ucla.

TommyJack writes:

in response to VOLKING:

As we all remember from last year, Stephens isn't much better. Are the other 2 QB's anywhere near ready to play?

Not me. I don't remember it like that at all.

HowboutdemVOLS writes:

Where was the O-line.......god ill be glad when CRAPton get the he#$ out of knoxville.....

jsm67vol writes:

This is a year when the top-heavy schedule could really hurt us. I expect this team to improve tremendously over the course of the season. Unfortunately, if they don't improve quickly, they may have more games like this. I liked that they fought till the end. I like that Kiffin took the blame for the loss. Instead of pointing at each other for blame, I'd rather see them pointing to 9/19 on the calendar. Time to pull together for a trip to the swamp

jsm67vol writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Not me. I don't remember it like that at all.

Me either. I had high hopes for JC to redeem himself this year. But that tunnel vision is still apparent, and that will make it tough to win any game.

give_him_6 writes:

in response to VOLKING:

As we all remember from last year, Stephens isn't much better. Are the other 2 QB's anywhere near ready to play?

The other 2 ??? What other 2? Kiff helped to run off BJ and the big ex Red Sox pitcher quit sports. We only have Stevens and Lamison. Then we will need to hold try outs from teh intermural or else from the boys and girls clubs or even Maryville High School. Anyone is better than John-John. I'm all for a second chance, but today was boderline rediculous. But since he's all we got...everyone had better get used to it. We are playing for recruits and for next year!!!

adamhunter11 writes:

Crompton has to be pulled! How can CLK let him play next week? Atleast go to Stephens and let him hit the learning curve and prepare for next year...Stephens should of been the starter out of spring ball anyways if he wouldnt have gotten hurt. Crompton dont belong in D-1 ball

LibertyVolance writes:

in response to HowboutdemVOLS:

Where was the O-line.......god ill be glad when CRAPton get the he#$ out of knoxville.....

You don't have much of an O-line. Especially the left side of your line is really weak and the center. Crompton made some errors on his own, but that is a weak OLine too. Your OL, especially on the weak side, got destroyed on critical plays after 1st and goal. They caved completely. On run blocking, it is better when you don't have to backpeddle. LOL.

bigOutfan writes:

The only hope TN has next week is FL knocks Crompton out early... this guy is a curse on TN... He's the worst QB i've ever seen at TN ... This year another 5 & 7 at best

10volunteers98 writes:

in response to bigOutfan:

The only hope TN has next week is FL knocks Crompton out early... this guy is a curse on TN... He's the worst QB i've ever seen at TN ... This year another 5 & 7 at best

Can we get Bray eligible for the rest of the season?Crompton reverted back to his old self today.Can`t say much for the offensive line,either.We`re gonna HAVE to have at least two more good recruiting classes,with a lot of big `ol uglies who can open some holes and protect the QB.

OrangeUGlad writes:

Anyone hatin on CLK & Co. needs a serious head check! Sure the offense looked all too familiar and reminded us all of PF and DC's ineptitudes last year. The fact is folks this is the hand CLK was dealt. PF is a lifetime Vol and deserves a tip-o-the hat for what he did in the late 90's, but recently he was LOSING the head-to-head recruiting battles with Cryer & Satan. That my friends is why he's no longer with us. Crompton was abysmal today and truthfully we all know Stephens probably wouldn't have been much better, but folks we are AT LEAST COMPETING for the talent we're gonna need to turn this Titanic around. CLK came in at the 11th hour (in terms of recruiting) and not only competed but held his own against the evil powers to our south, stealing away several blue chippers in the process. Give it time folks. The reason it looked too much like last year is because we are primarily fielding last year's players, bottom line. Before we cast stones, give him a couple years; let him restock the cupboard; have a little faith. If we look like this in 2012 I'll lead the posse to run him out of town.

Meantime guys, don't boo our players--just don't. Eyes are on us; very VERY talented young men are trying to decide whether they want to spend 3-4 years in our charge. Show them we have class-- that we'll support them and provide them with the best college football atmosphere in the nation. If we do that NO ONE can consistently beat us out for great players. Let's work with CLK, not against him, and soon enough we'll be singin' Rocky Top all nite long after beating Fla. (Not this year . . . but soon enough)

Go vols.

