5 Big Things against Arkansas

5 Big Things

1. Emphasis on True: The last UT freshman quarterback to make his first road start at Arkansas was Jonathan Crompton in 2006. It didn't go well, 31-14. But Crompton's historical problem was that he was a redshirt freshman. Take heart, Justin Worley, for the last four true freshman quarterbacks at Tennessee have won their first road starts: Tyler Bray in 2010 (at Memphis); Erik Ainge in 2004 (at Georgia); Casey Clausen in 2000 (at South Carolina); Peyton Manning in 1994 (at South Carolina).

2. Senior Citizens: Arkansas will honor 17 players on Senior Night. Nine are starters and 14 are in the two-deep depth chart. Tennessee has only four senior starters and only seven on the two-deep chart. It's no coincidence that Arkansas is 8-1 and the Vols are 4-5.

3. 60 Minutes: As opposed to 30. UT's second-half swoon tendency doesn't bode well. The Vols have been outscored 111-63 in the second half this year and, in fact, have not scored in the second half of the past four games. Arkansas, sometimes a slow starter, has outscored its opponents 164-80 in the second half.

4. Ozark Memories: Tonight is UT's first appearance in Reynolds Razorback Stadium since 2006 and there's no telling when the Vols will be back. The rotation of Western Division opponents is going to become even more infrequent after Texas A&M and Missouri join the SEC in 2012. So take a good look around. Take a picture even. Memories fade.

5. Dubious Possibility: UT is a double-digit underdog, which raises the specter of unwanted history. A loss would leave Tennessee 0-6 in SEC play. Since the conference opened for business in 1933, UT has never been 0-6. The Vols were 0-5 last year but finished with three wins. Only the 1962 Vols lost six SEC games, finishing 2-6.

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volsfaithful writes:

117th! That wont cut it (maybe we moved up a little) with Arkansas. Our best defense for Arkansas is having the offense stay on the field. Hope we were able to spend last weeks second half putting together a new plan for tomorrow! GBO

thevoice writes:

Not sure how Nos. 4 and 5 weigh in as "Big Things" that may effect the outcome. Otherwise, Go Vols.

TKO writes:

0-6 for first time. Hopefully, the last time.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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We beat Cincy, the only team to beat them this year, and then we lost our top 2 play makers. I saw the improvement up to there. Lost of key players does stop the progress. And you will probably say lost of 1 or 2 players should not hurt the team....say that to the Colts, they lost Peyton and how many games have they won. I don't see you jumping on that bandwagon that they need to fire their coach. It is good to be a Tennessee Vol! That is 1 post, let's keep count to see how many I post Mr. MerlOT.

jobrando#216494 writes:

I'm ready to move on to recruiting signing day. A top ten class would be great. This time next year we will know if these coaches have a clue as to how to coach. They know how to recruit thats for sure.

born2ride writes:

5 keys to losing:

1. The Vols can't run the ball.

2. We can't throw it without Bray.

3. Our defense can't stop anybody.

4. Kicking and special teams are an adventure.

5. Our coach wears orange dyed pants.

This why we will probably be blown out against the Hogs and remain winless in the SEC.

But... "if" we can beat Vandy and UK for the 27th straight year the Vols can go 6-6 and play in a tiny bowl game.

Dooley gets to keep his job another year and everybody is happy until next season.

Go Big Orange!

VOLPhan writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Again, go away... Go ahead and get your crimson jersey out and put it on. Loser!

daporter22#1402249 writes:

The Vols had such a rough patch during October it is hard to measure their improvement as a team. There defense has improved as the dust settles into November. Still hard to believe they haven't ripped off some big runs at the tail back position. Just catching the opposition out of position would produce a few long runs. Practice doesn't make perfect, but perfect practice makes for perfect execution. I would look there for the "run" culprit. Seams like we're on a roll with turnovers. I would look for that to happen to pull off upset.

wallingdad writes:

this team is a train wreck. watching the mtsu second half i saw no spirit. i honestly think that they are simply marking time to the end of the season.
there appears to be simply no life in them. only going thru the motions

arkyvol writes:

