UT's young receivers catching on

Milton, Meline make progress this spring

Matt Milton might be raw.

The Tennessee true freshman has times when he looks like he just showed up on campus and is swimming in a new playbook at a new level. There are even times when it seems the receiver is having troubles figuring out how to use his long, 6-foot-5 frame.

But those issues are all temporary, and Milton is getting a jump on working them out as he heads into the last week of spring practice for the Vols. And UT is seeing glimpses of his outsized potential when everything comes together, specifically when it can match Milton in big situations with small cornerbacks.

"Any time you get a big receiver like that, you know it's got to help," Vols receivers coach Charlie Baggett said. "We're excited about trying to get him the ball, but he's got to learn the fundamentals and basics first.

"That's not unique to him. I think I've seen it even in the NFL, you know, some guys that have shown good eye-hand coordination and ball skills coming out of college but have a hard time adjusting in the NFL because it takes time. Then you find that unique guy, one or two, that can come in and do it right away. That's what I'm hoping for with some of these young kids coming in here."

Baggett will have plenty of those to work with this season, though Milton and fellow early enrollee Ted Meline each have a jump on the other members of a talented signing class of receivers. So far they've both made the most of it.

Meline has flashed some strong hands and good mobility, and he could be a major factor on special teams in the return game and perhaps be a candidate to take snaps in UT's version of the Wildcat at some point.

But Milton, not surprisingly, has made the larger impression at this point, showing off in Saturday's scrimmage with four catches that only covered 17 yards but produced two touchdowns.

The next step would be adding to the yardage total and cleaning up some occasional troubles with drops, but UT is content with taking things one step at a time for now.

"I think it's like any other freshman or any rookie in the National Football League, you know, it's hard on them," Baggett said. "Each level you go to, from junior high to high school to college to the pros, it's a certain level of learning that's involved and it takes time for them to catch on. I think Ted and Matt have done a good job at this point, but they still have a long ways to go.

"Anytime a player is thinking and not performing, not executing, it's because you can't do both at the same time. The thought process when you put it all together, those are the guys that get good are the guys that can do both."

The Vols already have a couple of them in seniors Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore, and sophomore Marsalis Teague also has received positive reviews throughout the spring.

Throw in highly touted recruits Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers along with more development from Milton and Meline, and the receivers could easily qualify as the deepest position on the roster depending on the learning curve.

"These young kids are still learning mentally, so they're not able to perform physically like they're capable of doing," Baggett said. "But that's what the objective is for them, to be able to do it, and the more they do it the better they get at it."

After a couple trips to the end zone, Milton and the Vols are seeing some first-hand evidence of it.

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VolInIndy writes:

go vols

vol94 writes:

just hope the line gives our QB time to throw.

tnsportsman writes:

The Big Orange will be fine with these WR's and the team will be tough, hard, and razor sharp by Sept. UT will have 8 or more wins, BOOK IT!

GO VOLS!

volsmanning16 writes:

i personally think this could be on of the best receiving groups in the nation. this year and years to come. if they stay healthy, you can put them up against anybody.

CincyOhVol writes:

I just hope we can get them the ball.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

Send Milton to Guss', put on 80 lbs. or so, and let him play OL.

vol94 writes:

in response to NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop:

Send Milton to Guss', put on 80 lbs. or so, and let him play OL.

I ate at Guss's every night my jr. year in 93.
I forget his name but an old white-haired man always delivered to us. He was hilarious and the food was awesome.

Is Guss's still around? I thought it burned down years ago.

JTLGOTITANS writes:

does anyone know anything about Da'Rick Rogers?

UTByrd writes:

Beware the Bray! He will be able to get the ball to these guys when and where they need it. Tyler will be the starter sooner rather than later. After all, the blood of the one and only Jim Thorpe courses through his veins.
Go VOLS!!!!!

UTSmokey04 writes:

This class has the potential to be better than Meachem, Swain, and Smith. We will become Purdue of the Brees era if the OL comes together and Bray or Nance can develop.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

Wonder if the kid will end up as a tight end?? David Marting sure made a nice living with that move.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

BTW: should quality a bit.

the NFL likes the tight ends like Stocker, Clark, witten because they are hard to match up with in the secondary. Most LB's can't cover well, and most DB's aren't big enough to knock them off the route.