Inquisitor writes:

"I thought I didn't do a very good job today taking care of Jonathan," Kiffin said.

Crompton is a 5th year senior, for goodness' sake. Why does he need to be taken care of? He should be one of the stalwarts of the offense, not a first grader needing his mommy when he's out on the playground.

It's obvious that Kiffin knows Crompton is a fragile soul. Let's get a man in the quarterback position. Crompton needs to sit, now. Put Stephens in and let him lead the team. I have always thought he was better than Crompton. I still think so. Crompton's practice performance be d*amned. We don't need a quarterback with a fragile psyche. We need a brawler. Give Stephens the ball.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Now that's the Tennessee Vols I know & love. I hate to say it, but we suck. The opening kickoff goes out of bounds, UCLA manhandles our O line, dropped passes, arm tackles, 3rd & Monte and our QB plays like a girl. After all that we still had a chance to win and couldn't get it done. We can still have a winning season if we're lucky. Just not with Crompton.
GO VOLS!!!

OldNumber7 writes:

The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. Those turnovers were deadly. Take those away and this was easily Tennessee's game - before those happened UT was leaving UCLA behind. Play calling was identical to USC's last night - I was laughing at the similarity. But when turnovers and dropped passes start happening, the very strong UCLA defense stacks the line. Folks need to relax - this offensive scheme works; but cannot with mistakes....or a poor decision making QB.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

In our type of offense you need a very good qb, this person must set the tone for the whole team. Crompton put our defense in bad positions the entire night as well as making our offense one dimensional which in turn caused our coaches to keep making vanilla protective decisions. It comes down to pressure as long as there is none Crompton could be "all world" but he is so fragile the pressure makes him less than average and to qb in the SEC your starter has to at least be above good. I believe NS is a victim of the same mentality and it won't gain us that much I say start M. Teague as qb because he can at least handle the pressure.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Not me. I don't remember it like that at all.

Well pal you MUST have a very short memory.....

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to bigOutfan:

The only hope TN has next week is FL knocks Crompton out early... this guy is a curse on TN... He's the worst QB i've ever seen at TN ... This year another 5 & 7 at best

It wouldn't be cool to wish a player hurt. Here's a better plan: Since it's going to be a slaughter at Florida next week (Please, if there is one person out there who actually believes we can win, I want to talk to you) let Crompton start the game. Let Crompton go to Gainesville and when the team returns, let Stephens take over. It only makes sense. It saves Nick Stephens from humiliation for next year. Nick Stephens is a Junior and this year should not be wasted on the bench. I have never known an inept QB to remain in the game. FL, AL, GA, and the others would not stand for it. When a QB does not perform, he is immediately replaced and used as a back-up. Does one person out there honestly believe that Crompton is better than Stephens? I believe if Stephens had not injured his hand, he would be the starting QB.Crompton isn't going to be drafted, so let's give Stephens a shot. Bray and Stephens can compete for next year's job. Bray will certainly play 3 years if he doesn't play his freshman year. No more good practices, you have to perform on the field and Kiffin says that only the best will play.

yeavols#228407 writes:

in response to OldNumber7:

The team that makes the fewest mistakes wins. Those turnovers were deadly. Take those away and this was easily Tennessee's game - before those happened UT was leaving UCLA behind. Play calling was identical to USC's last night - I was laughing at the similarity. But when turnovers and dropped passes start happening, the very strong UCLA defense stacks the line. Folks need to relax - this offensive scheme works; but cannot with mistakes....or a poor decision making QB.

I agree, however, I wished our play calling was like USC's. The Freshman QB Barkley walks into the loudest stadium last night at Ohio State and in the 4th quarter guides his team to the winning touchdown. It is quite obvious that Kiffin lost confidence in Crompton and decided to play it safe with Hardesty's running. Everyone on the planet saw the naked bootleg Crompton could have run. He could have just walked into the endzone in the waning minutes of the game. Id say Kiffin didn't even have enough confidence in that play. By the way, how in the world could we have a 5th year QB play like that when Michigan and USC's first year QB's looked like 5th year seniors? It's incredible. One thing is for sure,a decision has to be made next week after the Florida game.

volfanincarolina writes:

So disapointed in the offensive line as well as the qb play. If you do not have any confidence in the qb to call pass play instead of 2 yds and a cloud of dust than Mr. CLK you need to make a change. Everyone knew what was coming. There is no way we should loose that game. Do not want to rotate qb? What happens when a starting pitcher has a bad outing, you replace him. What happens to the pitcher in about 4-5 days, he starts again. If qb is killing you replace him. We are to play the best players we have. I believe that is a quote from CLK.

