Dooley system: Go with what works

UT's coach favored run at Louisiana Tech

The philosophies aren't really negotiable.

On offense Derek Dooley will establish the run first and foremost.

Defensively Tennessee will attack the quarterback, and it will lean on the special teams for big plays and controlling field position.

The new Vols coach might be somewhat flexible as to just how he will handle those basic tenets in his first season though, particularly because he doesn't yet have a complete staff, a full recruiting class or a firm grasp on his existing personnel. Even his last season at Louisiana Tech makes it difficult to project what a Dooley-coached team might look like in September.

"Offensively, he did what worked," current Bulldogs and former Vols receiver Ahmad Paige said. "It seemed like from week to week he constantly changed because we did things that worked.

"He got the tight ends the ball, then he'd run the ball, and we'd do things that could keep us in the game. He would bring up great schemes that would help us, and we didn't really throw it around a lot, but we didn't necessarily have the quarterback with the arm to do it. It wasn't that he didn't want to do it, we just didn't have the personnel to do it. He just did what worked."

More than anything that was pound the ball on the ground last year, and the Bulldogs' run-to-pass ratio was heavily weighted to the former. Considering the talent Dooley will inherit in the UT backfield with Bryce Brown, Tauren Poole and David Oku, that probably won't change.

When the Bulldogs did throw, most often the target was a talented senior tight end who hauled in 12 of their 19 passing touchdowns. Thanks to Luke Stocker's Monday night decision to return to school for one more year, Dooley will have one of those at his disposal again.

But Dooley will have more talent on the perimeter than he was used to and coordinator Jim Chaney figures to have more input on the UT offense this season. So even if the building blocks are the same, the style could be considerably different.

"I believe in running the football, but I also believe at the end of the day that you have to build your offense around your good players and the guys that are going to make a difference," Dooley said. "That being said, I believe it's important to be multiple. The way defenses are today, if you're doing one thing, eventually they're going to stop it.

"So if you don't have a lot of things to go to, you're going to end up with some very sad, depressing Saturdays."

UT could be mixing it up on the other side of the ball as well.

Given ties to Alabama's Nick Saban for Dooley and linebackers coach Lance Thompson, there might even be a massive overhaul. Louisiana Tech operated out of a traditional 4-3 defense, but a switch to three linemen and four linebackers could at least be considered after Thompson helped install that successful system with the Crimson Tide.

"Everything starts with affecting the quarterback," Dooley said. "There's probably not a position out there that impacts the game (more) than that one, but (it's about) stopping the run, affecting the quarterback and creating turnovers.

"How you get there, there's a lot of ways to do it: 3-4, 4-3, you name it. The important thing is the players believe in the system we're in, that we're complex enough to be able to adjust to anything that's hurting us and we play with those intangibles. I think if we do those things we'll be a fun team to watch."

Right now the Vols are still just in the process of creating one.

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JohnsonCity_George writes:

Hey, whatever works!

tenuscvol writes:

I think he will put a good product on the field next year but it will be a year or so before it's great...going to be interesting to say the least.

OrangePsyched writes:

Don't like Bama or Saban personally, but have always respected what the program and coach have accomplished. Always used to look forward to the tradition of 3rd Saturday in Nov. till it changed and give Saban props as coach, sure am glad for Coach Dooley's tutelage under him. Once we get everyone we need our philosophy will mirror Saban in being run first, pressure QB and let special teams make big plays and dictate field position. Glad to know he is flexible until he is able to recruit the players for this. May have to wing it first couple of years. Still think we will end up with Top Ten recruiting class with a couple surprizes.

NoSirRee writes:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

BillyVol writes:

It doesn't matter what is reported, the nay sayers want their say. That is why most of them are losers.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

I'm afraid the bucks will come calling. The guy is bright and knows the game. He also knows the SEC and what football means in the South. I have always though Texas belonged in the SEC. But 12 teams is enough but there is the E/W thing that allows a Champion ship game. Anyway just looking for something to break this log jam in the recruiting process.

