Notebook: Kiffin expects Warren to reappear against Ohio

Tennessee receiver Brandon Warren might be due for an early season renaissance.

“He’s getting better,” head coach Lane Kiffin said following Wednesday’s practice. “He’s had a good week of practice. We’ll give him some shots.”

That’s a welcome change for Warren. The former Alcoa High School star didn’t catch a pass last week against Florida and barely played.

“Everybody wants to play and I’m definitely a competitor so it hurts me sitting on the sideline. I hate it,” he said. “But if that’s what I’ve got to do at the time then that’s what I’ve got to do.”

Warren’s statistics have gradually decreased each week this season. The junior had three receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening game against Western Kentucky, then had only one catch for seven yards in UT’s next game, against UCLA. Then was all but a no show in Gainesville.

He said he’s not sure why he hasn’t been on the field more. Minor off-field troubles have plagued his career.

“I’ve just got to wait my turn, I guess,” Warren said. “Keep working hard so coach can build his confidence in me.”

Kiffin questioned Warren’s work ethic in practice earlier this season.

“I feel good,” Warren said. “I come here and work hard like everybody does, work just as hard. I think the thing with me is to understand and play fast all the time. I feel like I’m getting better. Hopefully things are about to start turning.”

Practice Report: Kiffin said the Vols cut down on mistakes during Wednesday’s practice.

“I thought today was really good on the offensive side of the ball,” Kiffin said. “Out of 36 plays, we ran two repeats, which is better than we’ve ever been before on a Wednesday.”

Sophomore defensive back Art Evans, who has started all three games, missed Tuesday’s practice because of laryngitis. Brent Vinson has been running with the first team since Monday. Evans was back on the field Wednesday.

“He did most of the drills today, which was good to see,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin said senior tailback Montario Hardesty is a “little banged up”. Junior linebacker LaMarcus Thompson did not practice again due to a sore back.

UT was also without defensive tackle Wes Brown. That’s nothing new. The senior has been battling sore knees all season.

“We think Wes will be able to play every time,” Kiffin said. “Every game we go into, something happens at some point, but he battles through.

“If there was a guy who didn’t need our physical practices, Wes would be that guy. For instance, in the opener he played great and he didn’t practice much that week. We’ll push Wes out there tomorrow.”

The New King: Freshman linebacker Greg King figures to get his first start in place of Thompson.

“There’s no nerves,” said King, who recorded his lone tackle of the season last week against Florida. “I got all the jitterbugs out the first game so I’m just ready to play now.”

In UT’s first game against Western Kentucky, the nerves couldn’t be ignored.

“I was nervous to get in, to be honest,” King said. “After that, my nerves just went away.”

King said he still needs to improve on his technique and reading offenses. He said his best attribute is listening to UT’s coaches and not talking back.

“I’m still trying to get better,” he said. “I’ve got a whole, whole lot more to learn.”

Thompson has 15 tackles this season, including three for a loss.

No Votes: Safety Eric Berry didn’t seem to mind that he didn’t receive a single vote from pollsters in the Scripps Howard Heisman Trophy Poll.

“I’m not even paying attention to any of that,” the junior said. “Really just trying to get these wins. Trying to get back to the SEC Championship because all that stuff is opinionated. I don’t really focus too much on opinions. I don’t really care about opinions. I just try to do what I do on the field to help my team.”

UT launched a Heisman campaign for Berry, who had 11 tackles, two for a loss and an interception last week against Florida. Berry leads the Vols with 24 tackles.

The poll consists of 10 Heisman voters, one from each region. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow leads the voting followed by California tailback Jahvid Best, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

Clean Game: The Vols are tied for sixth in the nation with only six penalties per game and are tied for ninth best with 95 yards of penalties. Kiffin said he’s pleased with UT’s discipline.

“You don’t all of a sudden become disciplined on Saturday,” Kiffin said. “You become disciplined by the way you do things in practice and in the off-season. Our players have done that and we need to keep it up.”

W.R. on I.R.: Receiver Gerald Jones said he will be the Vols’ utility man now that senior receiver Quintin Hancock is sidelined with a fractured jaw. Hancock played all four of UT’s receiver positions. Now that duty falls on Jones.

That will open up a spot for freshman Marsalis Teague, who will likely fill in at Jones’ vacated spot.

