Vols targeting Moore

Wideout, Simms try to get in sync

Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore waits on the bench in the final minutes against Virginia Tech during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. UT lost the game 37-14.

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Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore waits on the bench in the final minutes against Virginia Tech during the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 in Atlanta. UT lost the game 37-14.

Expect to see more of Denarius Moore this fall.

It was readily apparent to onlookers during Saturday's scrimmage that Tennessee's coaches want to get the speedy senior wideout more involved, especially as a downfield threat who can stretch defenses.

Moore only had two receptions for 53 yards on Saturday but was a frequent target for downfield passes from quarterback Matt Simms, who struggled to connect with any receiver throughout the scrimmage, completing eight of 25 passes.

Moore, a former high school sprinter who never shies away from discussing his athleticism, said his speed could take some getting used to for Simms.

"That might be a big difference, trying to see where my speed is coming out of breaks," said Moore, who was even more involved Saturday because UT's other projected starter, senior Gerald Jones, was out with an ankle sprain. "It's just something we have to get used to and get our timing down."

Moore led the Vols in 2009 with seven touchdowns and was second among UT's regular rotation of receivers with a 13.5 yards-per-reception average.

Moore has another week of spring practice to work out the kinks with Simms, and summer workouts to further fine-tune their game. Often, skill position players can accomplish as much in the summer as they do during spring practice.

"We're pretty close," Moore said. "We've just got to pick up like we did last year, staying after practice and getting some extra reps, getting our timing down."

If Simms can't work out his chemistry with Moore and UT's other receivers, it could open up the door for freshman Tyler Bray, who has certainly turned some heads with his overall accuracy this spring.

Bray was 10-of-19 for 87 yards, a touchdown and an interception Saturday.

"He's actually coming in doing real good, better than I thought he was going to do," Moore said of Bray.

Another freshman, receiver Matt Milton, also has garnered strong reviews from his teammate.

"To be honest with you, he reminds me of me coming in," Moore said.

At first, the comparison was a bit curious. When reminded that Milton is listed at 6-foot-5 and could be taller, the 6-1 Moore said, "Oh yeah, he's a little taller - a little slower - but still he's got the mindset."

Hit List: Much like former UT safety Eric Berry last year, sophomore Janzen Jackson is lining up in more of a strong safety/linebacker role at times this spring. Jackson played a deep free safety role last season like Berry did during 2007 and 2008, his freshman and sophomore seasons.

The move allows Jackson to deliver more big hits within the tackle box, a role he's well suited for and very comfortable with.

Also like Berry last season, Jackson has no complaints about his new role, nor the coach - defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox - who is molding one of UT's most talented young players.

Jackson said he's grown fond of Wilcox and offered a reason why.

"The fact that he's more player-oriented," said Jackson, apparently comparing Wilcox to last year's defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin. "He's not always into the coverage. He goes around, jokes with all the players and stuff."

Up Front Update: UT head coach Derek Dooley doesn't believe the troubles that have plagued his inexperienced offensive line will continue forever. Eventually, talent should overcome.

"I think we have some talented guys up front so at some point we're going to see progress as long as those guys keep working together," Dooley said. "We had some problems with the snap, which upset me a little bit. That's probably my biggest concern, is the center position."

The Vols have used several different players at center this spring, including Victor Thomas, Jarrod Shaw, Daniel Hood and Cody Pope. Thomas, a converted defensive tackle, started at center during Saturday's scrimmage.

Poole Time: Don't tell tailback Tauren Poole that UT's defense is too multiple this spring. The junior just sees that as a way to improve the Vols' offensive front.

"It's unbelievable," Poole said. "I think that's good for us because we need to see that. We're going to see that in the fall a lot - a lot. I think it helps us to learn and open up communication."

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SEC1 writes:

Did you say Sims was 8 for 25? WOW!!!

tnsportsman writes:

IMO, Simms will be fine when his timing is down, Bray will push to start and be ready during the season if needed. The WR's, RB's and Luke at TE are top notch! I think the O Line will be the big surprise of the year.

GO VOLS!

Cldvols1 writes:

Yea Simms will be fine, there's too much fuss over his play right now. Good to hear Bray is coming along nicely. I look for him to be an All SEC caliber QB before he's done at UT. Go Vols!!!

SEC1 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

IMO, Simms will be fine when his timing is down, Bray will push to start and be ready during the season if needed. The WR's, RB's and Luke at TE are top notch! I think the O Line will be the big surprise of the year.