SuckTheseVols98 writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

What?

TheOpinion writes:

I'm hearing that Markeith Ambles has recommitted to UT.

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

I'm hearing that Markeith Ambles has recommitted to UT.

Link? Please...

TheOpinion writes:

in response to JohnsonCity_George:

Link? Please...

Just what I've heard on the sites. And he posted on his facebook "It's a party in the UTK"

bigorange61 writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

What are you smoking?

shaymous writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

What? Hope he isn't too successful? I hope he is VERY successful...

volsoutlaw writes:

I wonder if some people here know anything about football.

wayoutwill writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

I give you credit for posting the most idiotic thing I've ever read,commendable,considering the D.A.'s that post on here,but even the Chief Idiot,witchiepook,couldn't top these remarks,you begin by remarking that we are heading down the same old road that Alabama did,hmmm...like the road that led them to the National Championship?By the way,"pony up the big bucks"?--that's exactly what Alabama did,they made saban the highest paid Coach in the history of college football--but you top that ignorant statement by saying that "we better hope Dooley isn't too successful"--WHY IN GOD'S WORLD,WOULD WE HOPE HE WASN"T VERY SUCCESSFUL?LMAO!

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

put the pipe down and step away from the computer

chefjorge writes:

Not to be to nerdly justsayn, but I'm certain you mean 3rd Sat. in Oct. That said, Shaymous you've been hitting the Jameson too hard. Your logic is terribly convoluted. We won't win until we pony up big bucks and hope we don't anyway so that Dooley won't get hired away? So by your reasoning our life sucks and won't get better until we blow a lot of money on it. In the mean time, we hope it continues to suck, so that it won't have to really suck if it get's better and the guy that makes it better goes away. Dizzying. If he is successful, WE HAVE THE BIG BUCKS.

MidTennVol writes:

As one who is entirely dependent on online news about the program, I've yet to find a better reporter covering Tennessee football than Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

This guy has scooped the KNS time and time again. His articles and analysis consistently offer insights that are sadly missing here at govols.com.

On another note, consider this, from his article today about our very public, continuing search for coaches:

"The rumor mill quieted Wednesday, in large part because most sources close to the program stopped discussing names."

What does that tell you about leaks from the athletic department -- people who can't keep their mouths shut, who think it's cool to play footsie with reporters because it makes them feel important?

I hate to see the program get so publicly and nationally dissed so many times by coaching "candidates" turning us down through the news media. It's like nobody wants to go out with us. Our image has been through a rough couple of weeks.

Hamilton has not handled this well. From the get-go, names of HC candidates were leaked again and again and again. Every one who turned us down made national sports headlines.

Was that smart? Leaking all those names? Did it make the football program look like a desirable coaching opportunity? A strong, proud program that any outstanding coach would gladly join? A "destination" job?

And the pattern has continued into this week with Dooley's search for assistant coaches.

Hamilton needs to bring the hammer down and shut his people up. These leaks from "sources close to the program" are amateurish and embarrassing.

TommyJack writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

Dude. You may want to re-read your post.

tennesseebee writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

As one who is entirely dependent on online news about the program, I've yet to find a better reporter covering Tennessee football than Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

This guy has scooped the KNS time and time again. His articles and analysis consistently offer insights that are sadly missing here at govols.com.

On another note, consider this, from his article today about our very public, continuing search for coaches:

"The rumor mill quieted Wednesday, in large part because most sources close to the program stopped discussing names."

What does that tell you about leaks from the athletic department -- people who can't keep their mouths shut, who think it's cool to play footsie with reporters because it makes them feel important?

I hate to see the program get so publicly and nationally dissed so many times by coaching "candidates" turning us down through the news media. It's like nobody wants to go out with us. Our image has been through a rough couple of weeks.

Hamilton has not handled this well. From the get-go, names of HC candidates were leaked again and again and again. Every one who turned us down made national sports headlines.

