5 Big Things to beat LSU

1. Wrap Artists: One of the reasons Tennessee yielded 544 yards to UAB last week was shoddy tackling. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox described the number of missed tackles as "astronomical.'' Head coach Derek Dooley vowed the Vols would get it fixed with physical practice sessions. LSU tailback Stevan Ridley is big and physical and it will take wrapping up strong to get him on the ground.

2. Unlucky Number 7: LSU's No. 7 is Patrick Peterson and the Vols don't want to kick the football anywhere near him. Peterson averages an eye-popping 28.1 yards on punt returns and has two touchdowns in the book already this year. He also averages a healthy 31.7 on kickoff returns. Placement and execution are essential on both punts and kickoffs - or else.

3. Road Rookies: Almost half of Tennessee's travel squad is making its first road trip. Dooley has to make sure none of his guys wander off course into Mike The Tiger's caged compound. Tiger Stadium itself is hostile enough. The Vols, particularly the offensive line, have to overcome the noise factor and find a way to communicate and keep the false-start penalties to a minimum.

4. Jones to the Rescue: Before he got hurt in the season-opener, senior receiver Gerald Jones was UT's favorite target on third down. With Jones on the shelf the Vols have plummeted to 119th in the nation in third-down conversion percentage. Jones is finally back, rested and ready to move the chains.

5. Mr. Perfect: Only one kicker in the nation has a better record than Daniel Lincoln's 7-for-7 on field-goal tries in 2010. LSU's defense yields points grudgingly and Lincoln is likely to be called on more than once to finish a stalled drive. The senior ranks sixth on UT's career chart with 48 field goals and could get all the way past second-place Jeff Hall (61) if he keeps up his pace the rest of the season. Fuad Reveiz set the standard at 71.

-Mike Strange

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imw8n4u writes:

6. Pride - play hard and want it more than your opponent. Go Vols - make us proud!

NashvillePreds writes:

Two more items - A hope and a prayer

LiveFaith writes:

Defense:
Lock down the wides with man, load the box, and force the QB to beat us. If he can, so be it, but if not there is no reason to let them establish a running game.

Offense:
Feed #88 from beginning to end. Roll out 1/3, screen 1/3, & 3step drop 1/3 and hope to gash with quick hit running, misdirections. Otherwise, #2 is going to have on his green jersey again, and I don't mean that kind.

Special Teams:
Kickoff short & high or squib only. Punt out of bounds every single time, and bench any punter who fails to do so. Our defensive STs are so bad, we'll pay dearly otherwise.

It's gonna take a miracle and this is the best gamble IMHO.

thevoice writes:

6. Les Miles on the sidelines for LSU = 6 points for the Vols.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

My armchair list:::
1)Stop the run by whatever means possible
2)Oline hold your block till the whistle blows instead of giving a gentle push that allows the defense to run by and take Simm's head off
3)WR's run routes past the 1st down marker and don't drop the pass
4)Chaney;roll the dice instead of the same tired plays the last 4 opponents saw over and over
5)Try to prepare for the offensive package LSU inserted this week for Patterson

GO VOLS

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

I have predicted a Vol victory in this one.
I stand by that prediction.
I am convinced we'll win this game and nothing short of a loss will change my mind, so don't even try.

rbhobbs73#226545 writes:

Rich,

I always enjoy your posts and appreciate the information you give on potential recruits, as well as keeping a Middle Tennesseean like myself informed about East Tennessee HS football. Look out for Murfreesboro Oakland this year. Oakland-Maryville could be a heck of a state championship game.

cloudodust writes:

Is it too much to ask for zero false starts from our OL..?

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

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But nobody posts nonsense like Naffy.

cloudodust writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

But nobody posts nonsense like Naffy.

