Top 10 stories in 2011 for Tennessee football

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray celebrates with his mother, Lorie Bray, on his right, after the Vols defeated Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2011

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray celebrates with his mother, Lorie Bray, on his right, after the Vols defeated Vanderbilt 27-21 in overtime at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

The high points came early on the University of Tennessee football 2011 calendar.

It wasn't necessarily all downhill after Signing Day. Optimism was still rampant in mid-September, when the Vols boarded their flight for Gainesville, Fla.

All did not end well, however. It was largely a downhill run from The Swamp to Commonwealth Stadium.

Here's a recap of the top 10 stories in UT football for 2011.

1. Disaster in Lexington: The Streak had to end sometime, but 2011 didn't figure to be the year when Kentucky lined up with receiver Matt Roark playing quarterback. The Wildcats pulled the upset, 10-7, against an uninspired, ineffective Tennessee offense that managed only 276 yards. No bowl for the 5-7 Vols, only idle weeks for disgruntled fans to rehash their misery with the state of the program.

2. Hunter Out: It looked like the sky was the limit for sophomore receiver Justin Hunter. He had amassed 314 yards in the Vols' wins over Montana and Cincinnati. Then he tore up his knee on the first series at Florida on Sept. 17 and was done for the year. In essence, so was the UT offense.

3. Quarterback Shuffle: Tyler Bray's stock was soaring with Hunter's, even through the Buffalo game on Oct. 1. Then he fractured a finger on his right hand late in a loss to Georgia on Oct. 8.

With first Matt Simms and then true freshman Justin Worley at the helm, the offense struggled mightily. The Vols went 10 quarters without a touchdown at one point and won only once, over Middle Tennessee State.

Bray returned for the Vandy and Kentucky games, but he wasn't as sharp.

4. Da'Visive: Da'Rick Rogers made a case as UT's top talent, turning in an All-SEC season at receiver. However, reports of attitude issues permeated the post-Kentucky meltdown. Rogers enters 2012 under a cloud of controversy. Is he still a Vol in good standing or not?

5. Jackson Strikes Out: Safety Janzen Jackson lived on the edge but was talented enough for coach Derek Dooley to issue second and third chances.

Jackson, arguably UT's best defender, finally got the boot in August, necessitating a shuffle in the secondary. He played 2011 in obscurity at McNeese State.

6. No Rushing Here: There was great anticipation for a potent running game in preseason. UT's offensive linemen talked of a 2,000-yard campaign for senior Tauren Poole.

Nobody walked the walk, however. UT finished 116th in the nation in rushing offense at 90 yards a game. There were minus-yardage efforts against Florida and Georgia and a 35-yard day against South Carolina. Given one last chance at redemption the Vols managed only 61 yards in the debacle at Kentucky.

Poole finished with 693 yards, or 1,307 short of 2,000.

7. Overtime Hero: Nashville product Eric Gordon provided one of the few November highlights. His interception and 90-yard return for a touchdown in overtime delivered a 27-21 win over Vanderbilt.

The last thing the program needed by that point was losing to Vandy.

8. Signing Day: Dooley's second signing day at UT was cause to celebrate in February.

The Vols won some important late recruiting battles to add Cameron Clear, Antonio Richardson, Curt Maggitt and Byron Moore to an already solid class.

Maggitt, fellow linebacker A.J. Johnson and safety Brian Randolph would turn out to be starters and SEC All-Freshman picks, as was January enrollee Marcus Jackson.

9. NCAA Rulings: When the NCAA announced its sanctions in August after a two-year probe, football escaped major punishment.

The Committee on Infractions largely accepted UT's self-imposed penalties and didn't drop the hammer on the potentially serious allegation of the Orange Pride hostesses recruiting off campus.

10. Welcome Mizzou: Tennessee will have two more competitors for an SEC title in 2012. Missouri will be an annual opponent in the Eastern Division. There's no telling when the Vols will finally visit West addition Texas A&M in the 14-team conference.

Mike Strange may be reached at strangem@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/strangemike44 and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/strange

Get Copyright Permissions © 2011, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
Want to use this article? Click here for options!

