UT point guard Melvin Goins practices with the football team

Tennessee guard Melvin Goins shoots a three pointer during practice at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Goins was observed practicing with the football team on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

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Tennessee guard Melvin Goins shoots a three pointer during practice at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, March 17, 2011. Goins was observed practicing with the football team on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Derek Dooley talks about Melvin Goins practicing with the football team

Before he watched Melvin Goins embark on his first football practice since freshman year of high school, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley corralled the former UT point guard and offered some optimistic words of encouragement.

“I looked at the stats, 1.7 steals per game,” Dooley said after Tuesday’s practice, the fifth of the spring. “I told him he’d make all-conference if he keeps up that pace in football.”

Goins, wearing an orange No. 7 jersey, worked with the secondary and didn’t face contact in his first practice with the Vols. He could see some hitting by the end of the spring, Dooley said, but Goins’ immersion will be evaluated “day to day.”

“I thought it was better for him to come out here now and get a little feel,” Dooley said. “We’re not going to throw him out there in the fire and then after spring, maybe he can decide if he wants to really invest in it.”

Asked if he saw the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Goins as a safety or a cornerback, Dooley laughed.

“I see him as a point guard right now,” Dooley said. “I can tell you, when we play three-on-three, he’s on my team. We’re going to be good when we get into the offseason three-on-three hoops tournament.”

Goins was not made available to reporters after Tuesday’s practice. On his Twitter account, Goins thanked UT fans for their support and wrote that it “felt good to be back on the gridiron.”

Goins’ eligibility to play basketball expired at the end of the season, but he potentially could be eligible for a waiver to play football in 2011. In 2009, Greg Paulus, after playing four consecutive years of basketball at Duke, transferred to Syracuse and played one year of football for the Orange.

Former UT sprinter Evander Wells tried out for the team last season, but he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the process.

“I felt bad, but at least he didn’t have any eligibility left,” Dooley said. “So watch out, Melvin.”

Goins, who is set to graduate in the summer with a degree in sociology, would have to enroll in graduate school to be eligible.

Goins, a San Diego native, spent his freshman season at Ball State before he transferred to Mt. San Jacinto (Calif.) Junior College in 2008. Goins averaged 7.9 points and 2.8 assists per game and started 33 of 34 games this past season.

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orangeJACKET writes:

first

OwensboroVol writes:

If he is as quick on the Football field as he was on the Basketball court we may have something. Does anyone know if he played football in High School? I know its a long shot, but look at San Diego's tight end. Good Luck Melvin, I hope you get into the playing rotation!

Bigger_Al writes:

Hmmm... I remember Stanley Asumnu trying this a few years back. But different time, different dude.

tree_em_smokey writes:

This is so weird! Speechless.

HallowedHill writes:

Cool!

GO VOLS!

HallowedHill writes:

I've heard Dooley say that he doesn't have open try-outs. Instead, he relies solely on film. I'm guessing he must have played in high school.

everydayisorange writes:

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Certainly not you! Don't worry about it, Mr. Herm the germ Mathews!

Ironcity writes:

He is going to have to improve on that 6.0 40. I don't think he could hang with any receiver or TE in the SEC based on what I saw.

SEC1 writes:

funny, i can see it now... 6-6 kelly cain starting at DE

everydayisorange writes:

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Maybe she does! Certainly better than anything peabody could field! Oh! BTY since you responded to the name, must be true!

VOLliven2it writes:

That's not some kind of infraction is it? We wouldn't want our AD to get in trouble with the NCAA. Oops I shouldn't have mentioned it. Now they will make up some kind of rule against it before June. If he makes it, wonderful. We likely will need some more dbs. I can see a big interception headed for the end zone now "Going, Goins, Gone!" Wishful thinking at best, we'll see how it goes.

hillsborovol writes:

in response to Ironcity:

He is going to have to improve on that 6.0 40. I don't think he could hang with any receiver or TE in the SEC based on what I saw.

Ironcity...do you think that time could be off? That is hard for me to believe, unless you are just joking. Melvin seemed quick on the hardwood.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to SEC1:

funny, i can see it now... 6-6 kelly cain starting at DE

maybe you can come out of the closet, buy a skirt and try out for the dance squad?

back to the subject. i wish the guy well.

JSamson7 writes:

in response to Ironcity:

He is going to have to improve on that 6.0 40. I don't think he could hang with any receiver or TE in the SEC based on what I saw.

There is NO WAY he runs a slow 6.0 second 40 yard dash time. How can a smart man like yourself even think someone who has a 40+ inch vertical runs that slow? I guess you must be smarter than all of the pro scouts who say he could make a NFL practice squad too...

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Bigger_Al:

Hmmm... I remember Stanley Asumnu trying this a few years back. But different time, different dude.

Asumnu did it so he could finish school. No idea what Goins will get out of it. We're out of schollys for this year, or would he count against a previous year somehow?

Down_The_Field writes:

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i doubt it. only at peebody do they have gender confusion (i.e. guys as homecoming queen in 2004...remember?). was that you?

clvolfan writes:

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Ha Ha!How bout BRUCE?

thevoice writes:

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Girls at linebacker or not, we'd still beat Vandy. Hehe.

thevoice writes:

Sorry to feed the troll. Is was just too easy. First time and last time.

orangecountyvols writes:

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allvol32 writes:

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Dude - you're sick - and not in the good way. Is there any single story about UT that you don't post your phooey on? Can you spell "obsession"? Go see a shrink before you start poisoning trees or mascots.

eVOLved writes:

in response to allvol32:

Dude - you're sick - and not in the good way. Is there any single story about UT that you don't post your phooey on? Can you spell "obsession"? Go see a shrink before you start poisoning trees or mascots.