Death, taxes and Naffy.

orangecrush51 writes:

This game will be won or lost by defense or special teams.
If the tacklers hit and stick until the whistle blows they will stop the offence , get off the field quicker , be much more rested late in the game , and give the offence more chances to score .
The punt and kickoff coverage must sprint to a zone coverage and shut down the returners lateral escape routes while closing in from the front.

jobrando#216494 writes:

My armchair list....
1. beer in freezer at 1425
2. pick up pizza at 1410
3. wait for kickoff
4. pray

mercyseat writes:

IN order for the defense to stay off the field, they are gonna have to CREATE SOME TURNOVERS!!! Rip that ball out! anticipate the interception! JUST DO SOMETHING!!!!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

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Julio teaches Escapade Drivers Ed.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to cloudodust:

Is it too much to ask for zero false starts from our OL..?

Yes. Consider what you're asking. I'll be tickled if we can keep it to two.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

Can we win this game? Yes, of course we can. It depends how much this o-line has grown since the first game, if the receivers catch the passes they need to catch, if Simms makes proper decisions and if their QB is having a good day or a bad day. Poole is a machine and if that line can make even half a hole, he can help Simms stay out of third and...well, third at all because if that orange stick has a 3 at the top of it we're screwed and may as well punt.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

Well, sounds pretty simple: tackle right, Jones is back, don't kick it anywhere near peterson, Lincoln stays perfect, and, well, had to play a road game eventually. If the Vols lose, I'm suing the Sentinel. LOL

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to tweetdriver63#346474:

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It's called hyperinflation.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to cloudodust:

Is it too much to ask for zero false starts from our OL..?

Yes, that is too much to ask...especially on third-and-one after a TO.

duncanvol writes:

Remember Gerald Jones in the G gun against LSU in SEC championship game? I wonder if that could be a trick up coaches sleeve. If its not it should be! Jones is not very fast but hes shifty and has great field vision. GO VOLS!!!!!

92volalum writes:

I don't think we will win because they are going to score more points than us...lol

However, I do expect to start seeing some improvement from the OL and LB's on this team...

Anyone watch the Texas AM game last night... the OL was loaded with freshman and a very young team but they blocked etc against a good OSU team... so the excuse we're a young team will only last so long... they should start to improve if we have the right coaches...

I will take a lost if the team is playing mistake free, playing hard etc... but we haven't been playing mistake free ball so that should start improving SOON!

92volalum writes:

Another question is what if we don't win an SEC game this year... didn't check but I don't think we've never lost every sec game.

At what point in Oct or early Nov do the fans start falling apart. I mean now most fans are still in denial on how bad we are but by nov that will change.... I know this is worst case but based on what i've seen we have that chance.

I'm not sure how the fans will react i.e. coming out to the games etc...

Thoughts?

mdvol writes:

Waggner, Jackson, Teague, Gordon and company need to force some turnovers. Need to blitz the living hell out of Jefferson.

Vols win 20-17.

Big nail in the Miles coffin.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

CoverOrange writes:

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8 of 8 beats 7 of 7 every time.

shorttail writes:

tackling? they can't get extra yards if their feet are in the air

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to mdvol:

Waggner, Jackson, Teague, Gordon and company need to force some turnovers. Need to blitz the living hell out of Jefferson.

Vols win 20-17.

Big nail in the Miles coffin.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

look for the score to be more in the 30 to 6 range in favor of LSU.We will be very lucky to get those 2 field goals.Maybe next year.GO VOLS.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

My five keys:

1.) Use Luke Stocker to run release routes-
Utilize a 3 wide shotgun formation, the two receivers on Patrick Peterson's side, roll the pocket as needed to the strong side, and have Stocker release from his blocking assignment to roll into the flat. Use Gerald Jones or Denarius Moore on the strong side to run a straight go route to pull the safety off the line, and that leaves Stocker either free (if LB blitzes) or one-on-one with someone he can win the matchup with.

2.) Do whatever necessary to take Peterson out of the game-
Not injuring him purposefully, just use fades and out routes to keep his back to the ball, and him pinned to a sideline. Don't throw it to his side by any means, just keep him running. On returns, a pooch kickoff or sideline kick is worth less total yardage. A 15 yard halo violation is better than a Peterson punt return. Take the shorter yardage over the return risk.

