Vols not dwelling on victory

Dooley says game still had negatives

Game recap: UT vs. Memphis

There's no flexibility in the 24-hour rule.

The time to celebrate isn't cut short based on the relative strength of the opponent, and Tennessee also didn't get an extension because it had gone four games without a win to savor.

Derek Dooley clearly wanted his team to enjoy the 50-14 beating it put on Memphis at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. But just in case any Vols were suddenly a threat to become too confident, the first-year coach is coming back to work this week armed with enough negatives to bring them back down a bit.

"I was real happy, I was," Dooley said. "But I guess it's my personality, because I don't get too down when we lose and I try not to get too excited when we win because there are lessons in wins and losses. We did a lot of great things, and you know what, the team did everything that I asked them to do as far as going out there and playing a complete game, making their mark, not making excuses.

"They did that, so I was pleased with that. But there's also a lot of concerns going into the next week."

UT plays host to Ole Miss (TV: WVLT, noon) on Saturday for homecoming.

The Vols (3-6, 0-5 SEC) addressed a lot of the season-long issues that put them on the brink of elimination from postseason consideration, jump-starting their push for a perfect November by throwing all over Memphis (1-8, 0-5 C-USA), forcing turnovers and converting third downs at their highest rate all year.

There also were standout individual performances all over the field, starting with Tyler Bray's debut as a starter at quarterback, another 100-yard outing for running back Tauren Poole and a dynamic night for defensive tackle Malik Jackson, who led the defense in every meaningful category.

But even in the passing game, Dooley expressed more concern about UT's ability to protect the quarterback - which figured to be more difficult against Ole Miss even before right guard Zach Fulton injured his ankle over the weekend. The Vols still weren't all that pleased with their ability to consistently pick up yards on the ground, and despite three interceptions, Dooley simply called UT's man-to-man coverage "terrible."

Not that he was in any hurry to point all that out to the Vols right after they unleashed a month's worth of frustration on the Tigers in a game that could have been a bigger blowout if Dooley wanted it to be.

"I thought we all should feel good for 24 hours, it's been awhile since we have," Dooley said. "I do hope it energized our team a little bit and got them ready to go this week.

"But it's also important to keep it in perspective - we were a much more talented football team and we did what we should do if you're ready to play. For that I was real proud of the team, but I also know we've got a lot of correcting to do if we're going to beat Ole Miss."

The Vols will be reminded of that often when they get back to work after spending a day celebrating instead of commiserating for the first time since their win over UAB on Sept. 25.

But considering the motivation getting back to a bowl game is providing them right now, they might not need any help refocusing after checking off the first game on their list.

"Of course we want to finish November undefeated," Poole said. "This was big-time for us to see the things we need to work on, and see the things we do best."

Of course, UT is still going to have to hear about the worst, as well.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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orangeblood writes:

nope. tn is favored by one

JACK8254 writes:

All 3 games left this year are winnable and also losable . Let us hope that this team will be able to handle this limited success without assuming that winning out will be easy. It will not be. Each game should be close to a toss-up. It is unlikely that we can win all three , but the team does look as if it is learning the system , so we should win a least 2 of the 3. The extra practice time would be like gold and a bowl game (however modest) is still a bowl game and that will help recruiting some. The main positive that I derived from the Memphis romp is: THERE IS GOOD REASON TO NOT FEAR THE FUTURE. UT HAS SEVERAL PLAYERS WITH BRIGHT FUTURES. Maybe the time of lop-sided losses to the Bama and Gators of the world is rapidly drawing to a close. That would be wonderful . We are absolutely on the way back. PTL

Cole423 writes:

The only negatives of the game was the performance level most of the second half,and putting Simms in at QB

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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Tennessee has recruited at the levels of UF, LSU and Georgia. But those teams arent starting 17 Freshman this year. Do a little book work before you start dribbling at the mouth. Tennessee is third in the nation for the most freshman on the field. They are rebuilding, and they will show up in two years again. Its the natural cycle of things in college football. And the last time I checked, Myers, Miles, Saban nor Richt started their first season of coaching this year, following a weasel like Kiffin. You will eat those words about Tenn being average. Tennesse wont be average in a couple of years.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Wisdom states one should never fail to celebrate a win of any kind but also never overstate it. Moving on, getting better, these are the key elements. While Bray did a fantastic job, let's reserve anointing him the next PM or anyone. He has shown what he can do in a game against Memphis and our O-line held its own. Ole Miss and Ky especially will be different animals. We know they can win all three upcoming games. I just hope they do it beginning at Homecoming. I will be there cheering them on.