AtlantaTide writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

The Big Orange will be fine with these WR's and the team will be tough, hard, and razor sharp by Sept. UT will have 8 or more wins, BOOK IT!

GO VOLS!

Love your optimism guy. I honestly believe CDD will surprise quite a few people with the product on the field this year. Best to you.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to UTByrd:

Beware the Bray! He will be able to get the ball to these guys when and where they need it. Tyler will be the starter sooner rather than later. After all, the blood of the one and only Jim Thorpe courses through his veins.
Go VOLS!!!!!

Needs to put on the Freshman 15 plus another 15 ASAP.

UTSmokey04 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

The Big Orange will be fine with these WR's and the team will be tough, hard, and razor sharp by Sept. UT will have 8 or more wins, BOOK IT!

GO VOLS!

Which 8 do you have them winning or going 8 in general including bowl game?

TeamXer writes:

in response to vol94:

I ate at Guss's every night my jr. year in 93.
I forget his name but an old white-haired man always delivered to us. He was hilarious and the food was awesome.

Is Guss's still around? I thought it burned down years ago.

Yes, Gus is still around, overcharging drunken students

Cldvols1 writes:

We've got a very good receiving corps coming in, and imo when they learn the offense they'll do great things at UT. Go Vols!!!

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

They had better be able to catch the ball anywhere.....

OrangePsyched writes:

We've got the wideouts, but also a pretty good NFL prospect at tight end in Stocker. I hope our RB's learn to block as they will be staying in to help protect. Poole is very elusive and just needs a small seam and he's gone. Our defense is in capable hands. Smith will coach them up and give them real passion to play for the Orange and Wilcox will drive OC's crazy with his unorthodox schemes. CDD is making sure personally that we will be the best we've been in a long while with special teams. What's not to be optimistic about? I really believe that Dooley will have these guys playing like their hair's on fire. If you have seen film on him coaching he is really intense.

bigvol662004 writes:

tnsportsman, while I and several others here no doubt appreciate your enthusiasm, one must still take into consideration the fact that this is going to be something of a patchwork O-line along with a defense with a few holes in its' front 7. Add in a questionable kicking game and you have a team that at least "on paper" is in a bit of trouble this season. Granted, things COULD come together and they'd find a way to win 8 games, but realistically with what they have returning and a new staff/system to adapt to, this would be a 6 win, Music City Bowl season at best. Either way, GO BIG ORANGE!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Milton is not just tall but he has some bulk..In high school he lined up all over the field. He got most of his yardage lining up in a shot gun form. with a direct snap and then just generally ran wild pretty much at will..He's not blinding fast but most cornerbacks will have a hard time dealing with him; He's well suited to be used in WR screens and short routes because this guy goes thru arm tacklers like fleas

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Any given Saturday DOES have real meaning.

That's why we play the games because NOBODY knows for certain just what might happen.

THINK...Nobody would have bet that last season we would have 2 chances to make 1 field goal to take a WIN from AlaBummer but THAT is exactly what did happem.

If we had made 1 of those 2 FG's then AlaBubba would NOT be the National Champion right now.

Everyone thought the Gators were going to hang 50 to 60 points on us last season but it did NOT even come close to happening and if JC had been passing the ball like he did against Georgia then we would have left the swamp with a WIN.

In 1998 exactly NOBODY thought that our Tennessee Vols would do much of anything with Manning gone to the NFL and some guy named Tee martin at QB but we made it to the National Championship game.

In the NC game everyone thought Bobby Bowden and Florida State was going to stomp our butts but that did NOT happen and we WON the National Championship.

STUFF your negative, defeatist attitudes in the garbage because you do NOT know and NOBODY knows just what our Big Orange warriors might put together and pull off against any team......on any given Saturday.

