Shane Reveiz comments after practice - April 12, 2011
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- Shane Reveiz comments after practice - April 12, 2011
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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."