Hounddog writes:

One thing for sure The Hounddog can scratch around Shelby County, until the next time the P---cats, visit Knoxville. Trust me fellow VOLS the last thing West Tennessee VOL fans need is a loss to this seccond rate (at best) squad, I wish they were never on our schedule.

One day we may play them when lets say we have our worst team in history and they could catch us and....wait that just happened. Never mind.

Hounddog

OldNumber7 writes:

It's beginning to become readily apparent that the brains behind the Urban Meyer operation is at Mississippi State. Ever since he left the Gators offense has sputtered - more and more each year. I think Urbans heart issues were a secret he knew was coming...without Mullen, not even he can produce a winner with 5 star talent.

HsvAVol writes:

Something in this article triggered a thought about the near-win at LSU. Then that reminded me of the near-win against Alabama last year. Maybe in a couple of years, we will be causing some near-wins for another team or two to experience. I think I can remember when we used to do that....

Go Vols

jomo11 writes:

UTK beat Memphis...big deal....the fact remains that in 3 3/4 years as a head coach Dooley has NEVER beaten a team with a winning record...

OrangePride writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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Yes, we can always count on you to post something that lacks any kind of reasonable thinking. First..we have not been "on the way back for a while." This year really started "the way back." Second, Tennessee has ALWAYS been able to recruit with the best of the SEC.....go check the record. So this little lull will definitely turn around. Finally, it's impossible NOT to be looking at UF's "backside." That's the only side they have! And expect them to be on it often!! GO VOLS!

Golfsully writes:

It's a good thing the Vols are not obsessing with this victory. It reminds me of the old days back in the 70's when the AD Woodruff scheduled games with teams so far removed from the SEC level that the Vols might as well have been playing The Tennessee College of Mortuary Science.

Memphis should not be on the schedule--EVER. Who's next.....Carson-Newman? The Vols have lost big against SEC teams this year. That's how you assess your program. Who really doubted the outcome of this game?

tovolny writes:

Can we do something about those uniforms? Are they Adidas or Earl Scheib? They do look sprayed on. The bad thing is: recruits will go somewhere else because there is no way our fashion conscious youths want to be seen in a GET-UP like Bray's. The new unis are supposed to be lighter, but I bet they weigh more when they get grassy and dirty...because it appears grass and dirt stick to them in greater amounts.

If the uniforms give us a competitive edge (for sure) then keep them. They really look bad, man. The old bad as in UGLY...not as in RAP lingo.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to OldNumber7:

It's beginning to become readily apparent that the brains behind the Urban Meyer operation is at Mississippi State. Ever since he left the Gators offense has sputtered - more and more each year. I think Urbans heart issues were a secret he knew was coming...without Mullen, not even he can produce a winner with 5 star talent.

Agree. Urban = Fulmer... he's only as good as his coordinators. Addazio has taken a cadillac and turned it into a pinto!

tnsportsman writes:

Get them focused CDD! There is no excuses for not winning these next 3 games, NONE! VOLS lets rebound with 6 & 6 and a Music City Bowl Bid. This would start the come back for future VOLS!

VOLS, Play hard and protect the damn ball! Good job at Memphis now build on it!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

murrayvol writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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Oh no. We're doomed.

murrayvol writes:

in response to orangeblood:

nope. tn is favored by one

Oh boy. We'll win.

abnermc writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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Carolina by 12!