Was that smart? Leaking all those names? Did it make the football program look like a desirable coaching opportunity? A strong, proud program that any outstanding coach would gladly join? A "destination" job?

And the pattern has continued into this week with Dooley's search for assistant coaches.

Hamilton needs to bring the hammer down and shut his people up. These leaks from "sources close to the program" are amateurish and embarrassing.

You make an extremely valid point, Denmark. Even though Tennessee is probably a destination job, the recent events which have occured could stereo-type us as the new Thug-U. Anyone heard anything on D-Coordinator?

rabidvol1998 writes:

Most of these quotes are from his first press conference. Can we get something new?

jobrando#216494 writes:

If he can find anything this year that will work it will be amazing. QB working will take a miracle

Trifecta_Storm writes:

in response to rabidvol1998:

Most of these quotes are from his first press conference. Can we get something new?

He's on the road recruiting so thats all they have to rely on from CDD was the first presser. I don't think we'll get new stuff until after signing day. Go Vols!!

gnm53108 writes:

I hate to say it but Derick sounds alot like another coach we use to have.

He'll have to learn some phrases like "pound the rock", "hat on a hat" ,"worken like heck"...

Just stay away from "get the ball to our playmakers in space"

txvolsfan writes:

in response to volsoutlaw:

I wonder if some people here know anything about football.

I gave up wondering that a long time ago. Look at some of the post, like I hope he isn't too successful because someone will steal him.

These people have NO clue about the game and NO clue about college football!!! PERIOD!!!!
GO VOLS
SUPPORT CDD
TXVOLSFAN
Win'em all coach

gnm53108 writes:

in response to volsoutlaw:

I wonder if some people here know anything about football.

I dont know,but I did hear that the team that scores the most points will win.

Love that Maddenism.

tmartin writes:

in response to gnm53108:

I hate to say it but Derick sounds alot like another coach we use to have.

He'll have to learn some phrases like "pound the rock", "hat on a hat" ,"worken like heck"...

Just stay away from "get the ball to our playmakers in space"

and "i'll have to watch the film first"

cloudodust writes:

IMHO, one of the fatal flaws with CPF's last season at Tennessee was evident in the change to it's offense under the Clawson Clusterbang Gaggle (Thanks for that Mr. Hamilton, but I digress). It is my hope that CDD keeps the 2009 offense sets and schemes intact and expounds upon it little by little. On the D side, I'm a bit perplexed today because we don't have anything set in stone. Opening day 2010 isn't to far off...

Docrok writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

Hey either you wanna be successful or you dont! If and when Dooley is successful enough to warrant the big bucks TN can shell it out!

Docrok writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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I am glad someone else realizes that Hamilton is not to fault for Kiffin leaving! Hamilton made the right hire with the information he had at the time! No one coulda guessed Kiffin would leave after a year and he was moving the program forward which is what we all wanted!

Docrok writes:

in response to cloudodust:

IMHO, one of the fatal flaws with CPF's last season at Tennessee was evident in the change to it's offense under the Clawson Clusterbang Gaggle (Thanks for that Mr. Hamilton, but I digress). It is my hope that CDD keeps the 2009 offense sets and schemes intact and expounds upon it little by little. On the D side, I'm a bit perplexed today because we don't have anything set in stone. Opening day 2010 isn't to far off...

Fulmer's fatal flaws started long before his final season! Rather than put him on life support for a few years by re-hiring Cutcliffe Hammy should fired him following the abysmal 2005 season which we started ranked #3 in the nation and wound up 5-7! Hamilton did not choose Clawson, who might I remind you is being very successful at Bowling Green in his first season!