3. Make Jordan Jefferson beat us-
Jefferson is completing 41% of his passes right now. LSU has been making their offense go by running the ball. Send an early statement that they will need to beat us by passing, even if that means single coverage.

4.) Be prepared for Jarrett Lee

Don't be surprised to see a short hook on Jordan Jefferson. We need to react better to the use of a different QB in the game.

5.) Press man coverage, specifically on Russell Shepherd.

The fear with pressing Russell Shepherd is that he is fast enough to leave you in the dust if he gets a step on you, but he is used often on reverses and sweeps. By pressing him, you give yourself the opportunity to bust up those plays, and you make them beat you with a good throw.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

My five keys:

1.) Use Luke Stocker to run release routes-
Utilize a 3 wide shotgun formation, the two receivers on Patrick Peterson's side, roll the pocket as needed to the strong side, and have Stocker release from his blocking assignment to roll into the flat. Use Gerald Jones or Denarius Moore on the strong side to run a straight go route to pull the safety off the line, and that leaves Stocker either free (if LB blitzes) or one-on-one with someone he can win the matchup with.

2.) Do whatever necessary to take Peterson out of the game-
Not injuring him purposefully, just use fades and out routes to keep his back to the ball, and him pinned to a sideline. Don't throw it to his side by any means, just keep him running. On returns, a pooch kickoff or sideline kick is worth less total yardage. A 15 yard halo violation is better than a Peterson punt return. Take the shorter yardage over the return risk.

3. Make Jordan Jefferson beat us-
Jefferson is completing 41% of his passes right now. LSU has been making their offense go by running the ball. Send an early statement that they will need to beat us by passing, even if that means single coverage.

4.) Be prepared for Jarrett Lee

Don't be surprised to see a short hook on Jordan Jefferson. We need to react better to the use of a different QB in the game.

5.) Press man coverage, specifically on Russell Shepherd.

The fear with pressing Russell Shepherd is that he is fast enough to leave you in the dust if he gets a step on you, but he is used often on reverses and sweeps. By pressing him, you give yourself the opportunity to bust up those plays, and you make them beat you with a good throw.

Well said and nice strategy.

VolinCalif writes:

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Don't know but try 8 for 8 vs 7 for 7

VolinCalif writes:

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I have a PS. There is a kicker that has a couple of kicks that were longer than L's best. Just maybe that is the gauge.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to shorttail:

tackling? they can't get extra yards if their feet are in the air

Maybe we should tell that to the
rb who is diving over the line for a
TD.

DannyVol writes:

This is our best chance for an upset this year. We're a "sandwich game" for an undisciplined team that can't throw the ball and doesn't typically play well at home during day games. Avoid mistakes or minimize them when they happen and this is a 6-point game late in the 4th. There is no reason to let this one get away from us. We've played better teams this year, now it's time to turn the corner.

CCLC writes:

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Here’s a weird fact for you: if Tennessee loses at Baton Rouge today, that’ll mean in a week’s time when the Dawgs and Vols face off we’ll have the first meeting between the two when both carry losing records since 1906.

Which also means that if Georgia manages to beat Colorado, a .500 record will be on the line in Athens for one of the two. Woo hoo!

FWBVol writes:

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I hate to say this about any of Naffy's posts, but that was funny.

voloffaith writes:

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SUGGEST REMOVAL Policy states 'on topic.' This off topic mister bama britches. VOL site and article about Tennessee and LSU. Go talk with your o bama friends on their website about all things tyde. You never learn do ya? For the record ewe don't agitate me. You actually are entertaining and cheap entertainment at that.

On topic, I'm a dreamer ,but this one maybe a nightmare. Pull for our VOLS and see wha happens. GO VOLS!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to 92volalum:

I don't think we will win because they are going to score more points than us...lol

However, I do expect to start seeing some improvement from the OL and LB's on this team...