GO BIG ORANGE !!!

richvol writes:

Dooley's focus is on recruiting as many big uglies as possible this year. If he gets enough of them we will be very good in 2012. We could be successful enough to win 7 or 8 this year and next and if we played especially well one game we could pull off a major upset. I have no doubt Dooley will get the job done just from the impression I get from his organization,focus and no nonsense attitude. He is a very hard worker as well. That combination is hard to beat and is always successful.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Any given Saturday DOES have real meaning.

That's why we play the games because NOBODY knows for certain just what might happen.

THINK...Nobody would have bet that last season we would have 2 chances to make 1 field goal to take a WIN from AlaBummer but THAT is exactly what did happem.

If we had made 1 of those 2 FG's then AlaBubba would NOT be the National Champion right now.

Everyone thought the Gators were going to hang 50 to 60 points on us last season but it did NOT even come close to happening and if JC had been passing the ball like he did against Georgia then we would have left the swamp with a WIN.

In 1998 exactly NOBODY thought that our Tennessee Vols would do much of anything with Manning gone to the NFL and some guy named Tee martin at QB but we made it to the National Championship game.

In the NC game everyone thought Bobby Bowden and Florida State was going to stomp our butts but that did NOT happen and we WON the National Championship.

STUFF your negative, defeatist attitudes in the garbage because you do NOT know and NOBODY knows just what our Big Orange warriors might put together and pull off against any team......on any given Saturday.

GO BIG ORANGE !!!

While I understand your belief that a better passing game would have led to a win in the Swamp, I do not agree.

The strength of the Florida defense last year was the secondary. UT did the one thing they could do to keep the game close, running the ball and running clock. Had they opened up the offense (even with JC at later season form), UF would have had multiple interceptions and blown the game open.

You can't play the entire game in "just keep it close" mode, and then when you keep it close, claim if you had opened it up you would have won. It just doesn't work that way.

Y10 writes:

in response to JTLGOTITANS:

does anyone know anything about Da'Rick Rogers?

Saw him play almost every game this year. Man amongst boys at the high school level, has the speed, size, hands. Ridiculous numbers, yet only played the first half in 7 out of 14 games. Saw him return 2 K.O.'s for T.D.'s in 1 game. Takes the play off if it doesn't involve him. Can be one of the best in the country if he keeps his head on straight.

ArkyVol73 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

Any given Saturday DOES have real meaning.

That's why we play the games because NOBODY knows for certain just what might happen.

THINK...Nobody would have bet that last season we would have 2 chances to make 1 field goal to take a WIN from AlaBummer but THAT is exactly what did happem.

If we had made 1 of those 2 FG's then AlaBubba would NOT be the National Champion right now.

Everyone thought the Gators were going to hang 50 to 60 points on us last season but it did NOT even come close to happening and if JC had been passing the ball like he did against Georgia then we would have left the swamp with a WIN.

In 1998 exactly NOBODY thought that our Tennessee Vols would do much of anything with Manning gone to the NFL and some guy named Tee martin at QB but we made it to the National Championship game.

In the NC game everyone thought Bobby Bowden and Florida State was going to stomp our butts but that did NOT happen and we WON the National Championship.

STUFF your negative, defeatist attitudes in the garbage because you do NOT know and NOBODY knows just what our Big Orange warriors might put together and pull off against any team......on any given Saturday.

GO BIG ORANGE !!!

You are totally right about "any" given saturday. In that I agree but not 12 straight given saturdays. We have no qb, and it takes time. Defenses are going to line 7 guys in the box and make us beat them in the air while stopping the run. The SEC is full of speed and this first half of the year will be brutal. I trully hope I'm wrong but I have us 2-6 going into the Memphis game and winning out to a 6-6 record.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

None of the other skill, (yards after catch, etc.) matter if they don't snare the pig.

Nothing is more heart-breaking on 3rd and 7 to see a sure 1st down dribble to the turf.

ArkyVol73 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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We aren't being negative. Tennessee sportsman gave his opinion on this years win-loss record, and some of us disagree. That's not negative. How can someone guarantee 8 wins on a team that lost it's top 2 running backs,(1 in the NFL) it's top 2 QBs, and its entire line with a MUCH tougher schedule when we only won 7 last year. If we aren't careful the Oregon game couls be a real beat down. That's our toughest game of the year.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

None of the other skill, (yards after catch, etc.) matter if they don't snare the pig.