UkJarhead writes:

It's not even going to feel good ending the streak this year. Thanks for Randall Cobb by the way. Guess he was to far away from Knoxville to recruit.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to OrangeUGlad:

Anyone hatin on CLK & Co. needs a serious head check! Sure the offense looked all too familiar and reminded us all of PF and DC's ineptitudes last year. The fact is folks this is the hand CLK was dealt. PF is a lifetime Vol and deserves a tip-o-the hat for what he did in the late 90's, but recently he was LOSING the head-to-head recruiting battles with Cryer & Satan. That my friends is why he's no longer with us. Crompton was abysmal today and truthfully we all know Stephens probably wouldn't have been much better, but folks we are AT LEAST COMPETING for the talent we're gonna need to turn this Titanic around. CLK came in at the 11th hour (in terms of recruiting) and not only competed but held his own against the evil powers to our south, stealing away several blue chippers in the process. Give it time folks. The reason it looked too much like last year is because we are primarily fielding last year's players, bottom line. Before we cast stones, give him a couple years; let him restock the cupboard; have a little faith. If we look like this in 2012 I'll lead the posse to run him out of town.

Meantime guys, don't boo our players--just don't. Eyes are on us; very VERY talented young men are trying to decide whether they want to spend 3-4 years in our charge. Show them we have class-- that we'll support them and provide them with the best college football atmosphere in the nation. If we do that NO ONE can consistently beat us out for great players. Let's work with CLK, not against him, and soon enough we'll be singin' Rocky Top all nite long after beating Fla. (Not this year . . . but soon enough)

Go vols.

ABSOLUTELY agree with every single thing you said. TN wasn't as good as they looked in the first game, and not as bad as they looked in the second game. We were there until the end, and had a chance to win. Despite the mistakes, etc, they fought until the very last second and I'll take that this year.

volsfannsc writes:

in response to volfanincarolina:

So disapointed in the offensive line as well as the qb play. If you do not have any confidence in the qb to call pass play instead of 2 yds and a cloud of dust than Mr. CLK you need to make a change. Everyone knew what was coming. There is no way we should loose that game. Do not want to rotate qb? What happens when a starting pitcher has a bad outing, you replace him. What happens to the pitcher in about 4-5 days, he starts again. If qb is killing you replace him. We are to play the best players we have. I believe that is a quote from CLK.

Comparing football to baseball is apples to oranges. 126 games verses 13? It's known that in 126 outtings a very strong pitcher is going to have a bad night and should be pulled. Crompton is not a strong player and wont have the opportunities. I really feel for Crompton because he has at least tried to get himself righted. Meeting with Wyche, studying film, voluntary practices, etc. Unfortunately he does not- and will not have the mental savey to get his head back in the game. JC, sorry but its time to have a seat. CLK, you can polish a rotten apple but at the end of the day you still have a rotten apple. CLK is going to be in quite a quandry this week. Can Stephens be ready by Saturday? Can the O-line protect him enough to not get hurt? If Stephens gets clobbered at FLA then I can't imagine what it would be like 'knowing' Crompton is all you have for the rest of the season. Save Stephens- play Crompton and FLA will run up the score in ways we can't even imagine. Quite a predicament huh? As far as CLK's play calling goes, given what was happening with our lack of passing prowess, I feel he made the right choice to run the ball into the end zone. One problem, the other team wanted it more than we did. CLK, you still have some work to do. At least you claimed responsibility and didn't give us the "we need to watch film" and we will "work like heck" to fix this. This is a rebuilding year and I above all understand this. I claimed we would walk away with a 7-5 season all along. Too many people OD'ed on the Kool-Aid and were talking 10-2. Reality check - this is still last year's personnel for the most part and CLK understands this. Why else would we be playing 11 freshmen. Give it some time and happy days will be restored at UT. Until then, this stands to be an interesting season at UT.