The7Maxims writes:

One thing is for sure: we have hope. Not one of us is saying that Bray is the next Peyton Manning or that Dooley is going to bring us a National Championship. However, Bray looks like someone that we can build around. There's a lot of work to be done on the recruiting front: we need another running back. We need someone to replace Stocker. We need playmakers on defense. More than anything, I have hope that Bray and his arm is the catalyst to get us moving towards a SEC Championship in the next 3 years.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to jomo11:

UTK beat Memphis...big deal....the fact remains that in 3 3/4 years as a head coach Dooley has NEVER beaten a team with a winning record...

And you have never made anything other than a cry baby post.

crappieking writes:

homo11 + WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY = 2 dshbag trolls

The End

jandjhome#228397 writes:

"IF" we win the rest the Music City will take us.

mercyseat writes:

in response to tovolny:

Can we do something about those uniforms? Are they Adidas or Earl Scheib? They do look sprayed on. The bad thing is: recruits will go somewhere else because there is no way our fashion conscious youths want to be seen in a GET-UP like Bray's. The new unis are supposed to be lighter, but I bet they weigh more when they get grassy and dirty...because it appears grass and dirt stick to them in greater amounts.

If the uniforms give us a competitive edge (for sure) then keep them. They really look bad, man. The old bad as in UGLY...not as in RAP lingo.

I agree. V-Tech have the coolest. Make them orange and white with that design and we would look awesome!

mercyseat writes:

in response to The7Maxims:

One thing is for sure: we have hope. Not one of us is saying that Bray is the next Peyton Manning or that Dooley is going to bring us a National Championship. However, Bray looks like someone that we can build around. There's a lot of work to be done on the recruiting front: we need another running back. We need someone to replace Stocker. We need playmakers on defense. More than anything, I have hope that Bray and his arm is the catalyst to get us moving towards a SEC Championship in the next 3 years.

I hope Darin Hinshaw really works with Bray on not throwing interceptions. If we would have been playing anyone else they would have intercepted 3 of Bray's throws.But, he still looked awesome with his accuracy. I also hope he really learns quickly,and shows Matt Simms how to throw 300+yards and score in the read zone. Simms again stumbles and fumbles and cannot produce scores once down there.

givehim6 writes:

in response to Cole423:

The only negatives of the game was the performance level most of the second half,and putting Simms in at QB

One more negative that still eats at me is the fact there is no real #2 RB behind Pool. Neal, Oko, and Williams got a shot at back up nether got more then a few yards at a time. Although Neal got enough chances, I think Williams only got one.

DebtisDumb writes:

Anyone heard anything on Masoli?

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to abnermc:

Carolina by 12!

The Gators will beat S.C. at home.. FLA too fast and S.C. has NEVER beat them in FLA... mixed feelings on this one.. wish BOTH could lose!!!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to jomo11:

UTK beat Memphis...big deal....the fact remains that in 3 3/4 years as a head coach Dooley has NEVER beaten a team with a winning record...

Witch Doctor say Waa Waa Waa you big girl. Witch Doctor notice everything you post is about your hurt feelings. Witch Doctor say grow a nutt sack.
Bones never lie.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to Golfsully:

It's a good thing the Vols are not obsessing with this victory. It reminds me of the old days back in the 70's when the AD Woodruff scheduled games with teams so far removed from the SEC level that the Vols might as well have been playing The Tennessee College of Mortuary Science.

Memphis should not be on the schedule--EVER. Who's next.....Carson-Newman? The Vols have lost big against SEC teams this year. That's how you assess your program. Who really doubted the outcome of this game?

Wrong, Memphis has beaten the Vols and other SEC teams as well as a lot of close games. The Tigers are awful this year, but they have produced NFL talent and will have decent teams in the future. That's not the main point. We need to play games in Memphis and build strong relationships there. As you look at SEC games, you will see Memphis-area kids on the teams beating us. Collierville, Olive Branch, etc., produce some good players. I know all the E. TN windbags like to put Memphis down, but nobody goes to KBurg except to see the Vols or pass through on their way to the Smokies. Start smoozing the Memphis coaches (legal smoozing) and try to land a Memphis-area kid or two every year. If we can play Wyoming, UAB, and UTM, we can play Memphis.