© 2011 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Related Topics

Related Stories

Comments » 41

ricks995 writes:

I think Derek Dooley is a good man but I believe it is a foregone conclusion that he will not be the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers after next year. There are some problems with this team internally. This Arnett fiasco is a PR nightmare. Couple that with the fact that Dooley has a new boss who has already stated that their effort is unacceptable. It is highly likely that next years team will not show marked improvement from this year. It appeared that we got worse as this season went along. LSU and Alabama will be great. Arkansas and Florida will be solid. This leads to one obvious conclusion. Dooley has no chance.

volzrock54 writes:

Dooley hasn't shown me anything to make me believe he needs to be the head coach at Tennessee..

ricks995 writes:

in response to volzrock54:

Dooley hasn't shown me anything to make me believe he needs to be the head coach at Tennessee..

He has done some good things. The Vol for Life idea is a great one. He has done a decent job in "cleaning up the program". I think he put trust in a coaching staff that wasnt up to the challenge. Maybe he wasnt up to the challenge either. I agree with you. He hasnt shown much else.

ZKrashB writes:

I respect Dooley, but i believe that it's time for a change. He gets one more season in my book and if he doesn't win 9 or more games then i want him out, and its way to early to say this but i think that a very good replacement would be Jeff Fisher.

CroKev writes:

And the nay-sayers continue on into the New Year...

UT will win 8 or 9 games next year. They'll finish with a top 10 recruiting class next year. They'll lose a couple of stars as well after next season but depth will be much better. UT will finally beat UF and Dooley will be off the hot-seat.

Some big questions that need answering have to do with Hunter's and Lane's knees. I do think Bray will return to his 65-70% completion rate, especially if we can develop a run game. I think the linemen should be hitting the sled with a lot more force during the off-season. On that note, McKeefery did such a good job last season, I just wonder if it's possible to see the same kinds of gains this year from the non-freshmen. I sure hope he's doing something to help the guys be a two-half team.

I think Dooley is going to be a good one but I also was scratching my head a few times this season. He did a great job coaching against Cinci (who just beat up on the Commodores) with his onside kicks, etc. However, letting Stone continue to snap the ball into the ground ad nauseum against UF et al. got old quickly (especially with Bullard's availability). UK was just a fiasco.

I expect UT next year to be more like the team that played Bama and LSU in the first halves of both of those games.

Pullingguard writes:

The cadydids come out of hibernation when expert opinions are needed on Tennessee Football. The team will function better, the coach will be more of a coach and less a cheerleader, the Vols should win at least 7/8 games and after that the cadydids can go back into hiberation for few years. At least thats way I hope it happens.

born2ride writes:

Dooley is a nice guy and has more class than Kiffin but he is a lousy coach. Look at his record:

First coach in almost 30 years to lose to Kentucky.

First coach to ever start 0-6 in SEC.

1-7 and finished in last place.

Lost by over 100 points to Arkansas, LSU and Banma.

Running game ranked 116 out of 120 teams.

Dooley's best win is "Vandy".

In 5 years of coaching Dooley has had 1 winning season. He was 4-8 his last year at LA Tech.

The only reason Dooley was not fired is because of his $5 million buy out Hamilton gave him.

Next year we win 4 or 5 games under Dooley.

Unfortunately we are stuck with Dooley another year or so because of his contract.

Go Big Orange!

rtrchatt writes:

At least with your recruiting you do not worry
about kids leaving after 3 yrs....game changers not interested in UT.

ricks995 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

The cadydids come out of hibernation when expert opinions are needed on Tennessee Football. The team will function better, the coach will be more of a coach and less a cheerleader, the Vols should win at least 7/8 games and after that the cadydids can go back into hiberation for few years. At least thats way I hope it happens.

As I said, I like Dooley and hope that he turns it around next year. I just saw to many things this year that doesnt lead to that conclusion.. The center debacle with Stone..the complete lack of a kicking game with no improvement... the defeat by a Ky team with a wide reciever at QB...the complete lack of a running game....Im not sure what you mean by the term "cadydid" but if you mean a concerned and faithful fan them im a catydid.