Anyone watch the Texas AM game last night... the OL was loaded with freshman and a very young team but they blocked etc against a good OSU team... so the excuse we're a young team will only last so long... they should start to improve if we have the right coaches...

I will take a lost if the team is playing mistake free, playing hard etc... but we haven't been playing mistake free ball so that should start improving SOON!

I didn't watch much of the Texas A&M - Oklahoma State game, but A&M's depth chart only lists one true freshman on the starting offensive line.
They've got a senior with a letter, who transfered from LSU at center, a junior that has two letters at one guard that started last year, a sophomore at the other guard that started last year and a sophomore at the other tackle.

At the start of the season our offensive line had one senior, Jarrod Shaw, who had started three games and that was it for experience.

Right now we are starting a redshirt sophomore, Dallas Thomas, a redshirt senior in Shaw, two true freshmen James Stone and Ja'Waun James, and Gooch, a sophomore JC transfer at center. The comparison to A&M and UT isn't even close experience wise.

Two of the starting O-lineman agaisnt Martin, Cody Pope and JerQuari Schofield, have been injured the last few games, which has made the transition even more difficult.

If the line can stay healthy it will get better. Harry Hiestand, our offensive line coach, has a history of producing good players at both the college and NFL levels. I believe he'll do so at Tennessee as well.

The sky is not falling, and while we may take some lumps, we will get better.

As for your other post, I don't think we will lose every SEC game. Even if we go 0-for-October, I still think we can win out in November if we stay healthy.

Maybe I do see things through orange colored glasses, but I'd rather look on the bright side than try to find reasons to write off the season four games into the year.

asleep#212036 writes:

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I would agree. Even though I was no Chavis fan in the long-term, there were some fearsome defensive years on Rocky Top. It was in those years when Chief had some serious D-lineman who could stuff the run without LB help and press opposing QB's without a blitz. With the run stopped and the QB running for his life, those 7 guys back in coverage looked (and were) pretty daunting. In his last few UT seasons, we didn't have the D-line pressure his defense required to be effective, thus "3rd and Chavis". At LSU, he has it. Combine that with our talented but woefully inexperienced O-line and a currently overwhelmed QB and there is a recipe for disaster in Baton Rouge today. But the bright spot? Miles is still the coach and as long as he is leading the charge, any team, and I do mean ANY team, has a chance to win against them. In our case, a perfect game will be needed as well as a fairly flat effort from the Tigers but as long as "the Hat" is roaming their sidelines, I'll watch and see. Go Vols!!!

FearThisElephant writes:

This is the upset I thought would happen all along. If it happens;

Les is a mess buns are frying on the hot seat. Already. Combined with one more loss he's gone. They WILL contact DD. LsWhoo's stacked with T. Instant success for the new HC is eminent. So, will a DD win equate to a UT loss in January? Could it be Quiffin part Deux?? Stay tuned. As the keyboard turns....

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to FearThisElephant:

This is the upset I thought would happen all along. If it happens;

Les is a mess buns are frying on the hot seat. Already. Combined with one more loss he's gone. They WILL contact DD. LsWhoo's stacked with T. Instant success for the new HC is eminent. So, will a DD win equate to a UT loss in January? Could it be Quiffin part Deux?? Stay tuned. As the keyboard turns....

First, I think the chances of an upset are less than 10%. Second, the chances of Les Miles losing his job at the end of the season are 0%. Why? Money, plain and simple. They would have to pay that dingbat several million dollars to fire him while at the same time trying to lure another high-priced replacement. In this economy? Not a chance. Even an up-and-coming guy like DD would require a chunk of change to ditch us after just one year - not to mention his buyout to UT if he does (that the hiring school would have to pay). No, thankfully for you and the rest of the conference, Miles will be at LSU until he decides to leave or his next contract extension, whichever comes first. Go Vols!!!