Madkels writes:

in response to flatoutvol:

How about a little more imagination with the play calling at crunch time? 2 cracks up the middle right at UCLA's best lineman, after pounding up the middle several times before. How about a naked bootleg, or bootleg with
Stocker dragging along with JC as an option, or Brown or Cooper out of the backfield. My point is everybody in the stadium and folks watching at home knew what was coming, and we weren't getting that good of a push up front.

As last year proved all too painfully, when you got QB problems, and a one dimensional attack, you're gonna lose a bunch of games.

Agreed. When your QB is a head case and the coaches have no confidence in his ability to make a play, running the ball is your only option. Now why we didn't stretch the defense out on any plays, ie. reverse, I don't know. That to me was poor coaching. I'm with most on here. Bench Crompton and give Stephens a chance. Nothing to lose at this point. Fulmer got fired riding the Crompton horse too long. I hope this staff doesn't make the same mistakes.

reidtownriverrat writes:

Witch Doctor them bones lied. Stephens should have came in the 2nd half, thats Kiffens mistake. If Crompton starts at Florida it will tell alot about Kiffen. I believe he tried to show everyone that he could win with Crompton.

jmanvolfan writes:

Only thing that really bothers me is that Crompton was zeroed in on a receiver and never looked anywhere else the entire game. He did not have it on this day. That was not going to change after three quarters. I blame CLK for trying the same thing and expecting a different result. Still cheering for them but really disappointed in CLK.

UkJarhead writes:

I just heard that Kiffin is blaming Urban Meyer for Crompton's play yesterday. Meyer planted him 4 years ago to help the Gators win next week. What a brilliant plan...

jman33163 writes:

in response to OrangeUGlad:

Anyone hatin on CLK & Co. needs a serious head check! Sure the offense looked all too familiar and reminded us all of PF and DC's ineptitudes last year. The fact is folks this is the hand CLK was dealt. PF is a lifetime Vol and deserves a tip-o-the hat for what he did in the late 90's, but recently he was LOSING the head-to-head recruiting battles with Cryer & Satan. That my friends is why he's no longer with us. Crompton was abysmal today and truthfully we all know Stephens probably wouldn't have been much better, but folks we are AT LEAST COMPETING for the talent we're gonna need to turn this Titanic around. CLK came in at the 11th hour (in terms of recruiting) and not only competed but held his own against the evil powers to our south, stealing away several blue chippers in the process. Give it time folks. The reason it looked too much like last year is because we are primarily fielding last year's players, bottom line. Before we cast stones, give him a couple years; let him restock the cupboard; have a little faith. If we look like this in 2012 I'll lead the posse to run him out of town.

Meantime guys, don't boo our players--just don't. Eyes are on us; very VERY talented young men are trying to decide whether they want to spend 3-4 years in our charge. Show them we have class-- that we'll support them and provide them with the best college football atmosphere in the nation. If we do that NO ONE can consistently beat us out for great players. Let's work with CLK, not against him, and soon enough we'll be singin' Rocky Top all nite long after beating Fla. (Not this year . . . but soon enough)

Go vols.

One of the most level headed posts I have read on here! I am kinda glad it was a tough hard fought game. I didn't enjoy all of the turnovers or the play calling after 1st and goal, but now everyone can come back to reality. CLK will get us there, but it will take time. We are going to take our lumps this year but I guarantee there is going to be improvement every week. Please stop booing our players! Show some class. They are college students for goodness sakes!
Go Big Orange!!!!!

OrangePride writes:

in response to flatoutvol:

How about a little more imagination with the play calling at crunch time? 2 cracks up the middle right at UCLA's best lineman, after pounding up the middle several times before. How about a naked bootleg, or bootleg with
Stocker dragging along with JC as an option, or Brown or Cooper out of the backfield. My point is everybody in the stadium and folks watching at home knew what was coming, and we weren't getting that good of a push up front.

As last year proved all too painfully, when you got QB problems, and a one dimensional attack, you're gonna lose a bunch of games.

