Tauren Poole: 'It's been painful'

Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole (28) runs with the ball during the game against MTSU at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.  Poole ran for 20 yards with two touchdowns during the game.

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Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole (28) runs with the ball during the game against MTSU at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Poole ran for 20 yards with two touchdowns during the game.

Derek Dooley on the Tennessee senior class

Tauren Poole walked off the practice field for one of the last times before a home game at Tennessee and stuck out a hand wrapped in tape.

The senior didn't have any injury listed by the program, and he laughed when asked what was wrong.

"Growing pains," Poole said. "This symbolizes the season, man. It's painful.

"It's been painful."

Physically, that was about what the senior expected at this point of the season after going through the grind that is life in the SEC as a featured running back.

But mentally and emotionally, Poole wasn't anticipating the need for a late push for bowl eligibility or planning on facing an elimination game against Vanderbilt in his final outing at Neyland Stadium on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.). Nor was he expecting to be setting the pace for a ground game that ranks just 116th in the nation in rushing one year after carrying for more than 1,000 yards by himself — a mark the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) haven't hit collectively yet this season.

In some ways, that just about perfectly sums up a career at UT that hasn't played out nearly the way Poole expected when he signed with the program nearly four years ago.

There were coaching changes. There was a frustrating battle for playing time as a seldom-used sophomore. And entering the season as one of the top returning tailbacks in the conference, there's been a steady slide out of the conversation as the Vols have struggled to find footing offensively.

But Poole has never been one to shy away from adversity, and starting with the Commodores (5-5, 2-5), his focus is locked in on the chance to write a happy ending instead of worrying about how he and the Vols ended up in their current situation.

"I want to finish off on a good note," Poole said. "Definitely don't want to finish off on a sour note. Coach ( Derek Dooley) was talking about it at the end of practice, we need to finish strong. It's tough because I know all these young guys want to finish strong, but they know they have next year. I don't have next year.

"I have to continue to be positive even though there's all this negativity around this program, even though it's tough. I try my best to stay positive and encourage as many people as possible."

With no margin for error at this point, the Vols need that attitude from one of their few senior leaders perhaps more than ever on the practice field. But they could also benefit from having a reenergized Poole at Neyland Stadium to help spark the offense by adding another productive performance to his resume before leaving UT.

There have been times down the stretch where even the optimistic Poole has appeared to struggle with confidence in his ability to do that, which is surely understandable as the losses stacked up and seven games went by without a 100-yard effort for him. But he's aware that time is running out, and the Vols can't afford to spend it feeling sorry for themselves.

"It's difficult not to share that frustration that our whole offense is sharing right now," offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said. "But we're all in this thing together. It's still a matter of going out and executing and continuing to believe in yourselves and make plays. Our kids know that.

"It doesn't surprise me that (frustration) is taking place with any of our guys. It's difficult. It's a hard time, and college football teaches us lessons in these hard times. We've got to continue to fight that way."

And if the Vols can win the couple fights they have left, there's a good chance that pain Poole is feeling might just fade away.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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RemembertheAlamo writes:

Believe me, it has been painful on this side of the picture, also. It is still great to be a Tennessee Vol! (#31)

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

Prostar writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

If you are a professional handicapper you must be starving to death right now. Let's go over this one more time. Talent like the late Aaron Douglas, sad to say a drug addict. J Jackson, another druggie. Bryce Brown, no longer at KSU. David Oku, missing in action who knows where. Nick Lamison, starting QB for the UTEP Miners. That sure is an impressive list. We do miss Jackson's talent, that's all. The others I miss like a migraine headache.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

At least we are not Columbia University which is 0-9 this year and 11-38 since 2007. It is great to be a Tennessee Vol! (#32)

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to Prostar:

If you are a professional handicapper you must be starving to death right now. Let's go over this one more time. Talent like the late Aaron Douglas, sad to say a drug addict. J Jackson, another druggie. Bryce Brown, no longer at KSU. David Oku, missing in action who knows where. Nick Lamison, starting QB for the UTEP Miners. That sure is an impressive list. We do miss Jackson's talent, that's all. The others I miss like a migraine headache.