GO VOLS!

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

Define "near sided"... LOL Silly troll.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to SEC1:

Did you say Sims was 8 for 25? WOW!!!

Troll

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to FirstAndGoal:

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Agreed, I'm willing to deal with the growing pains these next few years also. Things cycle, so what can you do? It's not going to keep me from being a fan and supporting my team. Just bought my season tix the other day! GBO!!!

hokies4ever writes:

Get a life and eat chit and die GBO

hokies4ever writes:

in response to hokies4ever:

Get a life and eat chit and die GBO

This was for SEC1

RaineyVol writes:

WOW!! Simms is on the way to the NFL!

SEC1 writes:

in response to V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO:

Agreed, I'm willing to deal with the growing pains these next few years also. Things cycle, so what can you do? It's not going to keep me from being a fan and supporting my team. Just bought my season tix the other day! GBO!!!

Two Spread Offense in two weeks will be tough, Remember Auburn last year when KITTEN had to call timeout just to give the DEFENSE a blow? This will likely happen vs Oregon, FL.

hokies4ever writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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YOU TELL HIM NAVAL!!!!!!!!!!!

worldwideturd writes:

I hope Palardy is all that he has been advertised. His strong leg and Dooley's committment to having good special teams are going to have to help this bunch out. Otherwise, we could be staring down the barrel of 3-9 or 4-8.

SEC1 writes:

in response to hokies4ever:

YOU TELL HIM NAVAL!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah you're right, they've never lost 8 but like they say "it's a first time for everything" and the way that program is looking you can say 8 losses here we come! Now keep in mind you were 5 and 7 a couple of years ago so call me a genius but 7 losses is not to far from 8. Now we Gators in Gainesville must go to sleep. Goodnight!

FWBVol writes:

Justin Wilcox doesn't hasn't been alive as long as Monte's been a DC, but that means little considering that most of Monte's time has been in the NFL.

I believe Wilcox, because he's coached in the Mountain Spread, I mean West, Conference is better suited to coach against the difference hybrid offenses he'll see at Florida, Ole Miss and even South Carolina.

If our linebackers are healthy our starting D will be fine. The biggest concern will be depth on both sides of the ball.

The development of Simms and Bray or one of the other QBs is key. We should be good at RB and WR.

Yes, it could be a tough year, but then again sometimes when there are no expectations is when a team sneaks up on people. I'm not saying it will happen, but I don't think we will be as bad as a lot of people are crying about.

I'm guessing at worst 5-7, and, if everything falls into place, at best 8-4.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to SEC1:

Did you say Sims was 8 for 25? WOW!!!

It's going to happen right now...way are you so bent about it?? Simms isn't ready. Neither is Bray. Nor the O-line.

None of this stuff is news. No one with any sense expects next fall to be easy for us. OTOH, we might see some progress, maybe win a game or two we should not win.

These are still SEC-caliber athletes, even if not the top-tier. Will they believe in their coaches?? Will they man up for the tough games??

I don't believe Dooley is a pushover in any sense; nor is Wilcox. They are also NOT stupid men.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

BTW, I gotta add: I admire a coach who has made zero excuses while losing his starting right tackle, a QB competitor, and his starting running back to mental issues. Add to that the loss of Berry and Rogan to the NFL, and you are losing at least 4 starters or of 22.

Dooley may be only worth a mid-major look, we'll see. But, that part of him I like, even if it hurts the program. I mean, damn, don't kiss a kid's butt to win a game here and there. Be a man, build the program in your image.

orangecountyvols writes:

SEC 1

Do you really think we care what you think, say, or
believe?

Your opinion and rambling means a total of nothing here.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

im a tyler bray fan, he's tall, accurate, and can sorta scramble if needed (mobile), I think he should start this fall if he can gain some leadership. I am a fan of starting freshmen because by the time their juniors and seniors, they will be unstopable, we already know that this is not going to be ut's year, I think most fans will be happy with a 6-6 record, so what do we have to lose, give bray a chance :)

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

"You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others"
Well, one thing we did NOT lose was our abundence of ignorant trolls.