Hancock is one of a handful of UT’s receivers to miss practice time with an injury. Crompton admitted that developing chemistry with his receivers has been a challenge with the constant rotation.

“Sometimes it does get tough,” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you know who’s in there because guys run routes different. You’ve got to kind of peek in the huddle.”

Crompton said he and UT’s receivers have stayed after practice to make sure he knows how each player runs their routes.

Walking the Walk: Defensive end Chris Walker is flying high after his two-sack performance against Florida last week.

“I think, by far, that was the best game I played since I’ve been at the University of Tennessee,” said Walker, who had five tackles against the Gators.

Walker said it was important for him to have a breakout game after being lauded for his play in the off-season.

“This was one of the games that a lot of people would be able to see what type of player I was and what type of defense (we have),” the junior said. “I think I really focused on coming out and having a good game.”

Not Too High: Jones said he’s not concerned that the Vols will be too confident this week against Ohio, which is a 21-point underdog.

“Coach ain’t going to let that happen,” Jones said referring to Kiffin. “He already showed the film yesterday when Ohio and Ohio State played last year.

“Ohio was beating Ohio State 14-12 coming into the fourth quarter. If we come in here being too confident, they can sneak up on you.”

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Comments » 58

knoxswim890 writes:

Its about time.
That is, if Crompton can give it to him.

HallowedHill writes:

Teague is ready.

zigvol writes:

Were gonna be really good in a couple of years. Im very excited about the future of TN. football...

utclassof1992 writes:

Warren is a head case. Needs too much coddling for me.

OrangeCrush writes:

Great, great game at FLA Chris. I hate to say some negative stuff, but when you sack the QB, get back on the defense side of the field and high 5 your teammates. It could have easily been an excessive celebration penalty.

Now go out there and get after that QB!

givehim6 writes:

Instead of were is Waldo, it's were is Warren.

BillsBrother writes:

Warren needs to talk to the walk-on linemen about the definition of hard work.

UTVOLSFAN4LIFE writes:

Maybe we can find a receiver or running back that Crompton can throw or pitch to behind the line of scrimmage who can pass so we can get our receivers the ball. Trying Stephens would atleast slow Crompton's pace down for the most interceptions in a NCAA season.

Most Passes Intercepted Season - 34 - John Eckman, Wichita St., 1966

Cldvols1 writes:

The Vols will not come into this game overconfident, Kiffin will remind them of their 1-2 record and how most of the nation doesn't think they're good enough to compete with the big dogs. I think they blow Ohio out in Neyland, restore some confidence, and win a tough game next week against Auburn. Auburn's okay, yea their undefeated but they haven't played a considerable opponent yet. Go Vols!!!

xvolx writes:

We don't need him to appear. We need him to perform.

UTVOLSFAN4LIFE writes:

I am pulling for Stephens. I can't imagine what it must be like being in his position behind a QB that has peformed like Crompton and has still not been given a chance to come into the game. If he gets a shot the bar has been set so low it would not take much to win the spot. Throw for less than 2.33 interceptions a game, be professional, and complete 1 pass a game for 15-20 yards before the run. If he can't atleast he got his shot and it is proved both are not gamers.

ATX_VOL_FAN writes:

ok. first of all, we DO have great WR's. JC just can't get the ball to them against real opponents. But I think that Kiffin and Orangeron WILL turn him around. Secondly, Auburn just beat West Virginia. I still think they are a great football team. Thirdly, it's WAY TOO EARLY for "Vol fans" to be giving up. I agree that the next few years will be great, BUT we are only 3 games into the season and still have a "chance" to play in Atlanta. Whether we get there or not is up to the players, NOT the fans. That's why they are on the field and we are watching them on the field. The players haven't given up on this season, and neither should we. Their job is to play. Our job is to watch and SUPPORT. Be positive and believe.

GO VOLS BEAT OHIO!!!

kabulvol writes:

Whats the over/under on Crompton interceptions for the game? My guess is 2.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

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DukeDeLuca writes:

Since everyone is so euphoric over our play against Florida, will someone please explain to me (without using the word "Fulmer" or its many blogging derivatives) why we aren't ranked in the Top 20 this week?

