SEC Media Days: Three questions will be storylines about UT

The star power hasn't yet returned, largely leaving a void on the all-conference teams.

The rebuilding process isn't complete, which will likely relegate the program to another projected finish in the bottom-half of the division.

And this year, Tennessee doesn't even have a new coach to introduce to steal away some headlines at SEC Media Days, which start Wednesday in Hoover, Ala.

The Vols are still more than capable of making some news and certainly proved a year ago that they can be competitive with the best teams in the league. So even if they aren't in the brightest spotlight this week, they will continue to generate interest — and these storylines figure to pop up the most when the discussion shifts away from NCAA scandals and limits on recruiting classes.

CAN THE VOLS CONTEND THIS YEAR?

Despite the public proclamation of last season being Year Zero for coach Derek Dooley, the Vols obviously aren't planning to go through the motions this fall.

Even a year ago with a roster that didn't look ready for a title, the Vols were able to show some fight and at least land a couple punches against some heavyweights — even sending LSU to the ropes before an unforgettable finish left them without a signature win on the resume.

UT generally wasn't able to keep up with the tougher teams on the schedule for a full 60 minutes last fall, but within its division, the East appears wide open this season behind prohibitive favorite South Carolina. Can Dooley again change his timetable?

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH JANZEN JACKSON?

For months now, Dooley has fiercely protected the personal reasons for the withdrawal from school and the eventual return of his star safety this summer.

That doesn't figure to change in front of the 900-plus media members in Alabama, though it surely won't be for lack of effort by the attendees.

Jackson is perhaps the single most valuable player UT has on the roster this fall, so he was already going to be receiving some chatter. And now that he's back in the fold and on the ballot for the media's preseason All-SEC squad, that talk might be even louder.

WHO IS STEPPING FORWARD AMONG THE LEAGUE'S OFFENSIVE ELITE?

Coming off a 1,000-yard season, Tauren Poole would be a prime candidate to stand as UT's best hope to emerge as the best at his position in the conference.

Unfortunately for the senior running back, Poole is battling with arguably the deepest group of rushers anywhere in the nation — and making headway won't come easily.

That makes Tyler Bray the logical pick to make his name the best known around SEC circles, particularly given the relative lack of marquee quarterbacks this fall.

Georgia's Aaron Murray is expected to be the standard this season, but after that the door is wide open. If Bray can build on his dynamic debut as a freshman, he might be the guy with the first chance to close it behind him.

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ChrisUTvol writes:

Go Tyler!!!!!!!!

tnaseevol writes:

1.-NO

2.-Who the he11 knows

3.-Noone?

drgreear writes:

1. Yes, the vols will compete this year. I'm not saying we are going to go out and win the SEC. I'm saying we have a good shot at the East.

2. I'm going to be positive here too and say that JJ is straightened out and ready to go. I fill like Dooley wouldn't let him on the team if he wasn't ready.

3. Bray will beat out Murray this year simply because he has targets to throw too. Da'rick and Justin will be HUGE for our offense and Aaron Murray lost his top two receivers. Poole is going to have a great year and rush for +1200 yds behind an improved and methodical offensive line.

NickDanger-ThirdEye writes:

1. No, good talent but still young and thin.
2. Looks like he will contribute or CDD would not have wasted the time on him. If he is around for 12 games it is a big plus.
3. Overall better on off. We should rush better and score more. Tyler's yds should be down overall because we will not be passing on 2nd and 1 all of the time.
In general a more rounded team with the capability of playing well on any given Sat. 7-5 you pick the upset.

GreerVol22 writes:

What's a "noone"?

Dooley will be the hit of the party....

UTByrd writes:

Never underestimate a team that is young, talented (will be), hungry, outstanding work ethic, and of high moral quality. This makes for a really good TEAM.
I love everything I've read about the coaches, especially McKeefry. When a team bleeds together and when the time comes, they will have each other's back.
I was really impressed the most last year by the lack of finger pointing and blame gaming when times were bad. Thanks to Coach Dooley.
CD has a team with one year of his plan under it's belt, 1 more year of college practices, and a pretty good class coming in.