The point sir in all your stupidity is the fact they walked away from a scholly at a Major SEC school to go nowhere. Things are HORRIBLE when kids quit in droves. Vandy had three coaching changes and not one kid quit. Lamison is doing great for Mike price at UTEP and will see a Bowl this year. he was the best QB in California and won that award in Juco. Its not where they went, its the fact they gave up and quit. Why didnt you mention the 4 Star safety Dooley brought in that quit as a freshman. As far as Jackson goes , dooley let him make a fool out of the entire program and didnt have the guts to send the kid packing after the first failed drug test. And Aaron Douglas was a projected NFL player that would have started for bama. OKU was better than any back Dooley had coming back. As far as I go, I have preached for two years how Vandy would be the University of Tennessee and it has come to pass. La Monroe beat MTSU worse tahn UT last week, and La Lafayette scored 24 in the second half while UT was held to 0 points vs MTSU. Not only is Dooley 0 and forever vs Top 50 teams, never won a Game as an underdog, he lost to bama,LSU and Arkansas by over 100 points this year. But I guess you're right, UT didnt need all thoise players who quit, things are lovely being on the bottom.

Bigger_Al writes:

A good add to this article would be to include Poole's stats.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor not hating on Poole but he misses some big holes at times. Witch Doctor say if you tivo and watch its really unbelievable as it opens and he breaks the other way. Witch Doctor say thats just the breaks of SEC at that speed..VFL
Bones never lie.

Bubba_Knows writes:

5 out of 6 Tennessee's losses were to top 14 teams (1 LSU, 3 Alabama, 6 Arkansas, 12 South Carolina, and 14 Georgia). Only Florida stands out as a defeat to an unranked team and that game was in the Swamp. How well would some of the top 20 teams fared if they played this schedule without their star QB and best WR? I'm just saying.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor not hating on Poole but he misses some big holes at times. Witch Doctor say if you tivo and watch its really unbelievable as it opens and he breaks the other way. Witch Doctor say thats just the breaks of SEC at that speed..VFL
Bones never lie.

At first the holes were not even there. Now that they are there occassionally, he misses them. Running out of excuses for him.

Vol43 writes:

The other day I heard that Tauren closed his twitter account because of all the negative things he has read about his performance. I'm sure WE have contributed to his decision. The real sad part about it is that he's a smart and caring young man and cares about his education. It's easy to sit at a computer and say hurtful things even without a thought of the hurt it may cause, but that's the technology and that's the way it is. Wouldn't surprise me if Dooley himself read this stuff.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Prostar:

If you are a professional handicapper you must be starving to death right now. Let's go over this one more time. Talent like the late Aaron Douglas, sad to say a drug addict. J Jackson, another druggie. Bryce Brown, no longer at KSU. David Oku, missing in action who knows where. Nick Lamison, starting QB for the UTEP Miners. That sure is an impressive list. We do miss Jackson's talent, that's all. The others I miss like a migraine headache.

Prostar, Brett is a youtube hero. check it out, ha ha
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLxvW3...

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

At first the holes were not even there. Now that they are there occassionally, he misses them. Running out of excuses for him.

Witch Doctor believe its the speed of the game or something and Witch Doctor sound dumb trying to judge something he couldnt do. Witch Doctor say vision is something the great ones have..Witch Doctor say thats something Poole doesnt have but only a select few do at this level..the 1#(fact) toughest schedule in the nation..thats another reason, the SEC is a hiccup from the NFL..look at some of the Rookies the last couple seasons from the SEC.
Bones never lie.

drum56 writes:

Thank You Tauren for wearing the Orange! VFL!

VolBy3 writes:

Stay healthy and go out on fire Mr. Poole. Thanks for your best. Sorry you had to put up with the idiots on this sight that are clueless about the makeup and destiny of this team. It truly is sad that they feel they must display their retched and hopeless lives on a great Vol site. Time heals all and best of luck in your remaining time as a Vol.

All4VOLS!!

theoldbear writes:

Don't know how many yards Mr. Poole has amassed this year. But wouldn't it be great if he could pile up 400 or 500 in the two games he has left?

If he hits the holes, he could! The holes are there, he just breaks the wrong way.

Reminds me of a point guard who used to play on the same team with me. I'd set a pick or screen, and he'd go on the wrong side of it every time. One night, he figured it out, and scored 30 driving to the hole.

Find the hole! Run to daylight!

Go Big Orange!