FearThisElephant writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

First, I think the chances of an upset are less than 10%. Second, the chances of Les Miles losing his job at the end of the season are 0%. Why? Money, plain and simple. They would have to pay that dingbat several million dollars to fire him while at the same time trying to lure another high-priced replacement. In this economy? Not a chance. Even an up-and-coming guy like DD would require a chunk of change to ditch us after just one year - not to mention his buyout to UT if he does (that the hiring school would have to pay). No, thankfully for you and the rest of the conference, Miles will be at LSU until he decides to leave or his next contract extension, whichever comes first. Go Vols!!!

Great points. I'm just throwing what ifs. I agree with the points about money wasted on coaching carousels however the trend remains to spend whatever makes the elite $$$$ people happy.

Miles at the Who is a good thing for everybody else. But the Cajun faithful also know this. A few cases and some gumbo and they will not care how much it costs. As the keyboard turns....

BeRealistic writes:

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Here's a big roster crowing, I guess you make tons of money from colleges for recruiting info in this area. I'll donate enough to buy you a kids meal at McDonalds if you will get off us so-called chicken littles. LOL

murrayvol writes:

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As long as nobody flips on you it works.

Florida St. worked that magic for decades.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

Julio teaches Escapade Drivers Ed.

Do you really mean Escapade Lostvol? It's actually right on the money.

murrayvol writes:

in response to mdvol:

Waggner, Jackson, Teague, Gordon and company need to force some turnovers. Need to blitz the living hell out of Jefferson.

Vols win 20-17.

Big nail in the Miles coffin.

We are going to surprise some damn people.
We will upset Alabama in Neyland.
Tear down the goal posts and carry Dooley off the field.

If we beat Bama this year, there will be an investigation.

So bring it on.

murrayvol writes:

in response to 92volalum:

Another question is what if we don't win an SEC game this year... didn't check but I don't think we've never lost every sec game.

At what point in Oct or early Nov do the fans start falling apart. I mean now most fans are still in denial on how bad we are but by nov that will change.... I know this is worst case but based on what i've seen we have that chance.

I'm not sure how the fans will react i.e. coming out to the games etc...

Thoughts?

You don't need to be by yourself 92vol.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CCLC:

Here’s a weird fact for you: if Tennessee loses at Baton Rouge today, that’ll mean in a week’s time when the Dawgs and Vols face off we’ll have the first meeting between the two when both carry losing records since 1906.

Which also means that if Georgia manages to beat Colorado, a .500 record will be on the line in Athens for one of the two. Woo hoo!

Talk about obscure factoids. You got way too much time on your hands.

murrayvol writes:

in response to voloffaith:

SUGGEST REMOVAL Policy states 'on topic.' This off topic mister bama britches. VOL site and article about Tennessee and LSU. Go talk with your o bama friends on their website about all things tyde. You never learn do ya? For the record ewe don't agitate me. You actually are entertaining and cheap entertainment at that.

On topic, I'm a dreamer ,but this one maybe a nightmare. Pull for our VOLS and see wha happens. GO VOLS!!!

"mister bama britches" Are you kidding me vol4gzus??

Why don't you just call him the *#&@#*&$#@* interloping @$$&@*# he is?

BeRealistic writes:

in response to murrayvol:

"mister bama britches" Are you kidding me vol4gzus??

Why don't you just call him the *#&@#*&$#@* interloping @$$&@*# he is?

I agree, he would give his bama panties to see us beat LSU. Bama I thing is going to have their hands full with the gators tonight.

voloffaith writes:

in response to murrayvol:

"mister bama britches" Are you kidding me vol4gzus??

Why don't you just call him the *#&@#*&$#@* interloping @$$&@*# he is?

Now go washout that keyboard right now young man.......You know I can't call him/her/it that stuff and try and keep my Christian testimony. Just didn't care for his continuing diatribe about tyde recruiting. Jeepers wally if they can't recruit after an elephant natl championship that would be sorry. However, they are limited to the number of recruits that they can take to Walmart and show them where the trophy was.......

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