Even though (s)he is a twisted F**Ker, you have to appreciate the committment.

cage952 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If he is as quick on the Football field as he was on the Basketball court we may have something. Does anyone know if he played football in High School? I know its a long shot, but look at San Diego's tight end. Good Luck Melvin, I hope you get into the playing rotation!

he played football in highschool (BTW we should try him out at running back)

everydayisorange writes:

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Ironcity writes:

in response to JSamson7:

There is NO WAY he runs a slow 6.0 second 40 yard dash time. How can a smart man like yourself even think someone who has a 40+ inch vertical runs that slow? I guess you must be smarter than all of the pro scouts who say he could make a NFL practice squad too...

It just seemed like he ran 6.0 he probably runs a 4.8 and that won't cut it.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Ironcity:

It just seemed like he ran 6.0 he probably runs a 4.8 and that won't cut it.

Not to mention that he is only 5'7". If he can catch punts and KOs, sign him up!

UofTNVol writes:

Good luck to Melvin.

tnaseevol writes:

in response to everydayisorange:

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Is this a no no...for instance:invasion of privacy?

Razzle writes:

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The Commodeodores have never won the SEC in football. They should go back to the Southern Conference.

VOLS_and_REDSOX_4ever writes:

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almosht.

fnorky writes:

How about Steven Pearl at LB?

everydayisorange writes:

in response to tnaseevol:

Is this a no no...for instance:invasion of privacy?

Don't care. Anyone that uses the internet runs the risk of being exposed, so to speak. (Including myself). Nothing can be done about it, I didn't steal his I.D., besides what I said is true

kthoma14 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

If he is as quick on the Football field as he was on the Basketball court we may have something. Does anyone know if he played football in High School? I know its a long shot, but look at San Diego's tight end. Good Luck Melvin, I hope you get into the playing rotation!

Your question is answered in the first paragraph of the article.

easleychuck writes:

I see him as a point guard right now,” Dooley said. “I can tell you, when we play three-on-three, he’s on my team. We’re going to be good when we get into the offseason three-on-three hoops tournament.”

Coach Dooley is the man.

Tennfan4075 writes:

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Who cares? That football team needs help anywhere they can get it.

teamorange811 writes:

It was former Titans safety Blaine Bishop who said Melvin could play DB in the NFL. I've heard him say it multiple times; he said it everytime he watched Melvin play hoops. By the way, Melvin is 5' 11".

DeeBee writes:

Brian Williams would make a good tight end, oh that's right, he got weeded out.....

UTVOL2001 writes:

I am all for putting the best vols on the field! If you are a vol, have eligibility, and can play, get out there and make us proud! BTW, why is a Vandy Fan spending time on govols.com? that is odd to me

tmartin writes:

in response to fnorky:

How about Steven Pearl at LB?

No, Dooley is going to move his 8 yr old son up to the team and let him play. Then everyone can defend it by saying he is trying harder than everyone else.

illinoisvolfan writes:

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Not too smart mentioning Vandy men's basketball. Any team Tennessee could beat twice during the regualr season had no business being ranked. By the way, Cuonzo Martin was a better player at Purdue than Kevin Stallings and he'll be a better coach too. Enjoy baseball season, it's the only sport where the Dores truly have an advantage...for now.

winVol writes:

sorry to be the one to tell u but UT sports are sunk for a long time and i bleed orange

dlobh writes:

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The last team in the SEC to win the women's bowling NC is Vandy . . .

Vandy has been ranked in the final AP football poll once. Ever.

Vandy has beaten UT once in the last 26 (or whatever) years.

The accolades just keep rolling in . . . .

ClarksvilleVols42 writes:

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that was a stupid comeback...is that really the best you can come up with?

thetrollhunter writes:

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Delusions of grandeur are a sign of schizophrenia. Or a sign of being a Vandy grad.

If you are not at the bottom of the Vandy education cesspool, then Vandy needs to work on making admissions tougher so as to compete with UT scholastically. Doesn't seem like they teach much up there, besides how to act like your better than everyone.

volstokke writes:

If he can add depth I'm all for him playing football. Maybe he can return punts.

sambad writes:

I had told a couple of my friends that I hoped he would go out for football when the season was over since his leaping power and his physique reminded one of a DB. He has now and I hope he develops into a good one. He played football in the 9th grade.

TNVol71 writes:

Man, what a bunch of naysayers!! Actually UT has a history of basketball players going on to play football. Bill Justus and another player (I can't remember his name) were drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. The other player (I think he played forward) ended up running back punts and kickoffs for the Cowboys in the age when they were going to Super Bowls. Ron Widby was a punter on the football team and a starting forward on the basketball team. So, it has happened before for UT. GBO!!

everydayisorange writes:

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I guess the KNS speech police can't stand some one scooping them. I still know who css is!

UTbasketballfan writes:

the guy is fast he could make a good RB.

leedsvol2007 writes:

This is not as long a shot as you might think.

Steve Chancey a number of years ago was outstanding in both sports for us.

And Larry Robinson was an outstanding JC transfer that played one year for us after an outstanding basketball career and then went on to play as a kick returner for the Dallas Cowboys for a couple of years.

As a kid I remember Hall of Fame Hall of Fame Basketball player John Havlicek being a last cut of the Cleveland Browns prior to joining the Celtics. He was however an outstanding High School football player although he never played CFB.

It is a long shot but worth the gamble especially considering our current needs in the secondary.

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