GoSmokeyGo writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The point sir in all your stupidity is the fact they walked away from a scholly at a Major SEC school to go nowhere. Things are HORRIBLE when kids quit in droves. Vandy had three coaching changes and not one kid quit. Lamison is doing great for Mike price at UTEP and will see a Bowl this year. he was the best QB in California and won that award in Juco. Its not where they went, its the fact they gave up and quit. Why didnt you mention the 4 Star safety Dooley brought in that quit as a freshman. As far as Jackson goes , dooley let him make a fool out of the entire program and didnt have the guts to send the kid packing after the first failed drug test. And Aaron Douglas was a projected NFL player that would have started for bama. OKU was better than any back Dooley had coming back. As far as I go, I have preached for two years how Vandy would be the University of Tennessee and it has come to pass. La Monroe beat MTSU worse tahn UT last week, and La Lafayette scored 24 in the second half while UT was held to 0 points vs MTSU. Not only is Dooley 0 and forever vs Top 50 teams, never won a Game as an underdog, he lost to bama,LSU and Arkansas by over 100 points this year. But I guess you're right, UT didnt need all thoise players who quit, things are lovely being on the bottom.

Geeze dude....really?????????,,,,lay off the sauce....that's stupidity at its finest! Eat, get your homework done and be in bed by nine.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to theoldbear:

Don't know how many yards Mr. Poole has amassed this year. But wouldn't it be great if he could pile up 400 or 500 in the two games he has left?

If he hits the holes, he could! The holes are there, he just breaks the wrong way.

Reminds me of a point guard who used to play on the same team with me. I'd set a pick or screen, and he'd go on the wrong side of it every time. One night, he figured it out, and scored 30 driving to the hole.

Find the hole! Run to daylight!

Go Big Orange!

Poole has 554 yards for the year. 2 games with 101 yards, and 98 with Mont and a low of 7 with Ga and 13 with MTSU and 18 with Florida. He will need 2 200+ yard games to get close to 1000. VFL...(#33)

shorttail writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor not hating on Poole but he misses some big holes at times. Witch Doctor say if you tivo and watch its really unbelievable as it opens and he breaks the other way. Witch Doctor say thats just the breaks of SEC at that speed..VFL
Bones never lie.

thats what i've seen all year, always running to the teeth of the defense, good guy but won't be missed.

Upgrayedd writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The point sir in all your stupidity is the fact they walked away from a scholly at a Major SEC school to go nowhere. Things are HORRIBLE when kids quit in droves. Vandy had three coaching changes and not one kid quit. Lamison is doing great for Mike price at UTEP and will see a Bowl this year. he was the best QB in California and won that award in Juco. Its not where they went, its the fact they gave up and quit. Why didnt you mention the 4 Star safety Dooley brought in that quit as a freshman. As far as Jackson goes , dooley let him make a fool out of the entire program and didnt have the guts to send the kid packing after the first failed drug test. And Aaron Douglas was a projected NFL player that would have started for bama. OKU was better than any back Dooley had coming back. As far as I go, I have preached for two years how Vandy would be the University of Tennessee and it has come to pass. La Monroe beat MTSU worse tahn UT last week, and La Lafayette scored 24 in the second half while UT was held to 0 points vs MTSU. Not only is Dooley 0 and forever vs Top 50 teams, never won a Game as an underdog, he lost to bama,LSU and Arkansas by over 100 points this year. But I guess you're right, UT didnt need all thoise players who quit, things are lovely being on the bottom.

You are living proof that Darwin was wrong.

drum56 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

Your an idiot....it's people like you that got what you wished for by firing Fulmer. Why would any decent recruit want to come to Knoxville with fans like you & most people on this site!! IGNORANT!

underthehill writes:

Creer is a far better running back than Poole..don't see how he ended up leaving for lack of playing time..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Vol43:

The other day I heard that Tauren closed his twitter account because of all the negative things he has read about his performance. I'm sure WE have contributed to his decision. The real sad part about it is that he's a smart and caring young man and cares about his education. It's easy to sit at a computer and say hurtful things even without a thought of the hurt it may cause, but that's the technology and that's the way it is. Wouldn't surprise me if Dooley himself read this stuff.