Docrok writes:

in response to dirtdobber11:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

No way dude! The 3-4 is a more pressure style of defense! The Jets and The Ravens use the 3-4 and luckily I dont think there are any Peyton Mannings in College right now that can make you pay when you blitz! LOL

bigvol662004 writes:

I'm sure there are those of us that will find Coach Dooley's philosophy for this season a bit mundane, but considering the holes he has yet to fill, it's always safe to start small and gradually raise the bar. I have done a complete "180" on my thoughts behind Coach Dooley's hiring, for his stance and philosophy intrigue me. Once he finds a solid o-line and QB, then plugs the holes in the secondary and LB corps, we'll be ok....Good luck, Coach Dooley and Go Big Orange!

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

First, the "same old road" for Alabama was refusing to go outside the program thus they got Perkins, Dubose, and Shula. Not a single coach on our staff (so far) played at Tennessee and few even had prior ties to the SEC. Second, we offered a coordinator without 10 seconds of head coaching experience $3 million per year - I'd say that's pretty big bucks. Further, if Dooley is successful, I don't think Hamilton and the trustees will have any problem paying him what others are offering. I'm not sure how you want this to work out. You want him to win some games, but not enough to be lured away? You hope he fails miserably so we can be paying his contract (and Fulmer's and Kiffin's assistants) and STILL have the "big bucks" to hire your dream coach? Personally, I hope he's wildly successful and that we are blogging 3 years from now about how much we need to pay our great coach to keep him. Go Vols!!!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to volsoutlaw:

I wonder if some people here know anything about football.

That is not a requirement to post on this site. If it was all experts it would be very boring

CrankE writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

It's a good thing Fulmer wasn't too successful. Somebody else might have waved the big bucks and taken him from us. (sarcasm off)

It's always a spiral of success and money, one feeding the other. The only choice is to spiral up or down.

cloudodust writes:

in response to Docrok:

Fulmer's fatal flaws started long before his final season! Rather than put him on life support for a few years by re-hiring Cutcliffe Hammy should fired him following the abysmal 2005 season which we started ranked #3 in the nation and wound up 5-7! Hamilton did not choose Clawson, who might I remind you is being very successful at Bowling Green in his first season!

True on CPF's overall flaws beginning before Clawson, but I contend the sweeping change implemented with Clawson's offense did not fit the personal we had in place. That helped created the set back we experienced following 2007. Bowling Green is not Tennessee. Success in one arena does not translate to success in another. I'm saying you implement slowly, not sweeping. That's what contributed to Clawson's Clusterbang O of 2008. Like CDD suggests, you begin by playing into your personals strengths, not trying remake it overnight, i.e., Clawson 2008...

Troopervol70 writes:

I like the fact that he will be able to scheme our opponent, depending on the situation each week.

nocleats writes:

I just hope fans realize that Tenn is gonna be down talent wise this year and probably in 2011 also. Kiffin saw this coming also. NO depth in Oline or Dline, NONE!, No proven Wrs, Replacing QB and top RB and also both strong and free safety. That said looking at a schedule that includes Oregon, (pac 10 champs returning 19 starters and tons of depth and speed) Fla, Bama, LSU, South Carolina (away) Georgia (away) and Vandy who returns everybody. Plus Ky has alot of returning Srs.. Something tells me fans are not going to have realistic expectations and will be looking for scapegoats. Cheer the Vols LOUD as you can and support them through this time.. There are better days ahead, but it takes a mile and a half to turn a battleship around. GBO!!!!

Fryinpansvols writes:

This is a recipe for championship football. All we need now is all the ingredients. This is very similiar to what Jeff Fisher does in his system in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. Run the football to control the clock, bring defenders close to the line of scrimmage and then hit the short passing game with tight ends and receivers. Rush the quarterback to force turnovers, three and outs, and force the opposing offense to run the ball. This would help considering how young we will be in the secondary. Play sound special teams to control field position. Sounds like good ole smash mouth football to me. GBO!

nocleats writes:

in response to Fryinpansvols:

This is a recipe for championship football. All we need now is all the ingredients. This is very similiar to what Jeff Fisher does in his system in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. Run the football to control the clock, bring defenders close to the line of scrimmage and then hit the short passing game with tight ends and receivers. Rush the quarterback to force turnovers, three and outs, and force the opposing offense to run the ball. This would help considering how young we will be in the secondary. Play sound special teams to control field position. Sounds like good ole smash mouth football to me. GBO!