CroKev writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

At first it sounds like you might know a little about college football but the 'dagger in the heart of that opinion' is your silly comment, "UAB = close either way." UAB? UAB?! We're talking about a team roughly on the same level as UT Martin. After that silliness, no one really takes you seriously anymore.
BTW, how many other SEC sites do you troll? Do you work full-time? As a Vol fan I barely have enough time to check out this site. Do you camp out on Ole Miss', LSU's, Arkansas', etc. sites. Hey, I could probably find some Big 10 sites for you as well. What exactly do you do for a living?

CroKev writes:

Hey Vol fans, do any of you guys know if UF or Bama have a site for their fans. I know it's a bit of a stretch because it requires some computer skills but you never know; maybe one of their alums could handle it. In case you do know of a site, though, could you post it here so that these guys will know where to go. Evidently, SEC1, NoSirree, DC, etc. took a wrong turn somewhere and I'm concerned that they find their way home.

bigvol662004 writes:

Simms will most definitely be fine. After all, this was a scrimmage! I seem to recall a GAME Peyton Manning had against South Carolina in which he had eerily similar stats and UT STILL WON! Simms' stats are meaningless at this juncture and even if he does falter later on in his progression, Bray seems to be capable of piling up the stats so many seem to be enamored with. However, stats don't win ballgames; talent and scoring more than the other TEAM does! An 8-25 day in spring ball won't break Tennessee's chances for a certain level of success this fall. Besides, this article speaks more of the weaknesses in the O-line at the center position and etc. than of Simms' inconsistency. Go Big Orange!

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to SEC1:

Did you say Sims was 8 for 25? WOW!!!

isn't that great!

he just surpassed tim dweebo's senior season numbers. the same dweebo that won the heisman trophy without ever placing his hand under center and finally learning his throwing motion two months before the draft.

back on subject: i think that since the d-fence is throwing the kitchen sink at these QBs in practice, the reps they are getting are quality reps that will pay off on saturday. can't wait to see these guys this saturday.

cloudodust writes:

in response to SEC1:

Did you say Sims was 8 for 25? WOW!!!

What continues to amaze me are the ignorant ones who fail to understand the chemistry which is developed between WR's and QB's that only repetiton and practice bring, especially with players that are only beginning to learn each other on the field of play. With the WR upperclass and the incoming Freshman class, the sky's the limit for Tennessee WR'ers QB's. Just takes time and CDD must learn the best combinations. Ask McElroy and Jones, Alabama circa 2009.

Ayres_Hall writes:

We'll be a better prepared team, better disciplined, better managed (schemed), and stronger mentally than in several years. But will we be able to handle the fact that we are inferior in overall talent and depth? That is the real question and will be the real test in 2010.

TLepage writes:

Sounds like people are starting to buy-in with our coaching philosophy on both sides of the ball..... Hopefully, we will reap the benefits of this in the fall... Go Vols!!!!

iowavol writes:

in response to CroKev:

At first it sounds like you might know a little about college football but the 'dagger in the heart of that opinion' is your silly comment, "UAB = close either way." UAB? UAB?! We're talking about a team roughly on the same level as UT Martin. After that silliness, no one really takes you seriously anymore.
BTW, how many other SEC sites do you troll? Do you work full-time? As a Vol fan I barely have enough time to check out this site. Do you camp out on Ole Miss', LSU's, Arkansas', etc. sites. Hey, I could probably find some Big 10 sites for you as well. What exactly do you do for a living?

You give him too much credit. He lost credibility with me at "sided". An imbecile by orders of magnitude.

Bigger_Al writes:

Glad to see the good reviews on Bray and his accuracy. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel.

illinoisvolfan writes:

Has anyone heard anything on Marsalis Teague? Hopefully, he's still in the mix at WR. I really didn't think he was used enough last season and was hoping for a breakout spring from him. He's got good hands and blocks well, especially for a receiver.

QB_10 (Inactive) writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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Bob, i am glad you are an optimist,but reality will settle in soon enough. Players Win Games and Coaches Loose Games...Get ready for a long season with a lot of what if's, this team is just nmot that good..as phil collins has said " i have seen with my own 2 eyes." Players are starting to doubt other players, which leads to implosion..folks Dooley keeps the media away because he is not the most secure guy. Nothing against the guy, but at least CPF and CLK did not treat this as a law firm trying to get ready for a closing argument. You will see that Dooley and Kiffin have one thing in common, it is called the " Lucky Sperm Club"

abnermc writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

Check back w/ us "dudes" on Dec. 4th.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Justin Wilcox doesn't hasn't been alive as long as Monte's been a DC, but that means little considering that most of Monte's time has been in the NFL.