I would say it's a good bet that the negativity Poole has been reading is coming from some of the idiots who frequent this site. The problems the running game is not due to poor play by Poole. For those of you who think you have a monopoly on football smarts, listen up. I don't care who is playing the running back position, if they don't have an offensive line that is capable of opening a hole in the defense occasionally, no running back in the world could do any better than ours are now. If I have insulted any of you idiots who think Dooley should be fired, BLOW ME!!!

bigdisbig writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

5 out of 6 Tennessee's losses were to top 14 teams (1 LSU, 3 Alabama, 6 Arkansas, 12 South Carolina, and 14 Georgia). Only Florida stands out as a defeat to an unranked team and that game was in the Swamp. How well would some of the top 20 teams fared if they played this schedule without their star QB and best WR? I'm just saying.

I agree that the Vols played a tough schedule but THEY HAVEN'T SCORED IN THE SECOND HALF IN 6 GAMES which speaks volumes in Dooley's half time pep talk. Dooley REEEEALLLY is a terrible coach if you want a winning team. He is a great guy, wonderful husband and father but he needs to go back to a law firm

jawga writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

Believe me, it has been painful on this side of the picture, also. It is still great to be a Tennessee Vol! (#31)

Time to roll out the Orange Dog again to rid Poole of the negative thoughts.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Dang,,,,I have not seen any RB the VOLS have up to VOL standards this year. That leaves the OL and schemes at fault to me. Need a new OL coach and possibly a new OC. I'm just a arm chair coach but thats what I blame. It's not a RB problem. It pretty much started when Chaney got involved with his system.

VOL_FROM_A_FAR writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

I couldn't agree more....these coaches are a sad example of what TN football has come to. Can anyone on this board actually say they have seen improvement...if so..please give some examples. Not just Bray's return because I think Doolittle is bringing him back to soon to save his a..

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

The point sir in all your stupidity is the fact they walked away from a scholly at a Major SEC school to go nowhere. Things are HORRIBLE when kids quit in droves. Vandy had three coaching changes and not one kid quit. Lamison is doing great for Mike price at UTEP and will see a Bowl this year. he was the best QB in California and won that award in Juco. Its not where they went, its the fact they gave up and quit. Why didnt you mention the 4 Star safety Dooley brought in that quit as a freshman. As far as Jackson goes , dooley let him make a fool out of the entire program and didnt have the guts to send the kid packing after the first failed drug test. And Aaron Douglas was a projected NFL player that would have started for bama. OKU was better than any back Dooley had coming back. As far as I go, I have preached for two years how Vandy would be the University of Tennessee and it has come to pass. La Monroe beat MTSU worse tahn UT last week, and La Lafayette scored 24 in the second half while UT was held to 0 points vs MTSU. Not only is Dooley 0 and forever vs Top 50 teams, never won a Game as an underdog, he lost to bama,LSU and Arkansas by over 100 points this year. But I guess you're right, UT didnt need all thoise players who quit, things are lovely being on the bottom.

You certainly enjoy it. It gives you life dosent it?

VOLPhan writes:

Come on T.P... How you finish it is up to you...

DarthVol writes:

If the biggest complaint we have at the end of the season is the fact that we never beat anybody better than us then I say we had pretty decent year.

Bottomline: If Dooley doesn't get more talent then his teams will continually get beat by the better teams in this league. His future will be determined by how he recruits not how he manages the game, practice, players or the media. You would have to have your head totally in the sand to not believe that this coach has started basically from scratch relative to the top teams in the SEC with respect to our roster.

If you never liked the hire or your opinion is that you just don't like him...fine. But (as of yet) you simply don't have enough information to determine if he can get it done here. jmo

"endeavor to perservere" - lone waite

allvol32 writes:

True Vol fans are behind you Tauren. It's been a rough season I know but I appreciate you and your hard work. Things don't always happen the way that you hope but how you handle adversity is a measure of what kind of man you are. I appreciate your sticking around through the turmoil of the last four years.

In spite of the hoopla around Vandy the competition for you guys over the next two games is nothing at all like what you've been faced with most of this season and a bowl game is within your grasp - I know that you guys will "give your all" for Tennessee and finish strong.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

Have you ever worked for the DNC or RNC? You are really good at taking a few facts and twisting them into really exaggerated shapes.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Have you ever worked for the DNC or RNC? You are really good at taking a few facts and twisting them into really exaggerated shapes.