You are dead on,, I love that formula, but know that Even though Fishers teams had the best record in the NFL from 2000 through 2009, fans moaned and complained because their wins were not exciting enough compared to the teams that aired it out !! Crazy !!

gnm53108 writes:

in response to Fryinpansvols:

This is a recipe for championship football. All we need now is all the ingredients. This is very similiar to what Jeff Fisher does in his system in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans. Run the football to control the clock, bring defenders close to the line of scrimmage and then hit the short passing game with tight ends and receivers. Rush the quarterback to force turnovers, three and outs, and force the opposing offense to run the ball. This would help considering how young we will be in the secondary. Play sound special teams to control field position. Sounds like good ole smash mouth football to me. GBO!

Agree,but some label that as boring football.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to nocleats:

You are dead on,, I love that formula, but know that Even though Fishers teams had the best record in the NFL from 2000 through 2009, fans moaned and complained because their wins were not exciting enough compared to the teams that aired it out !! Crazy !!

Dang,you beat me to it.

AncientVol writes:

in response to NoSirRee:

We're going down the same old road teams like Alabama did. Until we decide to pony up the big bucks for a coach, we won't be at the top of the SEC. Also, let's hope Dooley isn't too successful, otherwise another team WILL put up the big bucks for him.

Big bucks are not a causative factor, as the bucks only follow success. The bucks paid Dooley are unrelated to what the Vols will accomplish because salary is unrelated to actual coaching. If we'd hired a $4 mil coach with a big rep it would not guarantee success any more than what we are going to achieve with Dooley.

DenverVol writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

As one who is entirely dependent on online news about the program, I've yet to find a better reporter covering Tennessee football than Wes Rucker of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

This guy has scooped the KNS time and time again. His articles and analysis consistently offer insights that are sadly missing here at govols.com.

On another note, consider this, from his article today about our very public, continuing search for coaches:

"The rumor mill quieted Wednesday, in large part because most sources close to the program stopped discussing names."

What does that tell you about leaks from the athletic department -- people who can't keep their mouths shut, who think it's cool to play footsie with reporters because it makes them feel important?

I hate to see the program get so publicly and nationally dissed so many times by coaching "candidates" turning us down through the news media. It's like nobody wants to go out with us. Our image has been through a rough couple of weeks.

Hamilton has not handled this well. From the get-go, names of HC candidates were leaked again and again and again. Every one who turned us down made national sports headlines.

Was that smart? Leaking all those names? Did it make the football program look like a desirable coaching opportunity? A strong, proud program that any outstanding coach would gladly join? A "destination" job?

And the pattern has continued into this week with Dooley's search for assistant coaches.

Hamilton needs to bring the hammer down and shut his people up. These leaks from "sources close to the program" are amateurish and embarrassing.

I totally agree about Wes Rucker. All of his articles are quality, well written and here's a kicker...informative. I definitely check every day to see what new news he has.

Docrok writes:

in response to cloudodust:

True on CPF's overall flaws beginning before Clawson, but I contend the sweeping change implemented with Clawson's offense did not fit the personal we had in place. That helped created the set back we experienced following 2007. Bowling Green is not Tennessee. Success in one arena does not translate to success in another. I'm saying you implement slowly, not sweeping. That's what contributed to Clawson's Clusterbang O of 2008. Like CDD suggests, you begin by playing into your personals strengths, not trying remake it overnight, i.e., Clawson 2008...

Well if you are on board with Dooley and him being our new leader I misunderstood you and I agree Clawsons success at Bowling Green does not translate into success here! However it is my opinion it was more Fulmer and his need to be so controlling!

DenverVol writes:

I'm disappointed to see Toney Williams' name was left out of the RB rotation. Wasn't the word coming out of fall practice that he was the best young RB we had. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off.