Moesart writes:

Kiffin would have been gone by now anyway. Kiffin only took the UT job as a place holder until he could get back to USC or get back on a NFL coaching staff, which is his ultimate goal. Then, the USC job unexpectedly popped open and Kiffin was GONE. Some of us told the more stupid Vol fans around when Kiffin showed up not too get used to having him around. You didn't listen and were oh so shocked when he left.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Justin Wilcox going to be considered for Huskies DC?

Pullingguard writes:

in response to ricks995:

As I said, I like Dooley and hope that he turns it around next year. I just saw to many things this year that doesnt lead to that conclusion.. The center debacle with Stone..the complete lack of a kicking game with no improvement... the defeat by a Ky team with a wide reciever at QB...the complete lack of a running game....Im not sure what you mean by the term "cadydid" but if you mean a concerned and faithful fan them im a catydid.

Hey, I agree the 2011 was a disaster in many ways.. Lets just be positive and hope 2012 is a great improvement. I too am a faithful fan and have been for many years.

OrangePsyched writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

How can someone as incompetent as you call the kettle black. Yes I know who you are therefore I am able to judge. CDD will be here for a long time and you will too unfortunately. Really look forward to next year. 2012 REDEMPTION!

finn writes:

in response to ricks995:

As I said, I like Dooley and hope that he turns it around next year. I just saw to many things this year that doesnt lead to that conclusion.. The center debacle with Stone..the complete lack of a kicking game with no improvement... the defeat by a Ky team with a wide reciever at QB...the complete lack of a running game....Im not sure what you mean by the term "cadydid" but if you mean a concerned and faithful fan them im a catydid.

I'm with you, man. I had high hopes for CDD but my confidence level is quickly dropping. Even with an 8 win season in 2012, I still can't help but thinking that he is not going to be delivering a BCS bowl to UT any time soon (ie..ever.) CDD could be a good coach but I'm starting to think he lacks the intangibles needed to be a great one.

NottaVol writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

At least with your recruiting you do not worry
about kids leaving after 3 yrs....game changers not interested in UT.

You tell it Brother!!

LJS1984 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Dooley is a nice guy and has more class than Kiffin but he is a lousy coach. Look at his record:

First coach in almost 30 years to lose to Kentucky.

First coach to ever start 0-6 in SEC.

1-7 and finished in last place.

Lost by over 100 points to Arkansas, LSU and Banma.

Running game ranked 116 out of 120 teams.

Dooley's best win is "Vandy".

In 5 years of coaching Dooley has had 1 winning season. He was 4-8 his last year at LA Tech.

The only reason Dooley was not fired is because of his $5 million buy out Hamilton gave him.

Next year we win 4 or 5 games under Dooley.

Unfortunately we are stuck with Dooley another year or so because of his contract.

Go Big Orange!

Dooley's best win was Montana not Vandy! Montana almost won it all in 1-AA!

eduardo writes:

Derek Fooley gets canned...oh yeah thats 2012 cya

Navaloranges writes:

in response to born2ride:

Dooley is a nice guy and has more class than Kiffin but he is a lousy coach. Look at his record:

First coach in almost 30 years to lose to Kentucky.

First coach to ever start 0-6 in SEC.

1-7 and finished in last place.

Lost by over 100 points to Arkansas, LSU and Banma.

Running game ranked 116 out of 120 teams.

Dooley's best win is "Vandy".

In 5 years of coaching Dooley has had 1 winning season. He was 4-8 his last year at LA Tech.

The only reason Dooley was not fired is because of his $5 million buy out Hamilton gave him.

Next year we win 4 or 5 games under Dooley.

Unfortunately we are stuck with Dooley another year or so because of his contract.

Go Big Orange!