I can see this team surprising some successful but arrogant attitude teams this year. Like I said, it's best not to underestimate a team of this nature.

Go VOLS!!!!!

UofTNVol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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A cautionary tale. We got flat out screwed out of two wins last year. THAT should be another storyline at media days. Better days ahead, my Vols. GBO

BamaVol writes:

in response to ChrisUTvol:

Go Tyler!!!!!!!!

RB Hill from Ohio has committed

Voluvr writes:

Here he is...6'2" 210 lbs. and fast. Watch the last TD...reminds me of Greg Amsler but faster.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTbHud...

Voluvr writes:

I'm sure slOHIO St. isn't happy about losing Hill.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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i'm busy watching the replay of fsu thump the gaturds at doke.

fsu is in a basketball conference. aren't they?

RaineyVol writes:

in response to BamaVol:

RB Hill from Ohio has committed

looks like how foster ran the ball. But held on to it.

CroKev writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Yes, you had a good run but when exactly did that 1 in the loss column appear? Face it, the trend does not look too good. UF was a power and is now relegated to 3rd or 4th in the weak SEC East. Time to live in the present and hold on to hope in the future.

volsfannsc writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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At the time- no one could believe Rome was falling either. All good things must come to an end. If you didn't see this coming as Teebow graduated, you were blind.

Huttdawg100 writes:

On Janzen Jackson:

The NFL is right around the corner. I think he straightens up and gets his act together because he wants to get paid. I don't care what his problem is, an abundance of money sure helps relieve some stress. Janzen Jackson is gonna have a big year.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Well, I see that Media Days are once again in Hoover, Alabama. Back 6 or 7 years ago, when Alabama white trash harassed Fulmer and turned the whole event into a circus, Slive said he was going to move Media Days to a different location away from the Bammers. Once again this year, Slive forgot. Thanks, Slive.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

I think JJ will be fine. As long as its not illegally personal issues its private issues that we should respect and move on with. This kid can be special like the Raging Chief. Lol I think he is hungry to make that next level but first things first be a VFL. Go Vols!

lomas98 writes:

in response to drgreear:

1. Yes, the vols will compete this year. I'm not saying we are going to go out and win the SEC. I'm saying we have a good shot at the East.

2. I'm going to be positive here too and say that JJ is straightened out and ready to go. I fill like Dooley wouldn't let him on the team if he wasn't ready.

3. Bray will beat out Murray this year simply because he has targets to throw too. Da'rick and Justin will be HUGE for our offense and Aaron Murray lost his top two receivers. Poole is going to have a great year and rush for +1200 yds behind an improved and methodical offensive line.

Agree with 1. East is open but SC is clearly the most talented. Can they do it as a favorite? As usual the TN-FL will go a long way to helping TN's confidence although it has been a long time since 2004.

2. Not sure if JJ is straightened out. He has had some issues both years so far. I say if he gives us half the season will be a bonus. We just don't know.

3. Bray does have the targets, but I hope they do more than just run fly patterns. Hunter only caught 16 passes last year and Rogers could only run reverses or bomb patterns. Murray did lose his top 2 receivers but Bray lost his top 3. Hopefully Poole can put it together. He ran for almost 20% of his yards last year in the first half against Oregon.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Well, I see that Media Days are once again in Hoover, Alabama. Back 6 or 7 years ago, when Alabama white trash harassed Fulmer and turned the whole event into a circus, Slive said he was going to move Media Days to a different location away from the Bammers. Once again this year, Slive forgot. Thanks, Slive.

We'll forgive the nasty comment and just consider that you must be one yourself. As far as why the event is in Birmingham, it happens to be the center of the conference schools. Get out a map and take a look, smarty pants. Maybe it should be moved to Memphis. Now there's a beautiful spot on the map.

KiwiLuvsUT writes:

in response to NickDanger-ThirdEye:

1. No, good talent but still young and thin.
2. Looks like he will contribute or CDD would not have wasted the time on him. If he is around for 12 games it is a big plus.
3. Overall better on off. We should rush better and score more. Tyler's yds should be down overall because we will not be passing on 2nd and 1 all of the time.
In general a more rounded team with the capability of playing well on any given Sat. 7-5 you pick the upset.

