Vols 'in bad shape' at safety

On the final two plays of Saturday's 27-21 victory over Vanderbilt, Rod Wilks and Byron Moore were lined up as Tennessee's two safeties.

Had the Vols drawn up a depth chart in July, the players would have respectively fallen somewhere around fifth and sixth at the position, coach Derek Dooley said Monday at his weekly news conference.

Already thin because of the preseason dismissal of Janzen Jackson and the season-ending injury to Brent Brewer, the Vols found themselves in a bind when Brian Randolph went out with a mild concussion and Prentiss Waggner was sidelined during overtime with a nagging shoulder injury.

Dooley said he hopes the Vols can avoid a similar scenario Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) at Kentucky, but the status of both Randolph and Waggner will be closely monitored throughout the week.

"We're in bad shape in the back end," Dooley said.

Dooley said he'd be surprised if Randolph, a freshman who has started seven games and accumulated 43 tackles, practiced today.

"We expect him to be back," Dooley said, "but you just never know with these things."

Dooley was more optimistic about Waggner's prognosis, but said the injury will always be there, "which is just a real problem."

For what it's worth, Waggner, shortly after Saturday's game, said Eric Gordon's, game-winning, 90-yard interception return for a touchdown made the pain in his shoulder "instantly" go away.

UT's secondary seemingly hasn't been able to go a week without encountering some sort of problem this season.

The solutions Saturday involved increased playing time for Wilks, who replaced Randolph, and cornerback Marsalis Teague, who yo-yoed back into the starting lineup in place of freshman Justin Coleman.

The results for both players, Dooley said, were mixed.

Wilks, one of the Vols' best players on special teams, recovered a fumble during the first quarter, but was repeatedly late by a second or two on a number of pass plays in his direction.

"Rod does some good things," Dooley said. "Of course, he's a great leader, got a lot of leadership back there and he likes to get down in the box and mix it up. But there are some times where it gets tough on him there in the back end, getting out there in some one-on-ones and then also having to make a lot of checks when we were playing quarters."

Teague, after losing his starting job to freshman Justin Coleman for a brief spell, was back in the lineup and played regularly against the Commodores. He was targeted on a number of mid-range passes, where he provided enough cushion to allow a handful of Vanderbilt completions.

Neither Teague nor Coleman, Dooley said, has done anything to deserve full-time starting duties.

"(Coleman) goes and breaks up a pass, and then you give up a 50-yarder, versus, you give up a 10-yarder, give up a 15-yarder, give up a 12-yarder," Dooley said. "We're feast or famine on one or we bleed on the other one."

One Final Take: Dooley said he understood and agreed with the assessment provided early Sunday by SEC Coordinator of Officials Steve Shaw regarding Saturday's final hectic moments.

Shaw said the officiating crew erred twice Gordon's interception return for a touchdown when they improperly ruled Gordon down and then, even after officials blew the play dead, improperly overturned the play with a video review.

Dooley said he understood why there is a rule that disallows the review of plays that are blown dead, but said the basic intent of it didn't apply Saturday.

"On this play I don't know anybody that stopped within 30 yards of him," Dooley said. "Nobody heard him, including their team.

"At the end of the day the right play was called."

Munson Memories: Growing up in Athens, Ga., Dooley said he was at the "perfect age" when longtime Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson came into prominence with a number of his memorable, gravely-voiced calls.

Munson died Sunday at age 89.

"I memorized all of his great ones," Dooley said. "I won't recite them for you but I still have them embedded to memory. I used to listen to the tapes at the end of the season of his great calls.

"It's sad to see him go. He's a true legend down there."

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VolGrad writes:

Rub some dirt on it guys.

Go Vols!!!

CoverOrange writes:

What happened to Marlon Lane?

orangeman1 writes:

Just beat Ky!! These guys that were "5th and 6th on the depth chart" were at least 3 and 4 star recruits. They have been playing alot by this time a year and we NEED to beat Ky. What happened to Lathers? I thought he was supposed to be back by now.

OrangePsyched writes:

Just don't blow any assignments this weekend. If backfield can just be avg. this game will come out in our favor. VBL!