Maybe FOX.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to DarthVol:

If the biggest complaint we have at the end of the season is the fact that we never beat anybody better than us then I say we had pretty decent year.

Bottomline: If Dooley doesn't get more talent then his teams will continually get beat by the better teams in this league. His future will be determined by how he recruits not how he manages the game, practice, players or the media. You would have to have your head totally in the sand to not believe that this coach has started basically from scratch relative to the top teams in the SEC with respect to our roster.

If you never liked the hire or your opinion is that you just don't like him...fine. But (as of yet) you simply don't have enough information to determine if he can get it done here. jmo

"endeavor to perservere" - lone waite

Great post. I think a lot of people don't look at the facts. Tennessee has won the games they were supposed to win, and lost the games they were supposed to loose. I also think many fans had unrealistic expectations before the season. The games we lost to Florida, Georgia and South Carolina in my opinion were winnable games except for a lot of freshmen mistakes. I'm looking forward to next year expecting to see a much improved team. This years recruiting class looks good, and will provide much needed depth, and help with a team that is simply worn out at half time. G.B.O.!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Maybe FOX.

Or maybe ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC?

flatrock writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

I have been reading posts on this site from its' inception. I can honestly say this one is the dumbest piece of shiz I ever encountered.
-Douglas (RIP), Brown and Oku are on no football roster as we speak;
-J. Jackson got more chances to straighten up than any player in SEC history...He did "not walk away"...Last time I checked, he was running 3rd-string at D-II McNeese State;
-Lamaison is having a decent year at UTEP-not exactly the SEC...By the way, ProHandicrapper, which Vol QB would he play in front of right now?

givehim6 writes:

One of the problems with this years Vols was no SR leadership. Love Simms heart he tryed last year and this year, the guy just is no QB. Last year Pool was running with the best in the SEC. This year when UT needed a SR. roll model bad were were you buddy? In a year where there is plenty of blame to go around, there is a finger on you right between the 2 and 8. So try to get it together for Vandy and UK get your team 2 W's and get UT to a small bowl and another W, and finnish your Vol career on a plus, ok?

Ironcity writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Last year Gerald Jones was involved in telling recruits after the season to chose Auburn. Watch how the seniors act after the season is over. They know this coaching staff is terrible by SEC standards, and they basicly have quit. If the second half of the MTSU game(0-0) or the entire Arkansas game does not open your eyes to a team that has quit on the coaches, wait until they lose to Vandy. Poole all but said he has to work hard to keep others motivated. On the other side Vandy fights every team tooth and nail. I saw this coming when talents like Douglas, Brown, Oku, Lamison, and others just walked away from the program under Dooley. Dooley even had a 4 star safety (freshman) up and quit after Jackson was released. Things are bad in Knoxville and the players are not stupid. Nobody believes they can win nor do they really care. Just ask Poole. Its a bad sign when you are playing for a Bowl and a senior is saying he has to motivate players to stay positive. A really bad sign.

Talents? One is dead the other was running 4th string at K St when he quit the third couldn't beat out our third string QB and 4th is in witness protection. Your a piece of work. Their are a lot of problems with this program I would think you could be clever enough to point those out rather then make stuff up. Then again you are a troll!!

As for Poole he needs to lead by example before anyone will follow.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to VOL_FROM_A_FAR:

I couldn't agree more....these coaches are a sad example of what TN football has come to. Can anyone on this board actually say they have seen improvement...if so..please give some examples. Not just Bray's return because I think Doolittle is bringing him back to soon to save his a..

If you actually agree with what this cry baby is saying, I really feel sorry for you. What it must be like to be so miserable. If you can't deal with 18 and 19 year old men, who are trying to compete in the best football conference in the country, and if they don't meet your expectations of perfection, Maybe you shouldn't have children. I hate to think one day they will become adults just like you.

cloudodust writes:

It's easy to take the negative side when things are bad, but it takes character to stand with your team, your company, your family in the face of adversity as change doesn't always come ala instant gratification. Folks like professionalhandicapper lack character and are always bottom feeders in the game of life. Sorry Dudette but you're a loser and it shows.

SummittsCourt writes:

The perfect storm hit Tennessee this year.

You take the toughest schedule in the nation (top 6 SEC teams, 5 currently ranked in the top 14) coupled with the multitude of injuries to many top players, add in very little depth or experience and you get the season the Vols have gone through.