Nothing is more heart-breaking on 3rd and 7 to see a sure 1st down dribble to the turf.

I dont care for the bounce pass either.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to ArkyVol73:

We aren't being negative. Tennessee sportsman gave his opinion on this years win-loss record, and some of us disagree. That's not negative. How can someone guarantee 8 wins on a team that lost it's top 2 running backs,(1 in the NFL) it's top 2 QBs, and its entire line with a MUCH tougher schedule when we only won 7 last year. If we aren't careful the Oregon game couls be a real beat down. That's our toughest game of the year.

I agree with you. If someone posts their opinion on why UT will only win 6 or 7 games, they get blasted about being negative and not a true fan. Its called being a realist. We lost the whole offensive line, our top 2 running backs, and have 2 qb's who've never taken a snap for UT in a game. The poster is right that noone knows what UT's record will be, but try using some logic instead of basing your opinion on "Any given Saturday anything can happen" We all know that, but I am trying to be a realist and am just as much a fan as anyone who thinks UT will win 8 or more next year. I dont agree with those who blast the coaching staff when they havent had a chance to prove themselves. At least we arent having to try to defend them like the last staff.

ArkyVol73 writes:

in response to ArkyVol73:

We aren't being negative. Tennessee sportsman gave his opinion on this years win-loss record, and some of us disagree. That's not negative. How can someone guarantee 8 wins on a team that lost it's top 2 running backs,(1 in the NFL) it's top 2 QBs, and its entire line with a MUCH tougher schedule when we only won 7 last year. If we aren't careful the Oregon game couls be a real beat down. That's our toughest game of the year.

Let me explain why I say that. It's early in the year and our timing "may" or may not be at our best and looming the next weekend is the gators. We maybe looking ahead. The coaches will have to really earn their pay to keep that from happening.

jdcdjc writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

The Big Orange will be fine with these WR's and the team will be tough, hard, and razor sharp by Sept. UT will have 8 or more wins, BOOK IT!

GO VOLS!

I bleed ORANGE just as much as anyone, but with the situation we are in and by the way have yu checked our schedule for next year, I sure hope you are right on the 8 wins but I am afraid its a little of a reach.

ArkyVol73 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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I'm not gonna keep kicking a dead horse, but imo we are really going to struggle this year. I know we have "great" in a couple of areas; receivers and running backs, but we don't have the entire package. Offensive line, QB, and EXPERIENCE. Heck we talk about playing a close game in Flo. last year. That was only on the scoreboard. The game I saw we were never in the game. Tewbow was about to score and fumbled on the 2 yard line with the score 24-6. That's not close. We made it respectable. My point is unless you score points you can't win. We have no defined QB yet and a inexperienced line. Is a year of struggling Dooley's fault. Of coarse not! You can have the best running back in the country(out of high school) and he may not do anything, and he didn't. The best QBs in their first years did nothing, why do we think it's going to change this year. Manning, Elway,Stafford,Tebow,Snead,and that qb from LSU, can't think of his name all struggled their first year. We don't have the overall package yet, we have the talent but not the experience. This isn't high school any more.

OrangePsyched writes:

Farragut...the problem with you is this is an article about UT. Do you ever comment on the Alabama blogs? I wouldn't know because I'm a UT fan and have no interest in going on a bama site. You don't comment in the interest of a football discussion. You come on here to gloat and incite. No one on here ever mentions Bama or Satan until on of you turd fans come on here talking smack.

UTATO93 writes:

I am a true fan, but I am tired of hearing about how tough this schedule is. It is really no different than last years:

1. WKU = UT Martin

2. Oregon is better than UCLA, but it was still a loss last year. So it is the same.

3. Florida may not be as good as last year, plus it is home. So it is equal and does not add one to the loss column from last year.

