Shane Reveiz capitalizes on chances

Walk-on LB produces when number called

Tennessee linebackers Shane Reveiz (30), left, and Jake Storey (53) run a drill during practice at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 2, 2011.

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Tennessee linebackers Shane Reveiz (30), left, and Jake Storey (53) run a drill during practice at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 2, 2011.

Shane Reveiz comments after practice - April 12, 2011

Shane Reveiz seemingly has perfected the art of waiting.

The Tennessee walk-on has proved to be pretty adept at taking advantage of his rare turns, as well.

It typically takes a slew of injuries or a lopsided scoreboard for the senior linebacker to get any snaps that produce statistics, and with the Vols currently dealing with the former in the middle of the defense, Reveiz made the most of his latest opportunity with a team-high nine tackles in Saturday's second spring scrimmage.

"I'm not going to lie, I was pretty surprised myself," Reveiz, the brother former UT standout Nick Reveiz, said after practice Tuesday. "I didn't know I could get that many tackles.

"You know, I think it's all about timing, all about the right time, and I was put in the right place. Unfortunately, Greg King and Austin (Johnson) had to go down, and that's not anything you ever want to have as a team. But it's an opportunity for me, and I had to capitalize."

Reveiz did exactly that by adding a tackle for a loss, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery to his impressive outing, and while it doesn't necessarily make him a candidate for the starting lineup when the Vols are totally healthy, it does provide a bit of security when times are tough for the linebackers.

The last week of spring heading into Saturday's Orange and White Game appears to qualify as a somewhat difficult stretch for UT, which now has four expected contributors either on the shelf or on the mend. Herman Lathers has missed all of spring rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder, and during the past few days, John Propst joined him on the sideline with a hamstring problem. King suffered a concussion and Johnson injured a knee.

Those players' reps have to go somewhere. Reveiz was there to step in - like he did in a similar situation two years ago at Memphis by jumping in the mix for four tackles and forcing a fumble or in fall camp a season ago as a reserve widely praised for his knowledge of the playbook.

"It's extremely difficult and it's hard, but as a walk-on, you've kind of got to expect that," Reveiz said. "I mean, I've had doubts, it's normal for anyone to question themselves or their situation, but I just always try to stay positive and just have fun with football. It's just something I love, and I don't know what my life would be like without football.

"They have all their money in their scholarship guys, and you've got to understand that, but at the same time you have to be ready at any moment and you've got to have a strong mental focus at all times and be ready whenever your number is called."

Depending on how healthy the Vols can get during the next couple of days, Reveiz should hear it being called again this weekend. Lathers obviously won't play in the Orange and White Game as the Vols close out spring, and while Derek Dooley didn't express much concern about the other three linebackers' injuries, the Tennessee coach didn't guarantee they would be available this weekend, either.

"We're expecting probably (they will play), but I don't know," Dooley said. "I go day to day, so we'll see.

"Shane has done good. But he's getting a lot more opportunities now and he's had a good spring, playing good."

Just waiting for the chance to do it when people are keeping track of his tackles might be the hardest part for Reveiz.

Once he's received them, producing something on the field hasn't really been an issue.

"I've just always tried to stay around the ball, wherever the ball is, I try to hustle and get to it," Reveiz said. "I guess I just kind of put myself in good situations, and I studied the playbook so I knew what to do and where to be, and it's all just about timing and hustle to the ball.

"Every day is big for me, every day I try to prepare like it's a game. I always try to stay focused, and this Saturday is just another game, another scrimmage, so I'm going to be ready."

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Comments » 24

drgreear writes:

GREAT to hear it!!!! Shane will be a suprise

VolInIndy writes:

love Fuad and co

RoadTrip writes:

All Vol, all day, every day.

Caspian writes:

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Excellent. Way to go Vandy.

clvolfan writes:

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The last sentence amazed me. Can you lay claim to it's originality?

getasetofvols writes:

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That's great stuff CSS. Can we take you to lunch? Would you like to meet my sister? Please keep us all posted on everything Vanderbilt. I can't wait until tomorrow.