UT_Fam writes:

VOLS 'IN BAD SHAPE' at offensive coordinator and offensive line. Jim Chaney is retarded. This is the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND WE CAN'T RUN THE BALL= BAD COACHING/RECRUITING. Get a running back thats not always looking for the sideline and can hold on to the ball and teach the O LINE HOW TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN PASS BLOCK. We had the ball inside the 10 yard line against VANDY and didn't even make an attempt to run the ball. Sorry Jim but your Candle has been put out in Big Orange country. Go get DAVID CUTCLIFF!!!!! Lane Kiffin Did not even let Jim Chaney call the plays. Either get rid of Chaney or we can go 6-6 every year because he get so pass happy and 3 and outs all the time.
People think hes good because bray has talent but bray hasn't beat a team with a winning record or anyone in the SEC thats worth talking about.

or get somebody who knows what they are doing and is SEC Caliber.

Create a Poll on What OFFENSIVE COACH NEEDS TO BE FIRED BECAUSE WE CAN NOT RUN THE BALL...

Navaloranges writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Just beat Ky!! These guys that were "5th and 6th on the depth chart" were at least 3 and 4 star recruits. They have been playing alot by this time a year and we NEED to beat Ky. What happened to Lathers? I thought he was supposed to be back by now.

I hope Lathers is looking at a medical redshirt, and does not play in the last game of the year. As for the 5th and 6th on the depth chart, if they do have a lot of playing time, what does that say about how far down our roster is at this point? We started the year with our secondary the healthiest and deepest on the team, and are finishing it with that group being one of the youngest and most unproven. THAT alone should tell you how much adversity we've been through. POSERS talking about the lack of coaching are just talking shaat. That should be obvious by now to any fan paying attention. Not only has Dooley been playing with 75% plus underclassmen, but we've had a host of serious injuries ALL year, to several YOUNG players already playing above their "paygrade", with YOUNGER players backing them up. It's really amazing that we're in a position to go to a bowl game.

On the bright side, young players become seasoned players. Better things to come, big time.

UT_Fam writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

I hope Lathers is looking at a medical redshirt, and does not play in the last game of the year. As for the 5th and 6th on the depth chart, if they do have a lot of playing time, what does that say about how far down our roster is at this point? We started the year with our secondary the healthiest and deepest on the team, and are finishing it with that group being one of the youngest and most unproven. THAT alone should tell you how much adversity we've been through. POSERS talking about the lack of coaching are just talking shaat. That should be obvious by now to any fan paying attention. Not only has Dooley been playing with 75% plus underclassmen, but we've had a host of serious injuries ALL year, to several YOUNG players already playing above their "paygrade", with YOUNGER players backing them up. It's really amazing that we're in a position to go to a bowl game.

On the bright side, young players become seasoned players. Better things to come, big time.

Looks like someone hangs on Dooley's every word and buys into the smoke and mirrors but there comes a time where a coach had to look at the players on our team and thought that they could play for the university of tennessee. They should act like it or move on. Excuses are like arse holes because everybody has one.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to UT_Fam:

VOLS 'IN BAD SHAPE' at offensive coordinator and offensive line. Jim Chaney is retarded. This is the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND WE CAN'T RUN THE BALL= BAD COACHING/RECRUITING. Get a running back thats not always looking for the sideline and can hold on to the ball and teach the O LINE HOW TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN PASS BLOCK. We had the ball inside the 10 yard line against VANDY and didn't even make an attempt to run the ball. Sorry Jim but your Candle has been put out in Big Orange country. Go get DAVID CUTCLIFF!!!!! Lane Kiffin Did not even let Jim Chaney call the plays. Either get rid of Chaney or we can go 6-6 every year because he get so pass happy and 3 and outs all the time.
People think hes good because bray has talent but bray hasn't beat a team with a winning record or anyone in the SEC thats worth talking about.

or get somebody who knows what they are doing and is SEC Caliber.

Create a Poll on What OFFENSIVE COACH NEEDS TO BE FIRED BECAUSE WE CAN NOT RUN THE BALL...

First of all, this is your last post...

"FIRE JIM CHANEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is the worst coordinator for the Tennessee Vols. He is LANE KIFFIN'S BROTHER IN LAW!!!... And Lane Kiffin didn't want him and he Kiffin called the plays himself when he was here. JIM CHANEY IS NOT THE FUTURE HE HAS NEVER HAD SUCCESS ANYWHERE!!!! PLEASE FIRE HIM."

Since Chaney IS NOT kiffin's brother-in-law, one has to wonder about your brain waves to begin with. Especially considering he was the OC during Purdue's winningest seasons ever, featuring a Super Bowl winning QB.

And this being another one of your quotes...

"bray has talent but bray hasn't beat a team with a winning record or anyone in the SEC"

...one has to wonder about your attention level. Bray beat cincy, who was in the top 25 before wvu beat them. He's a 9-3 winner as a starter, including 4 SEC teams, when he was healthy.