That's right "brett", or eduardo, or professionalhandikrapper, or merlot, and on and on and on, when Dooley FINALLY gets the two classes back we'll be fine. You know, the two classes we're missing because your savior Phil got complacent, and kiffy bolted for his dream job. You bashers seem to never really come with the FACTS. Just the drivel. We'll win at least 8 next year and you POSERS will have even newer screen names. You're the biggest bunch of whiners I've ever seen. And we know it's ALL coming from about three folks. jf, "brett" and walter, with their arsenal of screen names. Pure genius.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Looky here, it's "brett" screen name #13. I'd wager that your little problem with Dooley is Fulmer motivated. He!!, I'd bet the ranch on it. If we had hired ANY other coach than Dooley, he'd have the same or worse record to this point. You posers would be saying the same thing no matter who it is. OUR problem isn't Dooley, it's the affects of the double coaching changes. You "fans" that bash Dooley NEVER seem to mention that we're graduating 5 contributors this year and next. NO OTHER SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY is in that shape roster wise. If you say otherwise, you are a liar. THAT is where our problems stem, but you whiney Fulmerites can't come to grips with the truth. Denial and ignoring FACTS is no way to go through life, "BRETT".

brokendownoldvol writes:

in response to born2ride:

Dooley is a nice guy and has more class than Kiffin but he is a lousy coach. Look at his record:

First coach in almost 30 years to lose to Kentucky.

First coach to ever start 0-6 in SEC.

1-7 and finished in last place.

Lost by over 100 points to Arkansas, LSU and Banma.

Running game ranked 116 out of 120 teams.

Dooley's best win is "Vandy".

In 5 years of coaching Dooley has had 1 winning season. He was 4-8 his last year at LA Tech.

The only reason Dooley was not fired is because of his $5 million buy out Hamilton gave him.

Next year we win 4 or 5 games under Dooley.

Unfortunately we are stuck with Dooley another year or so because of his contract.

Go Big Orange!

You forgot the team was worse after 25 games with most of the players starting for 25 games than they were in Dooley's first game. That is the real concern.

snakeplissken writes:

Very few knowledgeable people I've talked to beileve that Dooley can turn it around. After two years under his leadership our football team is slowly regressing into the abyss.

Most people with inside information feel that anything less than 9 regular season victories in 2012 will seal Dooley's inevitable fate. Tennessee returns many more starters than ANYONE in the SEC for 2012, and our schedule is much easier. 10 wins are very attainable with our schedule, but 9 wins with three competitive losses will probably get Dooley one more year.

Note that Dave Hart has already said Dooley's coaching against Kentucky is UNACCEPTABLE, and also note that hart did NOT extend Dooley's contract, which is the norm as a vote of confidence.

Dooley needs to get control of the team in the offseason. But right now he needs to sign a top 5-8 team with incoming recruits.

cyclonevol87 writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

At least with your recruiting you do not worry
about kids leaving after 3 yrs....game changers not interested in UT.

But you sure are go figure! VFL

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to CroKev:

And the nay-sayers continue on into the New Year...

UT will win 8 or 9 games next year. They'll finish with a top 10 recruiting class next year. They'll lose a couple of stars as well after next season but depth will be much better. UT will finally beat UF and Dooley will be off the hot-seat.

Some big questions that need answering have to do with Hunter's and Lane's knees. I do think Bray will return to his 65-70% completion rate, especially if we can develop a run game. I think the linemen should be hitting the sled with a lot more force during the off-season. On that note, McKeefery did such a good job last season, I just wonder if it's possible to see the same kinds of gains this year from the non-freshmen. I sure hope he's doing something to help the guys be a two-half team.

I think Dooley is going to be a good one but I also was scratching my head a few times this season. He did a great job coaching against Cinci (who just beat up on the Commodores) with his onside kicks, etc. However, letting Stone continue to snap the ball into the ground ad nauseum against UF et al. got old quickly (especially with Bullard's availability). UK was just a fiasco.

I expect UT next year to be more like the team that played Bama and LSU in the first halves of both of those games.