Still, beat Vandy at home, on senior night and then beat UK and they will go to their 3rd straight bowl game and a chance at a winning record.

Some knucklehead posted earlier that the Vols have quit - just the opposite, this team has not quit at least not in my eyes.

Go Vols, beat Vandy!

wallingdad writes:

one thing that is conspicuous by its absence is that no one has really stated what dooley has done or accomplished to warrant belief in improvement. i have seen lots of slobbermouthed name calling but no substansive or concrete indications discussed as to improvement or accomplishments. none.

i will get it started. this year they have made a great improvement in fielding punts.

next?

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

At least we are not Columbia University which is 0-9 this year and 11-38 since 2007. It is great to be a Tennessee Vol! (#32)

Nor are we Ole Miss and Kentucky, clearly the two worst teams in the SEC - the only 2 wins Vandy has so far in the SEC. It will not be 3.

Go Vols!

Prostar writes:

Thank you flatrock, you stated my position better than I did and in fewer words. Not to mention the safety from South Carolina who left, maybe he figured out UT was just not the school for him. It happens, UGA had some leave, Fla. had some leave. Are they bad programs, NO, we're just not all things for all people.

HoJo writes:

I hope the stadium is full Saturday night to show support to the kids on the field, even if you don't agree or like the coaches. This is for the young kids and for their furture. Support the upcoming freshman and sophmores. Go Vols. Show them you play with heart!!!

Upgrayedd writes:

in response to wallingdad:

one thing that is conspicuous by its absence is that no one has really stated what dooley has done or accomplished to warrant belief in improvement. i have seen lots of slobbermouthed name calling but no substansive or concrete indications discussed as to improvement or accomplishments. none.

i will get it started. this year they have made a great improvement in fielding punts.

next?

We used to start two undersized walkons on the OL and had no depth. We now have depth. Sacks have decreased by 50%.

They've developed Bray into a possible first-round pick, and he has a legitimate backup. Nick Stephens is no Justin Worley.

He took a chance on a 2* that neither Fulmer nor Kiffin would've taken. We now have a punt and kick returner.

He got us Hunter and Da'Rick. Enough said.

If our class holds together and we get Autry, Sentimore, or McCullers, we have a legit 2-deep on the d-line. Our LB corps will no longer get pushed around. AJ Johnson will be a freshman All-American.

Other than Austin Johnson and Brewer, how many arrests have we had this year? BTW, their charges were dismissed.

Kick coverage has improved considerably over past years.

What else do I need to come up with?

VolGrad writes:

Go Vols! Beat Vandy!!!

woodwr#217203 writes:

Something is wrong with OL that the one year older and more experienced they run block worse than basically the same guys did last year.

rocky_topper writes:

It's been more painful having to watch him rush for negative yardage. I can't wait until he runs through the T one last time!

VOLliven2it writes:

I am completely sick of all the "the holes are there" baloney. They aren't. The reason he gets hit by four defensive players is they are either in the hole or in the backfield. I am no expert but you have to be blind not to see this offensive line cannot get nor sustain blocks when we attempt to run the ball. So just blame the back. The only thing he might do is go backward and try to get outside. Then he loses 4 instead of 2 and you complain about that. It is almost over for Poole and it has not been what any of us expected this year. But he has given his all for Tennessee and stuck it out when most guys his age would leave. Thanks Tauren, go play your heart out Sat. and the remaining games you have as a Volunteer. If the ones of us on here who run our mouths/keyboards were so great, we'd be out coaching championship teams.

jawga writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

The perfect storm hit Tennessee this year.

You take the toughest schedule in the nation (top 6 SEC teams, 5 currently ranked in the top 14) coupled with the multitude of injuries to many top players, add in very little depth or experience and you get the season the Vols have gone through.

Still, beat Vandy at home, on senior night and then beat UK and they will go to their 3rd straight bowl game and a chance at a winning record.

Some knucklehead posted earlier that the Vols have quit - just the opposite, this team has not quit at least not in my eyes.

Go Vols, beat Vandy!

I checked the forecast & looks like this cold front will be in place through at least 2012. Light showers expected vs Ga State, Akron & Troy but a major storm on the horizion vs FL, GA, AL, SC & Vandy.

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