0-6 is in the bank, and there's more than a fair shot at 0-8. thank you, hammy.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Updated: 5 Big Things against Arkansas

1. Correctly snap the football.

2. Solo tackling.

3. Arkansas must have a complete meltdown.

4. Tennessee must play a perfect game.

5. Even if 1-4 happen, we still may not be good enough to win.

oldster writes:

The Vols have zero chance - none, nada, zip, nil, etc. They may keep it close in first half, but UT has nothing on offense, little on defense, and a complete inability to play a complete game. If Arkansas' defense were not so weak, the score would be 49-0. As it is,it will be 56-7.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

The only reason Ut is starting a freshman QB is because dooley lost Lamison who is playing great at UTEP. Bray is a fragile as the entire UT offense. Soft in every position.

dunglidave writes:

Is this the vols beat down forum or what? I can't believe knowing the problems the vols has had in the past 3 years that people can't understand! What you thought we were going to win a national championship? Watch and see the improvement we make over the next two years, and then you will see the dooleavers turn into the doostayers!!!

SevenT writes:

The best thing that could happen for Tennessee is to lose by 30 points today, then lose to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Then the administration will be force to fire worthless Double D (THE worst coach in the SEC, and perhaps the whole NCAA)

iowavol writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The only reason Ut is starting a freshman QB is because dooley lost Lamison who is playing great at UTEP. Bray is a fragile as the entire UT offense. Soft in every position.

The only reason UT is 0-5 and starting a true freshman is because the idiot coach before Dooley chased off Boyd and all the other good players while bringing his band of thugs who are no longer on the team.

Bubba_Knows writes:

This years Vols will lose 7 (ark & vand). Really unfair to the defense who has played their tails off.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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I don't see the same skill level you are seeing in Worley versus Bray. I don't think Worley will ever beat out Bray. In fact, I think Bray will be playing in the NFL someday. His precision, reads, quick release, and arm strength are all NFL. The verdict is still out on Worley who has shown a few flashes, but looks raw at this point.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to SevenT:

The best thing that could happen for Tennessee is to lose by 30 points today, then lose to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Then the administration will be force to fire worthless Double D (THE worst coach in the SEC, and perhaps the whole NCAA)

The only area of the football team that appears to be under-performing (not because of depth) is the offensive line and perhaps the secondary (but they have had key losses). Every other position has an excuse. You can say they are still young, but they have a lot of games under their belt, and they don't appear to be improving. I don't judge them against the great Bama and LSU defenses, but MTSU? Please! Find and OL Coach!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to TKO:

0-6 for first time. Hopefully, the last time.

but not this week....Vols 21 Hogs 20

CCLC writes:

Games under coach Derek Dooley in which Tennessee needed to play the second half. In 22 games under Dooley, Tennessee has won all 10 games in which it led at halftime and lost all 12 in which it didn’t.

NottaVol writes:

Arkansas is going to beat Tennessee so bad that Mike Hart will fire Dooley in the locker room at halftime, and make the team ride a Greyhound bus back to Knocksville. Hogs 63-0

coolkeeper writes:

Gah, A lot of you people commenting on this story make me sick! I don't understand how some of you call yourselves vol fans. I love my vols, at the same time I know they are going through a hard time. All of you must recognize that too, this is not the end of the world we will get better with CDD. Some of you saying we will go 0-8 in SEC play are dumb quite frankly. 1-7 is definitely possibility. However, losing to kenSUCKy is out of the question. That WILL NOT happen. Just be better fans and stop crying it will all be leaps and bounds better next year!

jjsteel writes:

in response to born2ride:

5 keys to losing:

1. The Vols can't run the ball.

2. We can't throw it without Bray.

3. Our defense can't stop anybody.

4. Kicking and special teams are an adventure.

5. Our coach wears orange dyed pants.

This why we will probably be blown out against the Hogs and remain winless in the SEC.

But... "if" we can beat Vandy and UK for the 27th straight year the Vols can go 6-6 and play in a tiny bowl game.

Dooley gets to keep his job another year and everybody is happy until next season.