LSU. Home game. Revenge. FUN!

KiwiLuvsUT writes:

Yes. Hill is a 3 star.
You remember Dan Williams right?
He wasn't even ranked. Give the guy a chance.
He might just surprise you. And anyway look at these big 5 star recruits majority drop out, get arrested, our suspended. *cough* *cough* Ohio State.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Hey Gomer,

When will they televise Florida's game against Baylor this year in the Shereveport Bowl? Both should be 6 and 6 with the winner getting over 500 bragging rights. Hopefully Galen Muschamp and Chuck Weis can teach one of the Tight Ends you have playing QB to throw, that is if you can find a Center that can get the ball to the QB.

KiwiLuvsUT writes:

1. We will contend. I say 8-4. Upset LSU and South Carolina.
2. Give the guy a break. He was working something in his PERSONAL life out. PERSONAL meaning he doesn't want you idiots knowing.
3. Tyler Bray. Period. Best Quarterback in a long time. He has two hotshot recievers (Rogers and Hunter) and a RB (Poole). He is set.

GO Big Orange!
See ya at the picnic:)

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to SmokeyTheBlueTickHoundDog:

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1. 5 years is completely unrealistic. If there were a dominant team currently in the East, then maybe. But the East is completely up for grabs. S. Car is on the ups, but who knows how long they can hold that trend. Richt’s job is year-to-year and with no running game (making them pretty one-dimensional) and OL issues, I don’t imagine this year will be any less stressful for him. Florida, probably the biggest question mark… didn’t meet expectations last year, and with a new coaching staff, nobody is certain how they’ll do this year either.

2. I would hardly consider Jackson a diva. It’s not like any of this is bringing positive press his way, nor has he spoken with any media outlets. And are you honestly going to suggest that every other team in the country DOESN’T overlook a few flaws for key players? I think you’re the one who’s delusional now.

3. Tyler was a gun slinger, but you keep ignoring the fact that he was a freshman last year and still didn’t know grasp the entire playbook, so they ran formations that played into his strength. I think you’ll see a much different QB this year.

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

We'll forgive the nasty comment and just consider that you must be one yourself. As far as why the event is in Birmingham, it happens to be the center of the conference schools. Get out a map and take a look, smarty pants. Maybe it should be moved to Memphis. Now there's a beautiful spot on the map.

If you don't want to be insulted by Tennessee fans, get your Alabama behind off the Tennessee website. They do need to move the SEC headquarters out of Birmingham, as it is not a neutral location -- teeming with Bammers. Nashville would be better.

MusicCityVol writes:

1. Can't see us contending for the East this year but next year and in 2013, absolutely.

2. He has personal issues. Why do we need to know? As long as he's on the field who really cares? All we should do is hope and pray that the kid gets his life straight.

3. Justin Hunter will be an All-SEC WR at season's end. Other than Jeffrey at SC the league is dying for another star. Hunter is that guy.

2011 Schedule Breakdown - Alabama
http://www.checkerboardchatter.com/20...

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

We'll forgive the nasty comment and just consider that you must be one yourself. As far as why the event is in Birmingham, it happens to be the center of the conference schools. Get out a map and take a look, smarty pants. Maybe it should be moved to Memphis. Now there's a beautiful spot on the map.

Just to clarify, my "nasty comment" was only directed toward those Alabama fans who were harassing Fulmer by showing up at Media Days, calling Finebaum and spreading nasty comments about Fulmer, making up and spreading slanderous lies about his personal life, and so forth - all because they couldn't stand it because Fulmer beat Alabama so many times. If you don't fit any of those categories, then my "nasty comment" was not directed at you.