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We've done nothing to earn ranking yet. When we start winning the rest of our games, ranking will come. You got to earn ranking, it isn't given games you lose but those you win. That's the theory anyway.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to UTVOLSFAN4LIFE:

I am pulling for Stephens. I can't imagine what it must be like being in his position behind a QB that has peformed like Crompton and has still not been given a chance to come into the game. If he gets a shot the bar has been set so low it would not take much to win the spot. Throw for less than 2.33 interceptions a game, be professional, and complete 1 pass a game for 15-20 yards before the run. If he can't atleast he got his shot and it is proved both are not gamers.

Well said.

I guess Crompton's shining practices give him cred to go and toss picks in games. Guess, as Tony Barnhard says, once you change QB's, there is no going back.

Puzzling, but on we go.

Be nice to see one word about the Ohio Bobcats.

ibvolman writes:

in response to ATX_VOL_FAN:

ok. first of all, we DO have great WR's. JC just can't get the ball to them against real opponents. But I think that Kiffin and Orangeron WILL turn him around. Secondly, Auburn just beat West Virginia. I still think they are a great football team. Thirdly, it's WAY TOO EARLY for "Vol fans" to be giving up. I agree that the next few years will be great, BUT we are only 3 games into the season and still have a "chance" to play in Atlanta. Whether we get there or not is up to the players, NOT the fans. That's why they are on the field and we are watching them on the field. The players haven't given up on this season, and neither should we. Their job is to play. Our job is to watch and SUPPORT. Be positive and believe.

GO VOLS BEAT OHIO!!!

Who is Orangeron? Do we have a coach I didn't know about? YOu must mean Orgeron, but he coaches D-line, not QB's.

belayvol writes:

Shave the porn stache Crompton. I still think that is what is causing you to miss your checks. It obviously tickles your nose cauing your eyes to squint. Look at how young John Holmes died with that look.

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Because our record is 1-2. We are playing with much better effort and that causes people to be encouraged but 1-2 doesn't get a ranking. This coaching staff is getting about as much as one can get out of the talent Tennessee has and thats a welcomed change. So there is your answer with no use of the F word.

fpcoach writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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U C L A

fpcoach writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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You misspelled your name sc"dont"knows"h"it

Razzle writes:

in response to scknowsit:

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Only a total boob thinks Ohio is just like Western.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Hye Duke, isn't it amazing how many people don't get irony.

Like spelling Orgeron as Orangeron. A play on words.

Or the gator fan that spells Meyer backward in his post ID and takes credit for another NC this year that hasn't happened yet.

Lighten up posters. Let's bob the cats then worry about tiger-eagles, UGly bulldogs and bloody elephants.

QB_10 (Inactive) writes:

Hey Crompy: I guess one more stay after practice is going to make a world of difference--that was the reason for the 7 on 7 drills this summer, which you led in INT in that league...
I will sum up Crompton and Kiffin';s comments on Crompton:

' Lots of Wind, some Thunder, but NO RAIN"

UT: 28
OU: 17

OU has a very entertaining band

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

I think for the Alabama game we should make a slight alteration to the name of our style of defense.... call it the Tampon 2....designed to stop the Crimson Tide.

Sorry, I know it's corny, just had to say it.

GaGATOR writes:

I was amused Sunday, that your poll consensus thought ya’ll would go 6 and 2 in the SEC, after your 13 to 23 win over the GATORS. Well, let’s get real. Enjoy you win against Ohio, because you have no chance against Auburn, Georgia, and Alabama.
Sorry to say it’s only a 50-50 chance you can beat South Carolina. Then comes
Mississippi, NO CHANCE. Then you finish up with Vandy and Kentucky, again only a 50-50 chance of winning these. If you run the table against the 50-50 teams you will only be 3 and 5, but most likely you will lose 1 of the 3, leaving you 2 and 6 in the SEC. Which ironically is just like beating the GATORS 13 to 23, I love the new math in Tennessee.

TommyJack writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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So Duke...what point(s) are you trying very hard to make?