4. UAB will not be any tougher than Ohio. A win is a win.

5. LSU is tougher than Auburn especially on the Road but this was stil a loss last year.

6. Georgia will be about the same, defense will still be bad and offense not much better. Will be in Atens so a little tougher. But still a winnable game.

7. Alabama - at home but still tough and a loss last year, so not that much difference.

8. South Carolina - just like Georgia, will be about the same but on the road so a harder game, but still winnable.

9. Memphis - same as last year, will be at the Liberty Bowl but our West Tennessee fans take over. A win.

10. Ole Miss - much different than last year. Rebs are not the same team, plus come to Knoxville. Should be a chance to pick up a win from last year.

11. Vanderbilt - should be a win and a chance for Middle Tennessee fans to see the Vols.

12. Kentucky - Should not be as good as last year plus in Knoxville. Another Win.

Five Wins (UTM, Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, Vandy), plus one against Ole Miss equal 6. Win only one against SC or Georgia and we equal last year. Beat both of them we surpass last year and have a great season. With an upset of only one of the four tougher games and it adds to even a better year. It can be done, 6-4 with two swing games and a hope for an upset or two.

Its Dooley Time!

allvol32 writes:

in response to naffy:

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Same tired cr@p, different day...can't you come up with anything new to irritate everyone with?

Smokey_Told_Me writes:

in response to UTATO93:

I am a true fan, but I am tired of hearing about how tough this schedule is. It is really no different than last years:

1. WKU = UT Martin

2. Oregon is better than UCLA, but it was still a loss last year. So it is the same.

3. Florida may not be as good as last year, plus it is home. So it is equal and does not add one to the loss column from last year.

4. UAB will not be any tougher than Ohio. A win is a win.

5. LSU is tougher than Auburn especially on the Road but this was stil a loss last year.

6. Georgia will be about the same, defense will still be bad and offense not much better. Will be in Atens so a little tougher. But still a winnable game.

7. Alabama - at home but still tough and a loss last year, so not that much difference.

8. South Carolina - just like Georgia, will be about the same but on the road so a harder game, but still winnable.

9. Memphis - same as last year, will be at the Liberty Bowl but our West Tennessee fans take over. A win.

10. Ole Miss - much different than last year. Rebs are not the same team, plus come to Knoxville. Should be a chance to pick up a win from last year.

11. Vanderbilt - should be a win and a chance for Middle Tennessee fans to see the Vols.

12. Kentucky - Should not be as good as last year plus in Knoxville. Another Win.

Five Wins (UTM, Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, Vandy), plus one against Ole Miss equal 6. Win only one against SC or Georgia and we equal last year. Beat both of them we surpass last year and have a great season. With an upset of only one of the four tougher games and it adds to even a better year. It can be done, 6-4 with two swing games and a hope for an upset or two.

Its Dooley Time!

I totally agree with your post. I feel that if we make a big improvement in just one area, special teams, then we may see an 8 win season. More field goals will make a huge difference. (We are both frat brothers... I am ATO from 1969.)

...Smokey knows where the bones are buried.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Well, the Elephant man was nationally known, it only makes sense that it would be the same for the elephant team.

As for national APPEAL, um, no. If you aren't from Alabama, or attended Alabama, you aren't a fan of Alabama.

I've never seen a school with less ability to pick up bandwagon fans.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to UTATO93:

I am a true fan, but I am tired of hearing about how tough this schedule is. It is really no different than last years:

1. WKU = UT Martin

2. Oregon is better than UCLA, but it was still a loss last year. So it is the same.

3. Florida may not be as good as last year, plus it is home. So it is equal and does not add one to the loss column from last year.

4. UAB will not be any tougher than Ohio. A win is a win.

5. LSU is tougher than Auburn especially on the Road but this was stil a loss last year.

6. Georgia will be about the same, defense will still be bad and offense not much better. Will be in Atens so a little tougher. But still a winnable game.

7. Alabama - at home but still tough and a loss last year, so not that much difference.

8. South Carolina - just like Georgia, will be about the same but on the road so a harder game, but still winnable.

9. Memphis - same as last year, will be at the Liberty Bowl but our West Tennessee fans take over. A win.

10. Ole Miss - much different than last year. Rebs are not the same team, plus come to Knoxville. Should be a chance to pick up a win from last year.