Orangeblood13 writes:

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And yet we have a broom in the outhouse with vandy on it
All those millions and destined for 3-9

Keep bringin those good jokes

govols1234567 writes:

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Nice buddy, Im proud of you guys. Maybe one day you can honestly say its great to be a Commodore and brag about the sport that matters most. Until then, you will have to stay desperate and try to have second hand sports to rely on. Who knows? You may even have your own team website you can post on. Keep looking up big guy

tanasi2 writes:

If you guys would COMPLETELY ignore the dore, he'll eventually go play somewhere else. But, if you continue to comment on his posts, he'll continue to make them here! You guys are doing exactly what he wants! GBO!

UofTNVol writes:

Keep workin hard Shane.

VOLS_and_REDSOX_4ever writes:

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No coaches fired??
THIS WILL BE YALL'S THIRD COACH IN THREE YEARS!
hahahahaha
You guys are awful and always will be, in football that is.
Millions? Really? Vandy doesn't even have an athletic department. No really, that's not just me being a jerk, you really DON'T!! Lol
Pathetic.

everydayisorange writes:

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Great job VU with the baseball team. That is something to take pride in. I know were the millions are going! VU is going to pay they'er fans to attend fb games this year! LOL! GBO!!!

CroKev writes:

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OK, when I was in grade school there was this kid named Ernie who was the smallest kid in our class. Ernie wasn't very bright and to try to make up for his lack of size, smarts, eloquence, etc., he would taunt the bigger kids. Of course, they all ignored him because... well, he was just Ernie. It would have been embarrassing to have retaliated. Why? Well, again, he was just Ernie and it just would not have been right to respond... Moral of the story? “DON'T RESPOND TO ERNIE!”

letthebigdoghunt writes:

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Somebody shut the door, your letting the flies in. VFL GBO

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

More tackles than anybody else on defense is good. But I sure do wish he coulc kick the ball the way his Daddy used to do.

docwater#225789 writes:

Nice to see Commode door fans follow our site.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to tanasi2:

If you guys would COMPLETELY ignore the dore, he'll eventually go play somewhere else. But, if you continue to comment on his posts, he'll continue to make them here! You guys are doing exactly what he wants! GBO!

I hope he does continue to post… he’s far too funny and delusional!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

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You crack me up!! Vandy has been in the SEC for how long??? and they are JUST NOW starting to invest in the football program??

Basketball and baseball are just a means of killing time until football, which as you recall means more 2-10 seasons. Yes... it's great to be a Commodore... pfffft!!! bwahahahaha

peyton4heisman writes:

Who knows, could be the next Nick Reveiz! (Inside joke for some of you)

utk1996 writes:

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It's a football conference. Vandy sucks at football. Most people would favor their removal from the SEC. They are an embarrassment. Their athletic program exists because of revenue generated by teams that actually go to bowl games. Nerd.

VOLliven2it writes:

Please stop feeding the VANDYMAN, if man could be used in the same sentence.
But I digress...it is good to see Shane step up and I hope he gets playing time not from injury but because he earns it. No doubt Nick did that. So hang in there Shane and keep up the hard work and hard hitting.

givehim6 writes:

And back to the story, are there anymore Reveiz brother's? A cousin maybe? This family is all Vol!

govols1234567 writes:

in response to tanasi2:

If you guys would COMPLETELY ignore the dore, he'll eventually go play somewhere else. But, if you continue to comment on his posts, he'll continue to make them here! You guys are doing exactly what he wants! GBO!

whoa whoa whoa now.. What makes you think we want him to leave? His jokes are hilarious! We need some humor on this site

cage952 writes:

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well lets see...
baseball: no one cares
basketball: ut swept vandy
football: vandy stinks
(BTW i feel sorry for james franklin. he must be a really nice guy if he was willing to take the vandy job. too nice ;))

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