Five Big Things for Vols against UT Martin

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1. First Look: What does a Derek Dooley team look like? Fans and media are largely in the dark, so tightly has the new coach kept the Vols under wraps. Will they be physical? Will they blitz? Will they go five-wide? Will they line up in the single-wing? Will they wear checkerboard jerseys? So many questions.

2. Avoid the ‘Oh, No!’ Moment: This is Tennessee’s first game against a non-FBS opponent since The Citadel in 1983. In an apparent mismatch, an early turnover or a breakdown in the kicking game can skew the script. The Vols don’t want to hand UT Martin any gifts that level the playing field. Remember Wyoming.

3. Chip Off the Old Block? Matt Simms’ debut at quarterback will be closely watched. He doesn’t have much of a track record, but he does have some serious genes. UT fans hope he plays like dad, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Phil Simms. Or even big brother, Chris, who had a nice career at Texas.

4. Trench Warfare: The Vols are suspect nowhere more than the offensive and defensive lines. Five new starters debut in the offensive line and the defensive tackle rotation is a crapshoot. The key players lack experience more than talent and should be able to overpower UT Martin. If they can’t, it’s an ominous sign.

5. Crowd Count: The biggest crowd the Skyhawks have played before was 85,355 at Auburn in 2008. Will Vol fans top that tonight? UT has been hawking ticket sales hard all summer, an indication the economy and the recent malaise of the program have cut into the turnstile. It’s not 1998 anymore.

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vol94 writes:

just heard 5 minutes ago that Masolli (spelling) has been cleared for OLE MISS.

drone#208075 writes:

GBO!!!!!!!

kevin151 writes:

please, it is UT Martin...

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to vol94:

just heard 5 minutes ago that Masolli (spelling) has been cleared for OLE MISS.

That's weird because I heard a couple of hrs ago his appeal was denied.

vol88 writes:

I'm taking my seat on the Simms bandwagon. Don't know why. I just have a hunch.

Maybe it will be standing room only by October!

GerryOP writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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#7 Score more points than UT-M.

volzcrushm writes:

Throw the bones Witch Doctor!! Tell us the score! Is it UT 37 UTM 13!??

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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VolunteerLifer feel WitchDoctor's pain. Brother's, too.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

That's weird because I heard a couple of hrs ago his appeal was denied.

"Masoli wins appeal, eligible to play immediately for Ole Miss"

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010...

mikec1000000 writes:

Wow! GoVolsXtra.com actually posted an article about the Vols.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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The last time my older brother kicked my butt was in 1970. Just before I clipped his knee with a Louisville Slugger.

WytheVol writes:

in response to GeneralNeyland96:

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Two words: Janzen Jackson...

chl1958 writes:

Just win Vols; we can fly later

nepperso#220348 writes:

Five Big Things vs. UT Martin
1. Don't die before the game.
2. Put on a uniform.
3. Take the field.
4. Don't die during the game.
5. Celebrate, very slightly, your automatic victory. Please, it's UT Martin.

Vols: 60
UTM: 9

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

Vols - 48
Skyhawks - 13

Go Vols!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to nepperso#220348:

Five Big Things vs. UT Martin
1. Don't die before the game.
2. Put on a uniform.
3. Take the field.
4. Don't die during the game.
5. Celebrate, very slightly, your automatic victory. Please, it's UT Martin.

Vols: 60
UTM: 9

Your score is joking of course.The whole bench will be playing if the score reaches 35-9. DD needs to get folks exp. ASAP so the score will never go as high as you predict.

VolWoman writes:

I read that NFL attendance is expected to drop to 1998 levels so it's not just UT that is experiencing some empty seats.

NukeLDOVol writes:

1. Play every down like it's against he Gators.
2. Nick Reveiz, big time hit on anyone. (I am thinking Westmoreland against Vandy in '98)
3. A return of any kind for a touchdown (seems like forever since our last one)
4. Hold the opponent to negative rushing yards.
5. A 50 yard plus touchdown throw following an INT. (Like Peyton would do)

Really need some O' fashion TN football or any glimpse of it.

pms151 writes:

And for sure it is not 1985 ticket prices anymore.
Infamously...AND PAY NO MORE!!

american_pitvol_terrier writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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I bet YOU wouldn't put the pads on against that Son of a Kicker. Talk about snot bubbles, it would be snot VAPOR!