I realize simple logic is lost on some of you "fans", but you have to have horses to win a race, or in other words, run your offense.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to UT_Fam:

Looks like someone hangs on Dooley's every word and buys into the smoke and mirrors but there comes a time where a coach had to look at the players on our team and thought that they could play for the university of tennessee. They should act like it or move on. Excuses are like arse holes because everybody has one.

Not the brightest bulb in the box are you. Yeah, they can "play for the University of Tennessee", but when your starting line up was playing HS ball a year ago and you're facing TOP 25 SEC teams, you might have to grow a little.

Some of you "fans" are really hurting in the intel department. Maybe football just isn't your bag-o-tricks.

Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free writes:

This weeks excuse: safety

NottaVol writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

First of all, this is your last post...

"FIRE JIM CHANEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is the worst coordinator for the Tennessee Vols. He is LANE KIFFIN'S BROTHER IN LAW!!!... And Lane Kiffin didn't want him and he Kiffin called the plays himself when he was here. JIM CHANEY IS NOT THE FUTURE HE HAS NEVER HAD SUCCESS ANYWHERE!!!! PLEASE FIRE HIM."

Since Chaney IS NOT kiffin's brother-in-law, one has to wonder about your brain waves to begin with. Especially considering he was the OC during Purdue's winningest seasons ever, featuring a Super Bowl winning QB.

And this being another one of your quotes...

"bray has talent but bray hasn't beat a team with a winning record or anyone in the SEC"

...one has to wonder about your attention level. Bray beat cincy, who was in the top 25 before wvu beat them. He's a 9-3 winner as a starter, including 4 SEC teams, when he was healthy.

I realize simple logic is lost on some of you "fans", but you have to have horses to win a race, or in other words, run your offense.

Sister you need to calm down before you blow a fuse. I guess you are happy with a half arse efforts every week from your offense. And the guy is right, Bray still ain't beat a decent team. Four SEC teams, Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky, really. Mam you just need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to NottaVol:

Sister you need to calm down before you blow a fuse. I guess you are happy with a half arse efforts every week from your offense. And the guy is right, Bray still ain't beat a decent team. Four SEC teams, Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky, really. Mam you just need to wake up and smell the coffee.

You're right about one thing farragut BOY. I get more upset at Vol fans that don't understand our situation, than I ever would by a little mama's boy TROLL like you. You're pretty much just a little attention seeker with no life to speak of except trolling a Vol site so SOMEBODY, ANYBODY will respond to you. You should be thanking me.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to NottaVol:

Sister you need to calm down before you blow a fuse. I guess you are happy with a half arse efforts every week from your offense. And the guy is right, Bray still ain't beat a decent team. Four SEC teams, Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky, really. Mam you just need to wake up and smell the coffee.

"Bray still ain't beat a decent team."

I see, Bray purposfully asked not to start the first half of last season, then against uga, he purposfully threw his hand into dude's helmet to break his hand so he couldn't play against the meat of the schedule...

Got it. Sounds kind of crazy, but I guess that could be the case...in a simple minded little trolls mind anyway. Yeah, it does sound that dense little farragut boy. Coming from you though, fitting.

TommyJack writes:

in response to NottaVol:

Sister you need to calm down before you blow a fuse. I guess you are happy with a half arse efforts every week from your offense. And the guy is right, Bray still ain't beat a decent team. Four SEC teams, Vandy twice, Ole Miss and Kentucky, really. Mam you just need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Same old shtick, new name from the cubicle boy. He must get dizzy.

RockVegas writes:

I try my best not to second guess the coaches,but you guys have a point I saw last year why Lane didn't take Chaney with him.Another question I have I know Teague get burned all the time but since he's so bad why even bother to put him back there,so he must be better than anybody else CDD have.I believe he was a receiver coming out of high school.As fast as he is they can find somewhere for him to play.

VolBy3 writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

You're right about one thing farragut BOY. I get more upset at Vol fans that don't understand our situation, than I ever would by a little mama's boy TROLL like you. You're pretty much just a little attention seeker with no life to speak of except trolling a Vol site so SOMEBODY, ANYBODY will respond to you. You should be thanking me.

Don't come down too hard on the little bugger. Poor little trolls need food too. Everything in life has a purpose. The laughs provided by their nonsense always help make a true Vol Fan's day.