I believe Wilcox, because he's coached in the Mountain Spread, I mean West, Conference is better suited to coach against the difference hybrid offenses he'll see at Florida, Ole Miss and even South Carolina.

If our linebackers are healthy our starting D will be fine. The biggest concern will be depth on both sides of the ball.

The development of Simms and Bray or one of the other QBs is key. We should be good at RB and WR.

Yes, it could be a tough year, but then again sometimes when there are no expectations is when a team sneaks up on people. I'm not saying it will happen, but I don't think we will be as bad as a lot of people are crying about.

I'm guessing at worst 5-7, and, if everything falls into place, at best 8-4.

It's kind of a wait and see with Wilcox...In big games Boise did well on defense but Against Fresno they gave up 3 TD's on 60 plus yard runs from scrimmage..Dooley and Tech put up 35 points on them..I see the Vols as a .500 team next year and Iam alright with that considering the competition

abnermc writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

Check back w/ us "dudes" December 4th

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

The key part of the article was SUMMER WORKOUTS..It's well known that QB's and receivers workout on their own in the summer and that where you develop timing and rhythm..It didn't work for Crompton but it can only help new guys like Simms and Bray..There is only so much you can get done in the spring and I would not be surprised to see the offense look pretty bad in the spring game but any real football fan should know the spring game is mainly used to learn how to shuttle players and special teams; learn how to line up properly; basically to simulate on the field real game activity using sideline signals;practicing audibles;getting in and out the huddle in a timely manner...Stats at the end game are misleading

givehim6 writes:

in response to SEC1:

Yeah you're right, they've never lost 8 but like they say "it's a first time for everything" and the way that program is looking you can say 8 losses here we come! Now keep in mind you were 5 and 7 a couple of years ago so call me a genius but 7 losses is not to far from 8. Now we Gators in Gainesville must go to sleep. Goodnight!

Yes good night swamp lizard you know I think you guys going to have some problems yourselves, even your coach said your new QB was not good enough to handle things himself that's why you guys will be using 2 QB's like went Leek and Tebow played. And who is this guy trying to play Tebow? A converted TE?

SickEmSmokey writes:

This is how I see it:

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. UT fans are one. Nothing will change that, no matter what the numbers look like this season. In my opinion, the thing holding our Vols back this year from an SEC Championship rematch with either Alabama or LSU is EXPERIENCE. None of us are giving this coaching staff the credit they deserve. Putting together a top ten recruiting class, finally getting some positive work out of the O-line and Defense. One more thing, they've had 2 MONTHS to do it! We're capable of great things here soon, and people can laugh about our coach all they want. They're running an elite program and it will show here soon. We'll be the ones laughing when offers are pouring in to our coaches. I agree, this may not be the best year of Tennessee football but don't doubt these players that they won't play like it. I'm expecting; out of the 3 huge home games (Bama, UF, Oregon), 2 of these can be a W in the column. Add in some big games at LSU, at Georgia, at SC and you've got yourself a ball team. Don't complain about the schedule, the team, or the season. We're all in this together. Our Vols WILL prevail.

Sick 'Em Smokey!
ARRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Tellicovol writes:

Maybe Stephens left too soon.

jack_2222#231746 writes:

Monte, frankly, was at a loss on how to defend the spread. I imagine it's going to dominate his summer. Loved the guy but the spread was flat out a new experience for Monte despite all his coaching years.

VolGrad writes:

in response to Biggunzz44:

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You're entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong. Your prognostication is in error as witnessed by our recent recruiting classes. Fulmer had his run, but the bulk of those titles took place while Coach Cutcliffe was OC. Consider the following:

Phillip Fulmer's coaching Record...
Overall, 152 W - 52 L (74.5%)
With Coach Cutcliffe, 86 W - 19 L (81.9%)
Without Coach Cutcliffe, 66 W - 33 L (67%)

Without CC running the offense, Fulmer was mediocre at best and lost a number of key games that we should have won, including to Bama and Florida. That was his downfall.

These are the facts; they are not in dispute.

GBO

DC_Vol writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

SEC1 = Loser

Your predictions are ridiculous. There is a significant amount of talent on this UT Team. We have been recruiting top 20 talent the past four years. My concern is not about the athleticism of the players, but the ability of the new coaches to mentor the plethora of talent at most of UT's positions.