RoyaltyVol writes:

I noticed they are being really tight lipped on who they are now looking at for DC. Must have been someone get a butt chewing for leaking info on Steele is my guess.

Fryinpansvols writes:

in response to nocleats:

I just hope fans realize that Tenn is gonna be down talent wise this year and probably in 2011 also. Kiffin saw this coming also. NO depth in Oline or Dline, NONE!, No proven Wrs, Replacing QB and top RB and also both strong and free safety. That said looking at a schedule that includes Oregon, (pac 10 champs returning 19 starters and tons of depth and speed) Fla, Bama, LSU, South Carolina (away) Georgia (away) and Vandy who returns everybody. Plus Ky has alot of returning Srs.. Something tells me fans are not going to have realistic expectations and will be looking for scapegoats. Cheer the Vols LOUD as you can and support them through this time.. There are better days ahead, but it takes a mile and a half to turn a battleship around. GBO!!!!

Wow aren't you the optimist! I'm very realistic of what are football team is capable of and I think you might be pleasantly surprised. As for what returns on our squad we have more talent than you think. Breaking down position by position of what we have I will mention that we do have some experience returning for 2010. Starting up front with the Hogmollies our most inexperienced ground, we return only one starter but we do have Aaron Douglas who is and will be a very consistent run and pass blocker. Its your guess who might start along the rest of the line, but I have some other names to throw at you. William Brimfield, Daniel Hood and Chase Phillips that are already on the roster. At running back we return a stable of young backs. Bryce Brown may be the starter but will not carry the full load by himself with Tauren Poole and David Oku jumping in for breathers. At quarterback I think experience might take this one with Nick Stephens starting but if he doesn't pick up the system fast enough then who knows Tyler Bray or Matt Simms might get some playing time. And as for the wide receiver a position that you said "no proven wrs" what team did you watch last season? We return Gerald Jones who when healthy had a very strong second half of the season including the bowl game. Also we have our deep threat in Denarius Moore and possession receivers Austin and Zach Rogers. We also return one of the best tight ends in the country with Luke Stocker. This guy is a Jason Witten in the making, but whats different about Stocker is his size. No DB wants to tackle a guy who is 6-6 and around 250 pounds. Not only is he a good route runner, pass catcher, but he is also a good run blocker. On the defensive side of the ball there is even more talent. We return our best pass rusher from last season in Chris Walker who is a playmaker! At the other bookend we return another starter in Ben Martin who hasn't blossomed into the player he can be yet but needs to work on his consistency and getting after it for four quarters. Then there is our most experienced group of players in the linebacking corp. At middle linebacker we return a guy that has a nose for the football in Nick Reveiz. I don't know if you noticed but when we lost him in the Ohio game our defense sort of took a nose dive the rest of the season. At outside linebackers we have several options with Gerald Williams, Savion Frazier, Shane Reveiz, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Greg King, Herman Lathers and Jerod Askew. Then in our secondary we lost a lot in Eric Berry and Dennis Rogan. But, we still have Janzen Jackson returning at free safety, Art Evans at corner, and some young guys like Darren Myles Jr, Nyshier Oliver and Rod Wilks filling in the holes. Then on special teams it will be Devin Mathis or Michael Palardy with place kicking and Chad Cunningham punting the football. GBO!

AncientVol writes:

in response to DenverVol:

I totally agree about Wes Rucker. All of his articles are quality, well written and here's a kicker...informative. I definitely check every day to see what new news he has.

How does Rucker know that the leaks are from within the UT athletic dept. rather than fed by the local newspapers or programs in towns where prospective coaches are contacted by Hamilton? An assistant coach in some other program can gain in his own contract negotiation if it becomes known he was given an offer by UT. I agree the leaks are embarrassing, but I'd like to see proof of the leak sources.

illinoisvolfan writes:

Win ugly or lose pretty...you make the call.

Go CDD and Go Big Orange!!

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