11. Vanderbilt - should be a win and a chance for Middle Tennessee fans to see the Vols.

12. Kentucky - Should not be as good as last year plus in Knoxville. Another Win.

Five Wins (UTM, Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, Vandy), plus one against Ole Miss equal 6. Win only one against SC or Georgia and we equal last year. Beat both of them we surpass last year and have a great season. With an upset of only one of the four tougher games and it adds to even a better year. It can be done, 6-4 with two swing games and a hope for an upset or two.

Its Dooley Time!

Pretty good summary there UTAT093!

Hey each to their own, IMO Tennessee will win 8 or more games! Yeah I'm saying BOOK IT and will take the bet. I'm an optismist always.

If you don't think UT will win 8 games, OK to bad. I believe this team will be better than last year!

Several on here want to know if I just picked 8 or more wins out of the sky and the answer is NO.

My prediction (and it's only a prediction) is wins over WKU, OR, UAB, GA, SC, Tiger High, MS, Vaaaanderbilt, KY; with close loses in Knoxville with FL and AL. I do think we lose at LSU, but keep in mind UT has done REAL WELL in Cajun Country over our history, even with average teams! ANY GIVEN SATURADY in the SEC is true, every team better come to play. It's Called NCAA Parity!

I beleive UT has one of the Big Upsets at Neyland this year. So that's 9 wins with losing to FL, AL and LSU, throw in one game we screwed up (ie like MS last year) and add one Big Upset (FL or AL at Neyland) Tennessee is 8 or 9 wins. I'm not counting a win in a bowl game on the 8 or more regular season wins, so add a win at the bowl.

IMO, the reason the VOLS are better this year is we will better at postions of QB, WR, TE, RB, DE, DT, LB, and the Kicking Game. Yeah I know all about the young OL, but these guys will be the biggest surprise of the year, All the QB's are impressed. WE HAVE TO STAY HEALTHY and that can be done!

The former 2009 HC lost the UCLA and Auburn games, not the players! IMO CDD, Chaney calling plays and the rest of the Staff is better with X's and O's and on-the-field coaching! It's no doubt CDD's way with back to the basics, hard training, hard hitting and simplification of the system will help so Players can ATTACK and do their job better. (Old Says: Keep it simple stupid)

I don't write off the BIG ORANGE HISTORY to rebound and I believe young players (freshmen and sophomores) make a much bigger difference now than in the past years at any Top Notch Program.

If you want to debate cool, but the idiot, stupid, orange colored glasses etc comments; I will fire back on!

Because none of us will be playing on Sat and that is for sure! I will be at every football game screaming my lungs out, expecting to win, will want to win and will support our team to win! Because this TEAM need us to BELIEVE the VOLS can win! Optimism is a good health thing that can be very contagious for a TEAM!

PUT THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN TO BED AND LET'S GO HUNTING DINNER! WE ARE UT!

So The BIG ORANGE will win 8 or more regular season games, BOOK IT, taking all bets!

GO VOLS!

orangeman1 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Pretty good summary there UTAT093!

Hey each to their own, IMO Tennessee will win 8 or more games! Yeah I'm saying BOOK IT and will take the bet. I'm an optismist always.

If you don't think UT will win 8 games, OK to bad. I believe this team will be better than last year!

Several on here want to know if I just picked 8 or more wins out of the sky and the answer is NO.

My prediction (and it's only a prediction) is wins over WKU, OR, UAB, GA, SC, Tiger High, MS, Vaaaanderbilt, KY; with close loses in Knoxville with FL and AL. I do think we lose at LSU, but keep in mind UT has done REAL WELL in Cajun Country over our history, even with average teams! ANY GIVEN SATURADY in the SEC is true, every team better come to play. It's Called NCAA Parity!