I agree with you. Not sure about stars leaving for the NFL early, though there sure is a lot of smoke on message boards about that happening. Bray needs maturity, a lot of reps, and to show he can read defenses and hold up physically. Hunter looks amazing, but has only been a starter for TWO games, and needs time to show durability. Da'Rick needs maturity, time for red flags to subside, as well as cutting down on drops. If I'm an NFL GM, not sure I'm investing anything beyond late draft picks for what we've seen so far.

eduardo writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

That's right "brett", or eduardo, or professionalhandikrapper, or merlot, and on and on and on, when Dooley FINALLY gets the two classes back we'll be fine. You know, the two classes we're missing because your savior Phil got complacent, and kiffy bolted for his dream job. You bashers seem to never really come with the FACTS. Just the drivel. We'll win at least 8 next year and you POSERS will have even newer screen names. You're the biggest bunch of whiners I've ever seen. And we know it's ALL coming from about three folks. jf, "brett" and walter, with their arsenal of screen names. Pure genius.

got news for ya koolaid man if doolander doesnt win 9 games he is outta here. Here's hoping he doesnt!

senracjr writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

At least with your recruiting you do not worry
about kids leaving after 3 yrs....game changers not interested in UT.

and Bama still gets the best players money can buy!

knoxchatter writes:

'The loss of Bray and Hunter...' we've heard it time and time again...to which most will agree now that it may have made a little difference...but not A LOT of difference! When Bray did come back, he was obviously quite a bit rusty, even as this article states. The question regarding Bray is this: he's obviously talented...but, his maturity level and decision making ability CONTINUE to pop up in everything you read about him. At this point in his career, should these factors even still be mentioned? Is HE doing anything on and off the field to remedy this and take on the leadership role that is required of a college quarterback...especially in the SEC? The coaches can only do so much...at some point, the player has to take on the responsibility....is he showing signs of doing this? I'm not slamming him...I'm merely asking if anyone sees any signs of improvement in these areas...

snakeplissken writes:

in response to knoxchatter:

'The loss of Bray and Hunter...' we've heard it time and time again...to which most will agree now that it may have made a little difference...but not A LOT of difference! When Bray did come back, he was obviously quite a bit rusty, even as this article states. The question regarding Bray is this: he's obviously talented...but, his maturity level and decision making ability CONTINUE to pop up in everything you read about him. At this point in his career, should these factors even still be mentioned? Is HE doing anything on and off the field to remedy this and take on the leadership role that is required of a college quarterback...especially in the SEC? The coaches can only do so much...at some point, the player has to take on the responsibility....is he showing signs of doing this? I'm not slamming him...I'm merely asking if anyone sees any signs of improvement in these areas...

The loss of Bray and Hunter affecting our tem in a big way was just an excuse concocted by Dooley and his staff to cover their ineptness. Neither Bray or Hunter blocked for runners, ran the ball, played defense, or played special teams - ALL areas that the team grossly underachieved in, looking like the Keystone Kops.

As far as Bray, he'll probably have to attend summer school because he has some grade issues. Very stong rumors are that Bray still likes to "smoke", so if true there's always a possibility he gets caught again, and maybe this time Dooley won't keep covering it up like he did with JJ. We all know that Bray hasn't ever proved himself against a good team, and couldn't even beat the worst Kentucky team in a decade.

Player development and what QB the coaches start IS on the coaches, as is making sure the players attend class, etc. So the responsibility is on the coaches!

OrangePsyched writes:

Navaloranges with fools who are mentally unarmed. I could argue with my 3 yr. old all day but what would be the point. My argument is with this site that allows 2 or 3 to post under 05 different names and dominate the commentary to make it appear there is a consensus of opinion. Of course there is 95% are behind CDD. Also the real experts say that Dooley is getting UT to where it needs to be. Wormplissken you're about as funny as your old lady. Happy New Year to true Vols fans everywhere! REDEMPTION in 2012!

ncvol17 writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

I agree with you. Not sure about stars leaving for the NFL early, though there sure is a lot of smoke on message boards about that happening. Bray needs maturity, a lot of reps, and to show he can read defenses and hold up physically. Hunter looks amazing, but has only been a starter for TWO games, and needs time to show durability. Da'Rick needs maturity, time for red flags to subside, as well as cutting down on drops. If I'm an NFL GM, not sure I'm investing anything beyond late draft picks for what we've seen so far.

"though there sure is a lot of smoke on message boards about that happening" - WTF.. half the posters on message boards go to work with their names on their shirts. They make up stuff and then they and their online brethren believe it. Do you actually think anyone with inside AD knowledge posts on a message board? If so, you must get fleeced a lot in life..good luck in 2012

69grad writes:

Nice guys finish last.

