Derek Dooley talks about seeing improvement following 4 straight losses
1. Give Him Six: By him, we mean anybody wearing orange. It's been 10 quarters and 21 days since Tauren Poole visited the end zone against LSU. If you want to up the ante and say "Give 'Em 12," it's been 35 days since the Vols scored two touchdowns in a game.
2. Spread 'Em: MTSU's spread offense should not be taken lightly. The Blue Raiders rank 22nd nationally in total offense at 462 yards a game. It's not one dimensional either. MTSU averages 173 a game rushing, which is 90 more than the Vols do. Middle led at Purdue for 59 minutes and lost to both Troy and Western Kentucky by three points.
3. Second Chances: Brent Brewer's season-ending injury necessitates a shuffle in the secondary. Prentiss Waggner is better at corner but moves back to safety. Waggner's corner vacancy will be filled by a pair of former starters who had lost their jobs, Marsalis Teague and Justin Coleman. Redemption awaits.
4. Give Him Six, Too: If a Blue Raider scores a touchdown tonight he will be the first to ever do so against Tennessee. The Vols won the only prior meeting between the state's two largest schools, 26-3, in 2002.
5. Not Just For Kicks: An offense needing a booster shot might turn to, of all places, special teams. Punter Matt Darr leads the team with a 30.0 yard-per-carry average. The other punter, Michael Palardy, is a 100-percent passer (well, 1-for-1). Hey, both moved the chains.