I beleive UT has one of the Big Upsets at Neyland this year. So that's 9 wins with losing to FL, AL and LSU, throw in one game we screwed up (ie like MS last year) and add one Big Upset (FL or AL at Neyland) Tennessee is 8 or 9 wins. I'm not counting a win in a bowl game on the 8 or more regular season wins, so add a win at the bowl.

IMO, the reason the VOLS are better this year is we will better at postions of QB, WR, TE, RB, DE, DT, LB, and the Kicking Game. Yeah I know all about the young OL, but these guys will be the biggest surprise of the year, All the QB's are impressed. WE HAVE TO STAY HEALTHY and that can be done!

The former 2009 HC lost the UCLA and Auburn games, not the players! IMO CDD, Chaney calling plays and the rest of the Staff is better with X's and O's and on-the-field coaching! It's no doubt CDD's way with back to the basics, hard training, hard hitting and simplification of the system will help so Players can ATTACK and do their job better. (Old Says: Keep it simple stupid)

I don't write off the BIG ORANGE HISTORY to rebound and I believe young players (freshmen and sophomores) make a much bigger difference now than in the past years at any Top Notch Program.

If you want to debate cool, but the idiot, stupid, orange colored glasses etc comments; I will fire back on!

Because none of us will be playing on Sat and that is for sure! I will be at every football game screaming my lungs out, expecting to win, will want to win and will support our team to win! Because this TEAM need us to BELIEVE the VOLS can win! Optimism is a good health thing that can be very contagious for a TEAM!

PUT THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN TO BED AND LET'S GO HUNTING DINNER! WE ARE UT!

So The BIG ORANGE will win 8 or more regular season games, BOOK IT, taking all bets!

GO VOLS!

I am seriously asking. Why do you think UT will be better at running back, QB, DE, DT, and LB. I see every one of those positions dropping off. You state it like its fact "we WILL be better" I can understand if you say "HOPE" or "could", but the losses of talent and lack of depth and experience lead me to believe those positions will be worse. At best, the positions are unkown. We have a whole Offensive line,qb, and Rb that have never started a football game in the SEC.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Couldnt have said it better myself. As long as people arent bashing the coach or team for no reason people should be able voice their opinion without being called negative. Bottom line is we will all have to wait and see how it turns out so be thankful for this beautiful weather and HOPE the Vols bring back some respect to the school.

luvorange writes:

in response to Lizardgrad89:

Well, the Elephant man was nationally known, it only makes sense that it would be the same for the elephant team.

As for national APPEAL, um, no. If you aren't from Alabama, or attended Alabama, you aren't a fan of Alabama.

I've never seen a school with less ability to pick up bandwagon fans.

Well, Lizard, I live in this state and they are picking up bandwagon fans here like velcro. Like the screen name, BTW.

footballfan34 writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

We've got the wideouts, but also a pretty good NFL prospect at tight end in Stocker. I hope our RB's learn to block as they will be staying in to help protect. Poole is very elusive and just needs a small seam and he's gone. Our defense is in capable hands. Smith will coach them up and give them real passion to play for the Orange and Wilcox will drive OC's crazy with his unorthodox schemes. CDD is making sure personally that we will be the best we've been in a long while with special teams. What's not to be optimistic about? I really believe that Dooley will have these guys playing like their hair's on fire. If you have seen film on him coaching he is really intense.

Dont bet the farm on Dooley. If you have been to any of the practices or scrimmages you would see why. The practices and scrimmages are depressing. There is no energy. I hope things will change but things are really worse than they appear.

tnsportsman writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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LOL, LOL, some 'A' Holes!

Come see me at the end of the year or put the cash up!

yeah BOOK IT, 8 or more wins!

GO VOLS!

OrangePride writes:

in response to UTATO93:

I am a true fan, but I am tired of hearing about how tough this schedule is. It is really no different than last years:

1. WKU = UT Martin

2. Oregon is better than UCLA, but it was still a loss last year. So it is the same.

3. Florida may not be as good as last year, plus it is home. So it is equal and does not add one to the loss column from last year.