Pompey writes:

in response to SmokeyTheBlueTickHoundDog:

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....the drugs that you are buying on the street are doing you no good.....your are still incoherent, not to mention delusional....take a deep breath; regardless of your last bad trip I can assure you that you are not a "blue tick hound dog”, nor would you know one if one bit you… its football we are talking about here…… rehab will help you but it is a long process, although it sounds like you are running out of time…

Theo writes:

in response to SmokeyTheBlueTickHoundDog:

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Diva? Hmm? How about a kid who hams it up outside an LA nightclub for TMZ? How about a kid who admits he's getting paid enough at USC to hold off on going to the NFL. Maybe that kid is the diva, or at least suspended.
Vacate ON!

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I know what you mean Turncoat, Fulmer blamed the other teams in 2007 when Cal beat us 45 to 31 and Florida beat us 59-20. I forgot who he blamed the Wyoming loss on, I think it was Gene Autry. You were a UT fan at that time weren't you? Just curious Benedict, what are the Vegas odds on you becoming a UT fan again? Ex UT fans who Turncoat are pathetic. You have lost any respect (like you ever had any) on this site when you lied for 3 years about being a Vandy fan. You could of at least chosen a better team to lie about being a Fan.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to CroatianVol:

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Plus people forget that Denarius Moore dropped a sure TD pass wide open in the end zone on the first series of the game, which was followed by a short, missed FG. People like to give UK a TD when they dropped the ball, but they forget about UT's.

espender#273698 writes:

in response to SmokeyTheBlueTickHoundDog:

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Yo, Smokey you're back! Thought after the comments yesterday you'd stay off for a few days! You ain't no Vol, so what can you be, hmmmm?

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to KiwiLuvsUT:

LSU. Home game. Revenge. FUN!

That's what I was thinking..

Prowlin'Smokey will be huntin' down some Tigers...

espender#273698 writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

We'll forgive the nasty comment and just consider that you must be one yourself. As far as why the event is in Birmingham, it happens to be the center of the conference schools. Get out a map and take a look, smarty pants. Maybe it should be moved to Memphis. Now there's a beautiful spot on the map.

Hey Joe! Yeah I used to live in that glamourous hole called Birmingham and Jefferson County, Al. The soon to be largest municipal bankruptcy in US History. StevefromMemphis is right Slime forgot. The reason they moved the SEC Championship game was Birmingham conveniently forgot to pay the SEC office their cut years ago.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to CroatianVol:

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CV,

Don't pay any attention to that stupid troll..He is an angry ex-Vol fan, who is obsessed with events that happened last year that most of us have forgotten about.

voloffaith writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

CV,

Don't pay any attention to that stupid troll..He is an angry ex-Vol fan, who is obsessed with events that happened last year that most of us have forgotten about.

Plus this is twice he has tried the 21-0 bit and has had his hand called on it. Like a criminal that doesn't learn the first time he was caught and keeps hoping he is smarter than the rest.

VOLliven2it writes:

Hey we all hope Bray will be the man. He proved himself last year but against lesser opponents. So give him a break if it takes a few games against stiffer defenses. I hope it doesn't because FL comes early on. Meanwhile, the o line will be better. Our defense will have a little more depth but lacking in big playmakers along the line except M. Jackson. I just look forward to the reality instead of all the dreaming on here from both sides, trollcity and fanmania! GO BIG ORANGE! Let's Get FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE here Quickly!

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Just to clarify, my "nasty comment" was only directed toward those Alabama fans who were harassing Fulmer by showing up at Media Days, calling Finebaum and spreading nasty comments about Fulmer, making up and spreading slanderous lies about his personal life, and so forth - all because they couldn't stand it because Fulmer beat Alabama so many times. If you don't fit any of those categories, then my "nasty comment" was not directed at you.

I am a strong UT fan, but Fulmer brought all of that on himself by turning Alabama in to the NCAA, to cover his own rear. Remember the payments to Tee Martin?

Vol43 writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

We'll forgive the nasty comment and just consider that you must be one yourself. As far as why the event is in Birmingham, it happens to be the center of the conference schools. Get out a map and take a look, smarty pants. Maybe it should be moved to Memphis. Now there's a beautiful spot on the map.

Smarty pants? Now that was funny Jo Jo. I should start calling css that!

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