Volunatic writes:

Keep Randolph out for this one. A concussion is much more serious than a recovering thumb.

Volunatic writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Just beat Ky!! These guys that were "5th and 6th on the depth chart" were at least 3 and 4 star recruits. They have been playing alot by this time a year and we NEED to beat Ky. What happened to Lathers? I thought he was supposed to be back by now.

I think that Lathers is going to apply for a medical hardship redshirt for this season.
He might have been able to play last week, but he wouldn't have been as good as the LBs we have-- I think he will need some time to get back into "playing shape".

Volunatic writes:

Looks like "SnakePlissken" is now "UT-Fam". My guess is that Kurt Russell tracked him down and kicked his arse for giving his old movie character a bad name.

Volunatic writes:

in response to Orange_Pants_Buy_One_Get_One_Free:

This weeks excuse: safety

Coaches need excuses for winning?

Volunatic writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Same old shtick, new name from the cubicle boy. He must get dizzy.

I heard the KNS IT guys are sick of having to reset his posting accounts because he can't keep track of all the passwords.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

"Bray still ain't beat a decent team."

I see, Bray purposfully asked not to start the first half of last season, then against uga, he purposfully threw his hand into dude's helmet to break his hand so he couldn't play against the meat of the schedule...

Got it. Sounds kind of crazy, but I guess that could be the case...in a simple minded little trolls mind anyway. Yeah, it does sound that dense little farragut boy. Coming from you though, fitting.

OH! Look WHO'S on HERE TODAY waxing poetically HIS SARCASTIC, yet brilliant, football knowledge ON anyone WHO doesn't WORSHIP dooley!

WHAT'S up TEABAG? Caps lock NOT working TODAY?

CincyOhVol writes:

Article should read, "Vols 'In Bad Shape' at Coaching"

flatrock writes:

in response to UT_Fam:

Looks like someone hangs on Dooley's every word and buys into the smoke and mirrors but there comes a time where a coach had to look at the players on our team and thought that they could play for the university of tennessee. They should act like it or move on. Excuses are like arse holes because everybody has one.

You are right UT_Fam, everybody's got one, but only a few idiots talk out of them...

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to RockVegas:

I try my best not to second guess the coaches,but you guys have a point I saw last year why Lane didn't take Chaney with him.Another question I have I know Teague get burned all the time but since he's so bad why even bother to put him back there,so he must be better than anybody else CDD have.I believe he was a receiver coming out of high school.As fast as he is they can find somewhere for him to play.

Teague was a very good spread QB at Henry County and was recruited as an athlete by several schools. He did a good job at receiver as a freshman in 2009, especially with blocking. What bothers me about him this season is that he plays so far off the receiver he's guarding, which all but give the opposition the slant route. I don't recall him doing that last season, when he played much better despite missing some time with turf toe.

tonyvick#213307 writes:

Only at safety? Just rub some butter on it and a slap on the fanny and you are good to go.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

OH! Look WHO'S on HERE TODAY waxing poetically HIS SARCASTIC, yet brilliant, football knowledge ON anyone WHO doesn't WORSHIP dooley!

WHAT'S up TEABAG? Caps lock NOT working TODAY?

Still using that "K" in your POSER screen name? REAL Vol fans know there is no need to use the "K". Oh, I forgot, you have numerous degrees from UT'K". If you're so smart, tell me why Dooley should beat #1-#2-#3-#13-#14-florida at home with 80% undeerclassmen, and losing his best 5 players to injury. I can't wait to hear your ridiculous BS, PLEASE lay it on me "genius"...

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

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"Saturday...Doolittle will set the single season UT record as the losingest coach in our SEC history. He'll do it to a team that's been 4-20 the last two years and to a 1st year coach with 1/3 Doolittle's talent."

One of your intellectually challenged posts from last week. Why should anybody listen to the same old merlot, brettmaverick, etc., etc. All you do is run the same anti-Dooley drivel with several different screen names. You just aren't bright enough to get that we ALL know that, and your little agenda hasn't worked, isn't working, and will NEVER work. There are TOO MANY REAL VOL FANS that get it. Your little whiney arsed posts aren't convincing ONE Vol fan that Dooley can't hack it. ALL you're doing is crying like a little girl, night and day. GET IT? NO? Of coursed not.

Only a TRUE Fulmerite like you would write a ridiculous line like that about Dooley and Majors. You are one SORRY excuse for a so-called Vol "fan".

PLEASE explain to us how Dooley is suppossed to win these top 25 games. PLEASE, I've got to read your words of wisdom...

pcorange writes:

We're in a lot better shape at safety than we are on the O-line.