Psychovol writes:

If this isn't a blow out of Western Kentucky proportion then this is going to be a long season.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Playing a non fbs team wasn't a great idea..Even our second string will look like all stars..It will serve it's purpose as far as live sideline play calls;substitutions and other nuances and the fans will have a good time..QB's;WR's and the Oline will benefit the most..I saw most of the So Miss vs USC game last night and this is probably Spurriers most complete team; although So Miss played awful..As expected the press went on and on about freshman RB Lattimore but he didn't look better than any of our RB's..Steve boy also has a new WR from florida who can flat out fly!!!He has the speed to take it to the house from anywhere......Just a tid bit I thought y'all might be interested in.Can't wait to see Poole in action;Also all our new receivers!!!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

For those of you predicting 8 wins, with Masoli eligible now and with the way S.Carolina looks, it may be harder now to pick those 8 wins. There are 4 sure wins, 4 toss-ups and 3 sure losses and a bowl possible.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Playing a non fbs team wasn't a great idea..Even our second string will look like all stars..It will serve it's purpose as far as live sideline play calls;substitutions and other nuances and the fans will have a good time..QB's;WR's and the Oline will benefit the most..I saw most of the So Miss vs USC game last night and this is probably Spurriers most complete team; although So Miss played awful..As expected the press went on and on about freshman RB Lattimore but he didn't look better than any of our RB's..Steve boy also has a new WR from florida who can flat out fly!!!He has the speed to take it to the house from anywhere......Just a tid bit I thought y'all might be interested in.Can't wait to see Poole in action;Also all our new receivers!!!!

Southern Miss is only...Southern Miss, but they played hard. South Carolina looked really good. They looked sharp. I know Stevie wants a true pocket passer, but his QB has got some legs on him. I was hoping that UT vs USC could swing in our favor, but now I'm skeptical. I HATE to lose to Stevie!

VolFanNC writes:

in response to mikethehistorystudent:

Southern Miss is only...Southern Miss, but they played hard. South Carolina looked really good. They looked sharp. I know Stevie wants a true pocket passer, but his QB has got some legs on him. I was hoping that UT vs USC could swing in our favor, but now I'm skeptical. I HATE to lose to Stevie!

SC has similar issues as us. Will depend om injuries that time of year. Their OL and DL look susceptible.

Their wr, RB, DBs look solid. Their two deep isn't any better than ours and they have little depth beyond that.

in other words depends who is healthier

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to AF1A4:

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sorry, make it 5 toss-ups. 6-6 final record.

10ECMATT writes:

Am I the only one that doesn't want a blow out? Just win. A huge win will hurt us. They only look for a "w". I say hold back a little, then beat oregon good, and unload on fl. If we can.

OrangePsyched writes:

Did anyone else notice that the Gamecocks didn't have a full house last night? Upper deck had a couple spots with a lot of empty seats. Hard times.

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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To all true VOL fans ... never wager monetary units for or against VOLS. Too much emotional capital already and any one point win vs. any team is large enough

VolGrad writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Your score is joking of course.The whole bench will be playing if the score reaches 35-9. DD needs to get folks exp. ASAP so the score will never go as high as you predict.

Practice squad would run up score. No joke.

Vols 66 Skyhawks 9

And the freshmen are already starters at many positions. They need the actual game time, too. In any event: 66-9.

VolGrad writes:

How does this sound for 2nd teamers: Tyler Bray, Matt Milton, Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter and Raijon Neal.

VolGrad writes:

Believe me, we will score more than 35.

Vols 66 Skyhawks 9

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to mikethehistorystudent:

Southern Miss is only...Southern Miss, but they played hard. South Carolina looked really good. They looked sharp. I know Stevie wants a true pocket passer, but his QB has got some legs on him. I was hoping that UT vs USC could swing in our favor, but now I'm skeptical. I HATE to lose to Stevie!

lets worry bout the skyhawks, then the ducks

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to naffy:

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goto bed naf, you're posts are boring

DannyVol writes:

The KNS staff watches footage of the Wyoming game like teenage boys watch Cinemax 'After Dark.'

That's the fifth time in a month that the KNS has mentioned the Wyoming game. Yes, I'm keeping track and yes, these hacks hate our team...with passion. Don't believe me? Have you seen the latest Proctor cartoon???

jyvolsfan writes:

never put any smaller school out of competition.remember the appalachin state vs michigan?state ended up with that w.i also went to that wyoming game.that was awful.(especially being near a annoying wyoming fan saying lets go wyo!)ugh!do good today UT!!!do one game at a time!!!

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to WEAREBETTERTHANVANDY:

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No kidding. It's not like someone 20 or posts before you corrected me.

mtowntim writes:

in response to VolGrad:

How does this sound for 2nd teamers: Tyler Bray, Matt Milton, Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter and Raijon Neal.

Sounds SWEEEET! Thank goodness it's time, I barely made it through the summer.

GO VOLS!!!

TKG_VOL writes:

Does the UTMartin game count in the 6 minimum win for a bowl game?

HtownVol writes:

WOW. Florida .. 2 roughing the passer penalties on this drive.

People Florida has problems.

Look for Urban to retire tomorrow

hueypilot writes:

in response to vol94:

just heard 5 minutes ago that Masolli (spelling) has been cleared for OLE MISS.

Doesn't bother me. Masoli and Ole Miss followed the letter of the law (we all know he transferred to play football, not get a graduate degree) but everything he and Ole Miss did was within the guidelines of the NCAA rules and then, IMO the NCAA tried to punish Masoli. It should have been overturned. If they don't like the rule, change the rule, but don't use your power to play God.

Florida/ Miami O just finished. Shame they couldn't have all those bobbles in two weeks. They'll probably have that all fixed by then. If not, they will struggle against Vanderbilt.

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