Hardrocknox writes:

in response to GaGATOR:

I was amused Sunday, that your poll consensus thought ya’ll would go 6 and 2 in the SEC, after your 13 to 23 win over the GATORS. Well, let’s get real. Enjoy you win against Ohio, because you have no chance against Auburn, Georgia, and Alabama.
Sorry to say it’s only a 50-50 chance you can beat South Carolina. Then comes
Mississippi, NO CHANCE. Then you finish up with Vandy and Kentucky, again only a 50-50 chance of winning these. If you run the table against the 50-50 teams you will only be 3 and 5, but most likely you will lose 1 of the 3, leaving you 2 and 6 in the SEC. Which ironically is just like beating the GATORS 13 to 23, I love the new math in Tennessee.

No , that's called Gator math , every game is 50 / 50 and you will figure that out real soon when you have to eventually play a ranked team !

UTVOLSFAN4LIFE writes:

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Most of the interceptions may not be his fault. I am sure they are the receivers fault or whoever else can be blamed. Is the reason he cannot pass the ball for more than swing passes not his fault either? I am sure it is someone elses fault. I am not saying Kiffin made the wrong decision at the time or pretend I know better than Kiffin who should be QB. My point is Kiffin said it was a hard decision deciding who would start at the beginning of the season because they were so close in practice. Crompton has shown what he could do in a game. If they are that close going into the season maybe Stephens could produce in the game better than Crompton. The bar is set pretty low. Is the real reason because he thinks Crompton is hands down the best on the team or because he does not want to go back on his statement of not pulling his QB out when things go bad?

MidwestVol writes:

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Good post tweet. I hear you and hopefully others do as well. I see a lot of comments here supporting and exciting about the coaching staff. Great! Yet the same commenters going off on Crompton (including me a few weeks ago). But Coach has said repeatedly, it's mostly not his fault and would appreciate the fans getting off his back. Can Crompton play better - obviously. Can receivers do a better job of route running and getting open, absolutely. "...I was playing off the tight end because he was running a lazy route and just watched the qb. It was easy to step in front of him..." says it all for me. Everyone needs to improve on offense - except maybe Hardesty.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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espn?

cmoore7 writes:

Awesome statistic about the penalties or lack thereof.

Beat Ohio

wagee12 writes:

The best thing that could happen on Saturday is for Crapton to throw two or three more picks and get jerked out and be done. If he has a good game, so what. This is not the Auburn, Georgia, Alabama or even South Carolina defense he's facing. Doesn't matter about the receivers until Crapton is replaced in the lineup. Oh, BTW, a guy who has been playing basketball for the past four years is ranked 30 spots ahead of Crapton in NCAA stats. Greg Paulus-- Syracuse.

10cvalleyvol writes:

"Crompton admitted that developing chemistry with his receivers has been a challenge with the constant rotation."

“Sometimes it does get tough,” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you know who’s in there because guys run routes different. You’ve got to kind of peek in the huddle.”

"Crompton said he and UT’s receivers have stayed after practice to make sure he knows how each player runs their routes."

IF JC IS HAVING TO TAKE A PEEK TO SEE WHICH PLAYERS ARE IN THE HUDDLE TO DETERMINE HOW TO THROW THE BALL, AND CAN'T RELY ON ALL OF HIS RECEIVERS TO BE WHERE THEY ARE EXPECTED, THESE RECEIVERS NEED TO STAY AND DO EXTRA REPS WITH THE QB UNTIL THIS IS FIXED. GOSH ALMIGHTY. RUN THE DRAWN UP ROUTES OR DON'T PLAY. DO WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC WITH PLAYERS NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO COMPREHEND THE PLAYBOOK?

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Ummm... because we're 1-2. Unfortunately moral victories are not part of the ranking criteria.

GreeneVol_TN writes:

in response to UTVOLSFAN4LIFE:

I am pulling for Stephens. I can't imagine what it must be like being in his position behind a QB that has peformed like Crompton and has still not been given a chance to come into the game. If he gets a shot the bar has been set so low it would not take much to win the spot. Throw for less than 2.33 interceptions a game, be professional, and complete 1 pass a game for 15-20 yards before the run. If he can't atleast he got his shot and it is proved both are not gamers.

If I remember last year correctly, QB play didn't get any better with Stephens starting...i.e. Northern Illinois, Wyoming. I really think Kiffin has a plan for how things need to be accomplished and the QB spot is going to take bit more time. From what I've seen, the biggest obstacle to QB confidence here is our fans and their instant expectations. This year is a rebuild, let the architect work. Patience is a virtue,unless you're a vol fan! GO VOLS!

tonyvick#213307 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Ahhhh, 1 and 2 Kinda will do that for ya.

seventysevenvol writes:

in response to Razzle:

Only a total boob thinks Ohio is just like Western.