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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He is still growning! I think he is only 19, but not sure about that. It doesn't seem to bother his throwing arm though does it?? He will put some weight on. I still say he is our QB for the rest of year and in the future.

woodwr#217203 writes:

in response to tovolny:

Can we do something about those uniforms? Are they Adidas or Earl Scheib? They do look sprayed on. The bad thing is: recruits will go somewhere else because there is no way our fashion conscious youths want to be seen in a GET-UP like Bray's. The new unis are supposed to be lighter, but I bet they weigh more when they get grassy and dirty...because it appears grass and dirt stick to them in greater amounts.

If the uniforms give us a competitive edge (for sure) then keep them. They really look bad, man. The old bad as in UGLY...not as in RAP lingo.

It would not cost much to match the helmet decal orange and jersey number orange and pants orange to any one shade of orange.

Grass and mud stains are way cool to players and to fans.....especially as proof we play on grass.

volstokke writes:

I want us to win out but I'm not ready to buy in just yet. I think all three teams left on the schedule can be a win or lose. Houston Nutt always gives UT problems. Its Vandys Super Bowl. Kentucky, well its bigger than the Super Bowl for them because of the streak. You know Coach Sanders and Tee are gonna get those guys ready. Like I said I want us to win out and can but the slightest let down and we can lose to any of them. GO VOLS!

orangecountyvols writes:

Hey Vol fans,

What percentage of these posts would you say are worth reading? We have people bent out of shape over the most insignificant subjects. " I don't like the uniforms. I don't like the kicker. I don't like the quarterback. I don't like the offensive line nor the defensive line." It's November 8th and we're hearing the same things that were complained about on Sept 1.

Of course most of this is coming from trolls, and several whiny Vol fans who can never be pleased.

Anyway, we need to stop making the team out to be something it isn't. They'll be okay. This was a murderous schedule for a young and inexperienced team.
We just need to give them a pass and be back in one or two years.

As for the trolls...........we know their problem. Consumed with Tennessee, jealous, wishing they ( the trolls ) had a team that was #9 all time in wins.
Every troll's post on here just proves their insecurity and that Tennessee controls them.

wallingdad writes:

in response to Shake_Bake:

He is still growning! I think he is only 19, but not sure about that. It doesn't seem to bother his throwing arm though does it?? He will put some weight on. I still say he is our QB for the rest of year and in the future.

my thoughts as well. he looks like he could not lift 20 pounds right now. but he sure does a good job. i just hope he doesnt get pounded and can take the abuse from those big defensive linemen.

psychovol2 writes:

in response to Golfsully:

It's a good thing the Vols are not obsessing with this victory. It reminds me of the old days back in the 70's when the AD Woodruff scheduled games with teams so far removed from the SEC level that the Vols might as well have been playing The Tennessee College of Mortuary Science.

Memphis should not be on the schedule--EVER. Who's next.....Carson-Newman? The Vols have lost big against SEC teams this year. That's how you assess your program. Who really doubted the outcome of this game?

Memphis beat TN in the Peyton Manning era. It's an in state rival and they usually play us real tough. Get real. They never should have fired Tommy West or they'd still be competitive.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to mercyseat:

I agree. V-Tech have the coolest. Make them orange and white with that design and we would look awesome!

I am one of those sickos that likes Oregon's. I think we should go all orange with the white sides on Jerseys and Pants. And, go with Orange helmets with White T's.

But, we cannot waste the splash on this season. We need to wait until we have a real meaningful night home game, maybe UF in 2012.

But, for now, we got to go back. These armpit flashers make everyone's belly look bigger than their shoulders. Plus, with all the griping about how we are undersized upfront, we should be wearing flack jackets. Why do we want to weigh less?

bcm4ut writes:

in response to naffy:

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naffy = peter puffer

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