Go Big Orange!

One key to being a looser. Your negative!

jjsteel writes:

in response to coolkeeper:

Gah, A lot of you people commenting on this story make me sick! I don't understand how some of you call yourselves vol fans. I love my vols, at the same time I know they are going through a hard time. All of you must recognize that too, this is not the end of the world we will get better with CDD. Some of you saying we will go 0-8 in SEC play are dumb quite frankly. 1-7 is definitely possibility. However, losing to kenSUCKy is out of the question. That WILL NOT happen. Just be better fans and stop crying it will all be leaps and bounds better next year!

9 game winner next year

HtownVol writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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OK, watching Bray and Worlet in High School I honestly think Worley looked like the better QB.

However, what Bray has done since Memphis is not a contest with what Worley has done so far.

Bray has the best accuracy I have seen since Peyton, yes I said it. Even without Hunter when Bray throws any pass it is in the perfect spot well over 75% of the time. Bray has had so many passes dropped that has hit the WR or TE in the hands.

I think Worley is good and will improve but in the past two games Worley has thrown 3 passes that were prayers, into double coverage and no open WR. When Worley has had 21 wide open on a streak pattern, I count 5 times that Rogers had 3+ steps on the DB and all but once Worley overthrew the ball by 4 yards.

Not saying I dont like Worley but we all know Bray is the QB at UT while he is here and healthy.

GO VOLS

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The only reason Ut is starting a freshman QB is because dooley lost Lamison who is playing great at UTEP. Bray is a fragile as the entire UT offense. Soft in every position.

Yup he's really tearing it up against teams for which you would disparage Bray if he were throwing against them. 216 ypg passing in the CONFERENCE USA is hardly lighting things up.

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The only reason Ut is starting a freshman QB is because dooley lost Lamison who is playing great at UTEP. Bray is a fragile as the entire UT offense. Soft in every position.

You take Lamison... I'll take Worley...

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

OK, watching Bray and Worlet in High School I honestly think Worley looked like the better QB.

However, what Bray has done since Memphis is not a contest with what Worley has done so far.

Bray has the best accuracy I have seen since Peyton, yes I said it. Even without Hunter when Bray throws any pass it is in the perfect spot well over 75% of the time. Bray has had so many passes dropped that has hit the WR or TE in the hands.

I think Worley is good and will improve but in the past two games Worley has thrown 3 passes that were prayers, into double coverage and no open WR. When Worley has had 21 wide open on a streak pattern, I count 5 times that Rogers had 3+ steps on the DB and all but once Worley overthrew the ball by 4 yards.

Not saying I dont like Worley but we all know Bray is the QB at UT while he is here and healthy.

GO VOLS

Neither as proven they can compete in game when we are underdog buts thats most of the time. Bray was contained in the GA game up until he was injured. I would love to see Worley lead this team to an upset today. The Bray Worley competition would take on another look.

GhostofRobertNeyland writes:

in response to born2ride:

5 keys to losing:

1. The Vols can't run the ball.

2. We can't throw it without Bray.

3. Our defense can't stop anybody.

4. Kicking and special teams are an adventure.

5. Our coach wears orange dyed pants.

This why we will probably be blown out against the Hogs and remain winless in the SEC.

But... "if" we can beat Vandy and UK for the 27th straight year the Vols can go 6-6 and play in a tiny bowl game.

Dooley gets to keep his job another year and everybody is happy until next season.

Go Big Orange!

1 key to being a loser:

Since it's obvious you are not a Vols fan, there is no "we" and "our". Just "us", which you are not a part of. You stand alone, LOSER! Stupid people like yourself are ruining this site. PLEASE GET A LIFE AND LEAVE!

Bubba_Knows writes:

1. Pray
2. Pray
3. Pray
4. Pray
5. Pray some more

traderjoe writes:

TN should refuse to come out of the locker room after the half. They can make up some story like the toilets were clogged, or just throw in the towel. If they know they are only going to compete for a half and not have to go out and fake playing in the 2nd half, then we may give them a pretty good ball game.

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