You're right. Honestly, they're worse.

Razzle writes:

in response to seventysevenvol:

You're right. Honestly, they're worse.

".... crushed Cal State Ploy by 7"

Since when does 28-10=7 ?

TommyJack writes:

in response to seventysevenvol:

You're right. Honestly, they're worse.

I'm guessing you're joking. Ohio would damage WKY like a borrowed chainsaw. WKY is one bad unit.

TommyJack writes:

No easier that opening the throat and swallowing the goat from the couch. Nothing wrong with disagreement.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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damn, I got dizzy Witchy, all them lines make me wana eat some chicken, quit that lol

VolFanInMO writes:

Laryngitis?

VolFanInAtl writes:

in response to 10cvalleyvol:

"Crompton admitted that developing chemistry with his receivers has been a challenge with the constant rotation."

“Sometimes it does get tough,” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you know who’s in there because guys run routes different. You’ve got to kind of peek in the huddle.”

"Crompton said he and UT’s receivers have stayed after practice to make sure he knows how each player runs their routes."

IF JC IS HAVING TO TAKE A PEEK TO SEE WHICH PLAYERS ARE IN THE HUDDLE TO DETERMINE HOW TO THROW THE BALL, AND CAN'T RELY ON ALL OF HIS RECEIVERS TO BE WHERE THEY ARE EXPECTED, THESE RECEIVERS NEED TO STAY AND DO EXTRA REPS WITH THE QB UNTIL THIS IS FIXED. GOSH ALMIGHTY. RUN THE DRAWN UP ROUTES OR DON'T PLAY. DO WE HAVE AN EPIDEMIC WITH PLAYERS NOT HAVING THE ABILITY TO COMPREHEND THE PLAYBOOK?

Dude, stop yelling

I tend to agree. Why does it matter so much who the receiver is? The route and what to do when the play starts to break down should be predetermined.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

total sidenote without a good place to put it.... I think Ole Miss goes down tonight... playing a thursday night game at South Carolina is tough... especially for a sluggish Ole Miss team.

VolFanInAtl writes:

Warren is unreliable

Jones has been more of a hindrance than a help

Let's hope Teague has some game

BrassMonkey writes:

If Ohio can lose by ten, then they can consider it a victory next week. Either way they will have the same or better record than us.

volsfanlostinthebigeasy writes:

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why do you even polute this site with your opinion?

RebelVol writes:

I think that this could be one of the most important games of the season. The result of this game can make or break our season. Don't expect this one to be like the WKU game. Ohio is known to play teams tough. While we are a much better team, they are in no way a pushover. This game is the perfect opportunity for Crompton to get some confidence going. I do not expect him to do anything great this year, but when he is confident, he gets the job done (08 Ky game, WKU game). There is enough talent on this team to succeed without Crompton having to be great. He just needs to get the job done, and the Defense and running backs can handle the rest. This is a very good game to get some momentum going into our offense as we head into the meat of our schedule. If we can get a solid QB performance in this game, I really like our chances against Auburn.

volsfanlostinthebigeasy writes:

Maybe, just, maybe...CLK is baiting the SEC coaches. playing Crapton for the easy games and just conceeding the florida game. Holding Stephens back untill the tough SEC part of our scedule. he did say our offense will change from game to game. yeah...that's it. SERIUOSLY.....I say, let CLK coach and we cheer. what ever CLK is up to he will get us back to being a powerhouse. he surrounded his self with a great recruiting/coaching staff. The lane-train is coming. If we do not have a winning record at the end of the year its becuase we had flu-like symptoms.

Ohio 10
Tenn 49

GO VOLS!!!!!!

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to TommyJack:

I'm guessing you're joking. Ohio would damage WKY like a borrowed chainsaw. WKY is one bad unit.

I remember a lot of posters saying UCLA was a second rate team & we would have no trouble wuppin' up on them. Heck, we were 10 point favorites. How'd that work out?
Ohio is in the MAC, some pretty good teams in there. Honestly with our QB's, we ain't all that good yet.
GO VOLS!!!

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