Go back to sleep, because based on your post you were obviously dreaming.

Dream about this!!! SEC1 (you) = Complete Loser in the game of Life.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to VolGrad:

You're entitled to your opinion even if you are wrong. Your prognostication is in error as witnessed by our recent recruiting classes. Fulmer had his run, but the bulk of those titles took place while Coach Cutcliffe was OC. Consider the following:

Phillip Fulmer's coaching Record...
Overall, 152 W - 52 L (74.5%)
With Coach Cutcliffe, 86 W - 19 L (81.9%)
Without Coach Cutcliffe, 66 W - 33 L (67%)

Without CC running the offense, Fulmer was mediocre at best and lost a number of key games that we should have won, including to Bama and Florida. That was his downfall.

These are the facts; they are not in dispute.

GBO

Great post! I have always thought that Cutcliffe was the brains behind Fulmer. Fact: UT always performed exceedingly better with Cutcliffe running the offensive show than when Fulmer made the decisions.

BiGguns won't have the guts to respond directly to your factual and extremely accurate post.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Hey Rich how you doing? We usually agree in our posts.

Well I must say that your I found your post earie. I have often wondered what a combination of Cutcliffe as Head Coach and Chavez as DC and Fulmer where he is now (out of the game) would have produced in the win column. I am certain more SEC titles for one.

All those years with the best talent in the country (hard to write but like Florida talent now), where we underperformed. I believe one year we were ranked 3rd in the country and finished the season 5-7.

Fulmer just phoned it in that year. Assumed he had all the talent in the world, which by the way he did, and coaching wasn't necessary. Fulmer thought they would win by the sheer excess of talent and just run over everybody. Didn't happen that way, you have to work at every level of life. Fulmer decided to take that year off.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to illinoisvolfan:

Has anyone heard anything on Marsalis Teague? Hopefully, he's still in the mix at WR. I really didn't think he was used enough last season and was hoping for a breakout spring from him. He's got good hands and blocks well, especially for a receiver.

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere he is on the D side now at safety because of the inexperience there and he played that in highschool. I think the WR's will be fine without him!

VolGrad writes:

in response to DC_Vol:

Great post! I have always thought that Cutcliffe was the brains behind Fulmer. Fact: UT always performed exceedingly better with Cutcliffe running the offensive show than when Fulmer made the decisions.

BiGguns won't have the guts to respond directly to your factual and extremely accurate post.

I don't want anyone to misunderstand me. I am not a Fulmer-hater. He was a great Head Coach, and player loyalty is a reflection of that. However, without a disciplinarian (like Cutcliffe) running the offense, Fulmer consistently failed to develop talent and produce inspired play on that side of the ball. This was no more evident than in Cutcliffe's return for a two year stint in '06 and '07: these two years were bookended by 5-6 and 5-7 seasons. Compare that to 19-8 for '06 and '07 combined (w/Cut).

Figures don't lie. Liars don't figure.

RickyHite writes:

if bray were to start b4 putting on a little weight one good hit would destroy him

Southland writes:

calm down folks SEC1 did what he wanted to do. He is correct in that we will struggle. Dont be suprised if UAB plays us close. They have before. Don't give up on Dooley if we have a rough year. Last year was nothing to brag about and we had a bunch of "superstars" coaching. It will take us a couple of years to get out of the mess we are in. Remember Bama had to go thru several years of down years. Saban took over a team that already had the talent. We don't have the talent across the board yet. We have some really good players but we dont have a really good team yet.

tripsavol3#650322 writes:

in response to SEC1:

Dude I admire your optimism but there is no way you can have success in the SEC with a high school O line and a juco QB who is either near sided or badly in need of a eye exam because 8 of 25 is bad news. You guys lost Berry, Williams, Hardesty, McCoy amongst others so keep in mind these guys couldn't even hold off a UCLA team that left K-town with a win. Now what makes you think that a less talented and depleted Vols team will beat a much better Oregon team than UCLA was? Yes I know Masoli won't play but they will still beat you. TN Martin scrimmage, Oregon = loss, Florida = loss, UAB = close either way, LSU =loss, GA = loss, BAMA = loss, SC = loss, Memphis = win, MISS = loss, Vandy = win, KY = with the help of your beloved T Martin (QB coach) kentucky finally gets you.

Tee Martin is the wide receivers coach and by the way. What is near sided?

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