BolivrBob writes:

in response to ZKrashB:

I respect Dooley, but i believe that it's time for a change. He gets one more season in my book and if he doesn't win 9 or more games then i want him out, and its way to early to say this but i think that a very good replacement would be Jeff Fisher.

I see 7 probable/possible losses. NC State, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi St and South Carolina. He will have to win 7 to stay. The team should be better, but so should everybody else. Not sure he can win 7 with what I've seen so far.

Bubba_Knows writes:

Dooley is a nice guy. So was Battle and we know how that turned out. The difference is Battle was given a very talented team from Dickey and he tore it down through horrible recruiting. The same cannot be said of Dooley. He inherited a pretty sub-par TN bunch lacking depth which has to compete against an SEC league that may be the best from top to bottom in the history of college football. This makes it extremely difficult to win or to recruit. While he hasn't won, Dooley has done a pretty good job recruiting all things considered (top 15 recruiting after a 5 win season and no bowl). I have been less impressed with his on field coaching. The biggest eye sore to me is the lack of improvement in many areas - especially on the OL. The OL run blocking has been well documented. Still, the OL is young so I give Dooley a pass for one more year. I believe that if the OL has not made improvement as Juniors, you have to start questionning the coaching. The youth excuse starts to go out the window. This is the pivitol year for Dooley IMO. I for one hope he does well!

sunglaspro#374094 writes:

in response to snakeplissken:

Very few knowledgeable people I've talked to beileve that Dooley can turn it around. After two years under his leadership our football team is slowly regressing into the abyss.

Most people with inside information feel that anything less than 9 regular season victories in 2012 will seal Dooley's inevitable fate. Tennessee returns many more starters than ANYONE in the SEC for 2012, and our schedule is much easier. 10 wins are very attainable with our schedule, but 9 wins with three competitive losses will probably get Dooley one more year.

Note that Dave Hart has already said Dooley's coaching against Kentucky is UNACCEPTABLE, and also note that hart did NOT extend Dooley's contract, which is the norm as a vote of confidence.

Dooley needs to get control of the team in the offseason. But right now he needs to sign a top 5-8 team with incoming recruits.

Hart did not say Dooley's coaching was unacceptable. This is his exact quote:
"That particular performance on that particular day was unacceptable. I'm not going to sugarcoat that. Unacceptable. I'm sure Derek feels the same way, the players feel the same. Unacceptable."
Now obviously Dooley is ultimately responsible for the teams performance, but we read into his comments differently.
I read Hart's comments to mean he feels Dooley can get the job done.
Also people i consider knowledgeable think he can.
The truth is,at this point nobody knows.
You maybe right, or I doubt we would be the first program to bounce back nicely from a disappointing season.
Instead of arguing my faith in him against your
faith against him, why don't we just let it play out and see?

CCLC writes:

The UT fans will soon be looking back on the Kiffin Regime with a sense of nostalgia

dk writes:

I really didn't care that Kiffin left Tennessee for USC, his dream job. The thing that bothered me about all that was the fact that will he was getting on the plane to fly out West, his goon was calling the Tennessee commitments that were going to enroll in January and tried to talk them out of enrolling. That was dirty pool and I didn't like that. Only one player failed to show and he went to UNC and they are on probation now. Kiffin could coach, and no one worked any harder at the job of HC than he did. He coached USC to a 10-2 record this year and with probation over and Barkley coming back, look for USC to be in the preseason top 5. They could be 1 or 2 preseason picks.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

in response to CroKev:

And the nay-sayers continue on into the New Year...

UT will win 8 or 9 games next year. They'll finish with a top 10 recruiting class next year. They'll lose a couple of stars as well after next season but depth will be much better. UT will finally beat UF and Dooley will be off the hot-seat.

Some big questions that need answering have to do with Hunter's and Lane's knees. I do think Bray will return to his 65-70% completion rate, especially if we can develop a run game. I think the linemen should be hitting the sled with a lot more force during the off-season. On that note, McKeefery did such a good job last season, I just wonder if it's possible to see the same kinds of gains this year from the non-freshmen. I sure hope he's doing something to help the guys be a two-half team.

