Derek Dooley uses Shakespeare to emphasize detail

Vols football practice - Aug. 11, 2011

Corey Miller talks about the Vols' first scrimmage of the fall

Eric Gordon talks about the defense after Thursday's practice

Marsalis Teague talks about the competition for starting positions

Coach Derek Dooley comments after Thursday morning's practice

Dooley gets Shakespearean with the Vols

Dooley talks about sophomore Alex Bullard's flexibility on offense

The origin of the story is murky and its versions are widespread, but Derek Dooley wasn't concerned with the minutiae when he relayed an analogy to his team Wednesday while dissecting film of Tuesday's scrimmage.

The Tennessee coach wanted to drill home a point, and he was going to use William Shakespeare to do so.

Dooley cited Shakespeare's "Richard III," one of the great playwright's earliest tragedies, as his source of inspiration. The play centers on how Richard III, the brother of King Edward IV, quickly rises to power but ultimately dies when he is unhorsed in a battle. Richard acknowledges that he has lost everything because of a chain reaction that spawned from his horse's shoe missing a nail.

This, in Dooley's mind, could all be related to how a number of minor errors led to big problems in the Vols' first scrimmage of the preseason.

"One little horseshoe nail can bring down a whole kingdom," Dooley said after Thursday's practice. "That's what it did back in the 1400s. Just like stepping with your right foot six inches could cause a guy to get on the edge, which causes the quarterback to get a little flustered, the exchange goes bad, fumble, turnover, touchdown.

"Every little detail of your technique and assignment can impact the game. We've got a long way to go."

Upon a thorough examination of Tuesday's film, Dooley said his top concern was the operation of the offense under sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray. Bray completed less than 50 percent of his passes, and the running game struggled to do much of anything, but Dooley was most perturbed by multiple delay of game penalties and the stalled pace.

"We put a lot on him on alerts and kills and checks," Dooley said. "We're going to do some things. We've got to tighten it down as a coach and do a better job of coaching so Tyler can get in there and groove it a little bit."

Outside of his praise for freshman linebackers A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt and other individual performances, Dooley was mostly critical in the moments after Tuesday's scrimmage because "I call it like I see it."

He stressed Thursday that he didn't want his constructive criticism to confuse fans into thinking the team wasn't on a path to improvement.

"We're working hard and doing good and we don't have a lot of emotion and drama that's impeding our progress," he said. "But that doesn't mean we're a good team."

The message from Dooley's monologue Wednesday was received loud and clear, he said, though some of the finer points from "Richard III" may have been lost in translation.

"They were very engaged," he said. "I asked if they had read Shakespeare, and they tried to recite some of the Old English language, which none of them understood. I told them I didn't understand their language of today.

"Them trying to read Old English and then me trying to understand what they're saying is about the same."

Practice Report: The Vols went through their first of two, two-a-day practices Thursday, donning full pads for the morning session and wearing just shoulder pads, helmets and shorts for the evening.

"Long day's work," defensive tackle Corey Miller called it after the morning practice.

Players and coaches were not made available to the media after the night session. The Vols return to Haslam Field for a 2:30 p.m. practice today.

Moving Day: Knoxville Catholic product Kyler Kerbyson was at a new position Thursday.

Kerbyson, who had been working at guard, was moved out to tackle, Dooley said. With a glut of players vying for a spot at left guard, the Vols aren't as strong depth-wise at the tackle positions behind starters Dallas Thomas and Ju'Wuan James.

Prized freshman Antonio Richardson is "still on the shelf" and has yet to face contact in camp because of offseason shoulder surgery.

That's Special: Dooley said only one of kicker Mike Palardy's two missed field goals Tuesday was a total failure from start to finish, while the other was a "good kick" that missed because Palardy played the wind incorrectly.

Dooley referenced "Richard III" for a second time when discussing the kick that went wrong from the very beginning.

"The snapper was a little bit off, the hold was about three inches ahead of his spot and the kick was not quite what he needed to be," Dooley said. "We missed the kick."

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Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor been on vacation this week and been in the magic herb...but dont this look familiar?
Bones never lie.

VolzsFan writes:

Sounds like DD is a bit upset with the administration. He cannot get the academic risks in at UT because of Cheek that the other SEC schools can. This is from a great source and explains why we have about the worst class so far in America

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Sounds like DD is a bit upset with the administration. He cannot get the academic risks in at UT because of Cheek that the other SEC schools can. This is from a great source and explains why we have about the worst class so far in America

Huh?

roloyo writes:

Huh? Musta slept thru that class.........

bfowler1161#262198 writes:

in response to roloyo:

Huh? Musta slept thru that class.........