4. UAB will not be any tougher than Ohio. A win is a win.

5. LSU is tougher than Auburn especially on the Road but this was stil a loss last year.

6. Georgia will be about the same, defense will still be bad and offense not much better. Will be in Atens so a little tougher. But still a winnable game.

7. Alabama - at home but still tough and a loss last year, so not that much difference.

8. South Carolina - just like Georgia, will be about the same but on the road so a harder game, but still winnable.

9. Memphis - same as last year, will be at the Liberty Bowl but our West Tennessee fans take over. A win.

10. Ole Miss - much different than last year. Rebs are not the same team, plus come to Knoxville. Should be a chance to pick up a win from last year.

11. Vanderbilt - should be a win and a chance for Middle Tennessee fans to see the Vols.

12. Kentucky - Should not be as good as last year plus in Knoxville. Another Win.

Five Wins (UTM, Memphis, UAB, Kentucky, Vandy), plus one against Ole Miss equal 6. Win only one against SC or Georgia and we equal last year. Beat both of them we surpass last year and have a great season. With an upset of only one of the four tougher games and it adds to even a better year. It can be done, 6-4 with two swing games and a hope for an upset or two.

Its Dooley Time!

Agree with your analysis on this UTA, but there are, as you point out, a LOT of IF's. The sky is not falling and Dooley, I think, is going to be a very good X's and O's coach. The one thing is that we do not have the same team or talent, or anything like it, in here this season as last. A lot of new faces on both sides of the line, untested QB, thinner than we thought at running back, and some defensive secondary issues to solve. All that makes those IF's just a little larger. So we will see how the staff patches this together. Here is what we do know. Dooley has A LOT more talent now than he ever had at his last job where he gave a lot of these highly ranked teams fits. We are all anxious to see just how we put the pieces together. GO VOLS!

tnsportsman writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I am seriously asking. Why do you think UT will be better at running back, QB, DE, DT, and LB. I see every one of those positions dropping off. You state it like its fact "we WILL be better" I can understand if you say "HOPE" or "could", but the losses of talent and lack of depth and experience lead me to believe those positions will be worse. At best, the positions are unkown. We have a whole Offensive line,qb, and Rb that have never started a football game in the SEC.

Orangeman1,

If you like discussing Big Orange Football in civil post like yours, e-mail me here if you want to. I'm not dealing with these trolls any longer about our BELOVED TENNESSEE!

Cool!

OrangePride writes:

I keep hearing about the "no talent" situation on this year's VOLS. Frankly, we are going into this year in very similar fashion as last. IF you all recall. Everyone thought we were a total bust at QB. Couldn't have been more negative. The O line was awful the year before and still a question mark with walk-ons and postition changes. Montario was servicable, but who realized how good he would actually be? Receivers........not special. We had Berry and a few exciting freshman and decent prospects at linebacker. But more question marks than answers. Sounds like a similar tune right now......so let's all just yell like hell for dem VOLS and watch them get constantly better as the year progresses.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to FreeTDTN:

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Are you Miss Cleo ?

Do you have a crystal ball that never fails ?

Have you won the last 10 lotteries in a row because you know everything ?

You do NOT know what our O line or QB will or can do.

Last season we had walkons starting on our O line and did pretty well.

The FACT is that you actually know NOTHING about how our Big Orange warriors will do because NOBODY knows right now including all our coaches since they still have 5 months to coach them up and iron out the problems.

Until you actually DO know something then go hang out on some other message board and spread your doom and gloom like all negative minded losers do just to try and make other people as totally miserable as you obviously are !

GO BIG ORANGE !!!

UTSmokey04 writes:

If there was an "upset" to be had, I'd say it's at LSU. That team offensively put up worse numbers than any of our scrimmages at their spring game.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

in response to footballfan34:

Dont bet the farm on Dooley. If you have been to any of the practices or scrimmages you would see why. The practices and scrimmages are depressing. There is no energy. I hope things will change but things are really worse than they appear.

I'm going to call you out on this as total phooey !

All the practices and scrimmages have been CLOSED to everyone including the press so you just made up this total phooey.

Take your traveling roadshow of total phooey elsewhere troll !

GO BIG ORANGE !!!

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