I think Dooley is going to be a good one but I also was scratching my head a few times this season. He did a great job coaching against Cinci (who just beat up on the Commodores) with his onside kicks, etc. However, letting Stone continue to snap the ball into the ground ad nauseum against UF et al. got old quickly (especially with Bullard's availability). UK was just a fiasco.

I expect UT next year to be more like the team that played Bama and LSU in the first halves of both of those games.

Wake up!

packagestore writes:

Many say coach Dooley would not get another job at a BCS school if dismissed from UT. Appears he could be in the same situation as a previous coach at UT who had a National Championship on his resume and never landed another coching position.

5 bucks and a Sears Trophy will get you a cup of coffee.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

No way the trolls such as Mer-leave would be running their mouths to fans such as NavalOranges..........in person.

BTW, it is said that some recruits actually read these comments on GoVolsExtra. We know surely you are intelligent enough to see that trolls such as Mer-leave are probably plants and have absolutely no clout, and no influence on anything or anyone, of importance.

In fact, the trolls as you probably know by now, are really very boring and bring nothing of any relevance to the conversation.

They are uncomfortable because many of us know them for what they are.........plants and wannabe
trouble makers. So for you guys on the outside having to determine who is really for Tennessee and not simply attempting to stir up trouble and looking like idiots, just see for yourselves that those such as Mer-leave, the troll of the year, are the ones whose intent is to hurt the Vols.

Go Vols, and put the trolls in the rear view mirror.

frblalack writes:

in response to ricks995:

I think Derek Dooley is a good man but I believe it is a foregone conclusion that he will not be the coach of the Tennessee Volunteers after next year. There are some problems with this team internally. This Arnett fiasco is a PR nightmare. Couple that with the fact that Dooley has a new boss who has already stated that their effort is unacceptable. It is highly likely that next years team will not show marked improvement from this year. It appeared that we got worse as this season went along. LSU and Alabama will be great. Arkansas and Florida will be solid. This leads to one obvious conclusion. Dooley has no chance.

ricks, volsrock54, merlot, snakeplisken....either you were born without "smarts" or you just like posting "stooopid". Anyway it is very offensive to any loyal Vol fan to have to read your derisive comments about our Coach, program, athletic department, and University.

If you don't see the silver lining in what's happened, then Happy New Year Trolls. And pleaaaase do the true Vol fans a favor, & get back to work on Barney's campaign...he needs you.
Fife, of course.

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life

OrangePsyched writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You want to talk about stupid..you should hear about how your old lady talks about you. She wished you weren't around for next year. When your family turns on you then you know something is wrong.
We will get our REDEMPTION IN 2012 while you schmucks will get what you deserve. Punk slapped at home that will make you more miserable creatures thus ranting in here to make you feel better. Live alone accept your failure and quit bothering people. No charge.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to CroKev:

And the nay-sayers continue on into the New Year...

UT will win 8 or 9 games next year. They'll finish with a top 10 recruiting class next year. They'll lose a couple of stars as well after next season but depth will be much better. UT will finally beat UF and Dooley will be off the hot-seat.

Some big questions that need answering have to do with Hunter's and Lane's knees. I do think Bray will return to his 65-70% completion rate, especially if we can develop a run game. I think the linemen should be hitting the sled with a lot more force during the off-season. On that note, McKeefery did such a good job last season, I just wonder if it's possible to see the same kinds of gains this year from the non-freshmen. I sure hope he's doing something to help the guys be a two-half team.

I think Dooley is going to be a good one but I also was scratching my head a few times this season. He did a great job coaching against Cinci (who just beat up on the Commodores) with his onside kicks, etc. However, letting Stone continue to snap the ball into the ground ad nauseum against UF et al. got old quickly (especially with Bullard's availability). UK was just a fiasco.

I expect UT next year to be more like the team that played Bama and LSU in the first halves of both of those games.

Keep on dreaming son. We will in no way win 9 games next year. Sirmon and Wilcox are leaving for Washington, and Dooley is in WAY over his head here

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features