I agree. TWO cracks into the teeth of their run defense with 8-9 already in the box was really too much like the "Fulmer off tackle" days of old...with the same results. If you saw what I did, that was a VERY tired defense on that field. They just could not really get to those corners the way they did earlier. The run to get us inside the 5 was Hardesty wide. I would have run him or Bryce wide right and just let them race those tired Bruins to the end zone. Heck, Bryce would have carried 2 or 3 right INTO the endzone if he had to. Nope....didn't like that play selection at all.

jwtn writes:

You know what I think is sad? How quickly our fans turn on our players. I seem to recall everyone loving Crompton last week and now this week, everyone hates him. It is ridiculous! First of all, Crompton is just a kid. You treat these guys like they are professional football players, and they are not. Lets not forget that all of these guys are just college students who play football. Second, this is Crompton's fourth system he has had to learn. HIS FOURTH! He is becoming a football encyclopedia. Not to mention that in those years at UT, he has been treated like phooey by everyone. How would you feel being on the field knowing that every mistake you made was going to be scrutinized by everyone in the public, since everyone in Knoxville considers themselves assistant coaches. He and his family get death threats, he can hardly walk through campus, and a stadium of 102,000 boos him right before half time. I guess that should knock some sense in him and make him play better? Really?
Not to mention, no matter which QB they put in yesterday, no one would have gotten the job done. Yeah, Crompton made some bad moves, but every time he dropped back to pass he had a guy coming right at him. At least he is willing to take a hit, unlike your golden boy Ainge. UCLA has 2 of the best defensive tackles in the country, and our offensive line couldn't hold them back.
Quit blaming this on one person. He had a hand in this loss, but the team as a whole lost this game.

MillisaAnn writes:

We need to play someone else as QB plain but simple.

dwolfcreek#397971 writes:

I think his mustach gets in his eyes . Crompton is a coach killer .

orangeinbama writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

If Florida stacks the line to stop the run - which I'm guessing they will do after watching today's game - it could be a LONG day in Gainesville.

UF doesnt have to stack the line to stop the run.

hillbillyvol writes:

all I can say oakland/OLMISS

utwick writes:

No quarterback = no identity on offense. Unfortunately, Kiffen is playing the hand that Fulmer dealt him.

kabulvol writes:

Unfortunately, I think Kiffin will stick with Crompton for a few more games. UF is going to destroy us next week. I don't see the point in sending in Stephens next week. Let that be Crompton's final start. Then the following game, go with Stephens. Honest to God, how can he be any worse?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to flatoutvol:

How about a little more imagination with the play calling at crunch time? 2 cracks up the middle right at UCLA's best lineman, after pounding up the middle several times before. How about a naked bootleg, or bootleg with
Stocker dragging along with JC as an option, or Brown or Cooper out of the backfield. My point is everybody in the stadium and folks watching at home knew what was coming, and we weren't getting that good of a push up front.

As last year proved all too painfully, when you got QB problems, and a one dimensional attack, you're gonna lose a bunch of games.

I see what you are saying, as many others have, but, IMHO, those calls were not entirely stupid. UCLA's defenders were cramping up and sucking wind after we dominated time of possession in the 4th quarter. We HAD managed to grind out crucial short yardage several times already in the game. I too would have liked to see a little more imagination in the play-calling, but a wide running play could just as easily have lost yardage as gained it. A fade pass to the back pylon after a fake run, though.... Oh, well; it's a long season. I'm pretty sure the team won't quit, and we fans shouldn't either. GO VOLS!!!

TommyJack writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Well pal you MUST have a very short memory.....

Here's what I DO remember, Mr. Crompton. Stephens showed more game presence, leadership, arm strenth, and, most of all, leadership. I remember one pick that he threw that FHCPF was just waiting on, so as to get your son back in the game. I remember NS kicking azz to deadbeats on the sidelines. I remember that he dropped a big F-bomb on FHCPF that was his undoing. (funny, that must have been about the 12,000th F-bomb uttered to FHCPF)
Other than that, my memory may be a little fuzzy.

TommyJack writes:

in response to AreyouKiffinme:

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Don't get it with you Coleman acolytes. You think CLK and staff said "let's make him miserable and run him off"? BTW...did BJ's team not take one on the chin yesterday? From mighty Furman? And you want him going against UCLA and FL? Sheesh
You're right about one thing. We have the wrong guy starting at QB.

polymer writes:

"Offense in search if identity"??? Here's the Vol offense's identity according to UCLA DB Rahim Moore (two interceptions for the day): "I just read the quarterback. I was just sitting back and reading the quarterback. The second one, he was just staring the guy down and I was playing man-to-man coverage." You want "identity"? That's all the identity any opposing defense needs.

RollTideJoe writes:

What a difference a week makes reading these posts.

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