Considering the post was off subject, then yes, must have been asleep.

orangecountyvols writes:

Derek,

Just remember........as W S said, "the play's the thing." Oops, I forgot, he wasn't talking about football !

woodwr#217203 writes:

Richard the Third was a creepy gimp, most everyone rooted against. His army was routed by an outnumbered enemy, possibly because his own troops preferred to lose.

After defending the beaches of Normandy, our Volunteers need a role of the good guys and the winners.

I'm getting concerned about the newly hired head coach and his inherited Offensive coordinator not connecting well enough.

69grad writes:

Anyone who knows a little about college football players and declared majors should understand that very few football players major in English , drama or fine arts. As a freshman at UT in 1969, I made a lot of money writing essays for athletes and engineering majors. GBO!

TKO writes:

To be or not to be

boomer writes:

The other side of the coin is that the aggregation of marginal gains leads to excellence.

"Step correctly, Mr. Guard"

"Place the ball on the spot, Mr. Holder"

"Call the proper adjustment, Mr. QB"

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to 69grad:

Anyone who knows a little about college football players and declared majors should understand that very few football players major in English , drama or fine arts. As a freshman at UT in 1969, I made a lot of money writing essays for athletes and engineering majors. GBO!

Uh oh. Now Doug Dickey is going to get in trouble with the NCAA. Look for the 69 season to be vacated.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to 99ss:

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You should try a different bar for happy hour. Or try sipping instead of sucking through a straw.

tdforvols writes:

Isn't "Shake Spear" an old FSU tradition?

GODDESS writes:

Like ANY football player on UT's team even knows who Shakespeare was. Ha! Fat chance.

navarrebeachvol writes:

speaking of fat, how are the thighs looking? big as ever?

keviningeorgia writes:

Didn't King Edward make a cigar? I'm thinking he did...

PDB writes:

HARK!!!

tdforvols writes:

in response to keviningeorgia:

Didn't King Edward make a cigar? I'm thinking he did...

No, That was Bill Clinton.

voloffaith writes:

in response to 99ss:

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Just curious did ewe have a thumb problem growing up? Several of ure posts have references to what people do with oranges,straws,etc Just curious if that was a fixation from the past that won't leave ewe alone.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to 99ss:

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Witch Doctor not want to hear about how many boyfriends you have and what you do with them....geez stay classy
Bones never lie.

UTKin1992 writes:

Alas! Every new tidbit of lunacy from camp leads me to feel less and less optimistic about this season.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Just watched some replays of the GA game;I lost count of the number of times Simms was sacked;he didn't even have room to roll out!!!Meanwhile Murray was rolling right with a quick release or running free for 15 yards..No doubt our worse loss of the season..Doesn't sound like Bray is doing to good from spring up to now...I wouldn't hesitate to start Simms;He's not that accurate beyond 25 yards but doesn't sound like Bray is doing much better..If the Oline is giving the QB time we could just about put anybody back there and complete passes..Happens all the time;QB's like McElroy do great bacause they are throwing behind a brick wall..If you don't control the offensive line of scrimmage it's hard to win games;it's simple football 101

flafan2001 writes:

Dooley is multi talented- he's a counselor, administrator, hygiene shower gym coach and now a philosopher. The only thing you can't call him is a winner.

VolzsFan writes:

How about these?

"nothing will come of nothing (this season),"
King Lear (I, i, 92)

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark (Tenn football)"
Hamlet Act 1, scene 4, 87–91

"The winter (season) of our discontent"
Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4

"Parting (with recruits) is such sweet sorrow"
Romeo And Juliet Act 2, scene 2, 176–185

Even Shakespeare could predict what Hamilton would do with this program.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Just watched some replays of the GA game;I lost count of the number of times Simms was sacked;he didn't even have room to roll out!!!Meanwhile Murray was rolling right with a quick release or running free for 15 yards..No doubt our worse loss of the season..Doesn't sound like Bray is doing to good from spring up to now...I wouldn't hesitate to start Simms;He's not that accurate beyond 25 yards but doesn't sound like Bray is doing much better..If the Oline is giving the QB time we could just about put anybody back there and complete passes..Happens all the time;QB's like McElroy do great bacause they are throwing behind a brick wall..If you don't control the offensive line of scrimmage it's hard to win games;it's simple football 101

Two future NFL players, Tajh Boyd and BJ Coleman, would look good right now as your #1 and #2.

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