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Jeffy, I believe I understand the bitterness you feel toward Tennessee and Coach Majors.

I read where your brother Richmond missed by a point or two of getting into UT Law School after his pro football career. Now, UT should have given him a break and let him in, especially for all he did as a hurdler and football player for the Vols. Btw, I am aware that he went on to Alabama Law School and did extremely well there.

Legend has it that your intelligent brother wound up getting permission from Coach Majors to use a dorm room one summer to study for the bar exam. While he was moving out, apparently he got his car antenna broken by an unknown individual. He was a bit unhappy about that, as I would have been.

I believe since you were neither the scholar nor the athlete that Richmond was, combined with your bitterness over Coach Majors not directly apologizing to you regarding your brother's car antenna, has led you to this bitterness regarding the University of Tennessee. I do hope you can get the help you obviously need so you can live a better life. Peace.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

Still using that "K" in your POSER screen name? REAL Vol fans know there is no need to use the "K". Oh, I forgot, you have numerous degrees from UT'K". If you're so smart, tell me why Dooley should beat #1-#2-#3-#13-#14-florida at home with 80% undeerclassmen, and losing his best 5 players to injury. I can't wait to hear your ridiculous BS, PLEASE lay it on me "genius"...

I WILL not ENTER into a BATTLE of WITS with an UNARMED opponent.

jamgod writes:

in response to UT_Fam:

VOLS 'IN BAD SHAPE' at offensive coordinator and offensive line. Jim Chaney is retarded. This is the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE AND WE CAN'T RUN THE BALL= BAD COACHING/RECRUITING. Get a running back thats not always looking for the sideline and can hold on to the ball and teach the O LINE HOW TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN PASS BLOCK. We had the ball inside the 10 yard line against VANDY and didn't even make an attempt to run the ball. Sorry Jim but your Candle has been put out in Big Orange country. Go get DAVID CUTCLIFF!!!!! Lane Kiffin Did not even let Jim Chaney call the plays. Either get rid of Chaney or we can go 6-6 every year because he get so pass happy and 3 and outs all the time.
People think hes good because bray has talent but bray hasn't beat a team with a winning record or anyone in the SEC thats worth talking about.

or get somebody who knows what they are doing and is SEC Caliber.

Create a Poll on What OFFENSIVE COACH NEEDS TO BE FIRED BECAUSE WE CAN NOT RUN THE BALL...

I agree totally, this guy cannot get it done in the SEC and we really do need a new O-line coach...I looked up this dudes history and it aint good...in all the years he ahs been coaching he has had one decent year..1! and that was average at best. Those two lame ducks need to be booted to the curb!! Lets see that poll and see what the rest think. Bet it's in the 97% range and up!!

jamgod writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Hasn't everybody asked you to leave already? Your like one of those rambling mad scientist that really has no idea of what there talking about you pathetic little worm. So just do us all a favor and quit posting you BS nonsense and leave the space for someone with something intelligent to say!!

givehim6 writes:

UT's D line need to keep the pressure on UK's QB to compensate for our thin back field. Question, I'm in Wasinton ST. right now visting my wifes faimly so can not get WVLT. Does the game play on ESPN3? Any other ides? By the way sorry about spelling, do not have the checker with me. GO VOLS! get them mild cats!

Etown_volfan writes:

Using the infamous words of an ole ball coach I used to know, "Boys, you can't win that Kentucky Derby with a bunch of jackasses. You gotta have some Thoroughbreds!"

jamgod writes:

in response to slaw_way:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Nah, they're not gonna' flag classic and priceless!!

givehim6 writes:

in response to Abdul_Wauhatchie_Tiftonia_Rahman_of_Orange:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

UT beat the team that beat UK, You guys haven't beat us in 27 years. What makes you think UK will win? [28, meow]

orangecountyvols writes:

NavalOranges, and fellow Vols,

N/O......I find it rather amusing that the trolls
such as Abdul ( sounds like a would-be terrorist )NavalApples ( a frustrated copycat of your name ) the so-called UTK1992 whiner.........all have these major hangups and just don't where to begin to vent their frustrations, and well, ignorance.

I enjoy your putting them in their place. You know, Derek Dooley would get a big chuckle out of these trolls if he had nothing better to do than to check out the KNS site, and their multiple screen name trolls. It's pretty clear how CDD owns these whiny birds.

NottaVol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

NavalOranges, and fellow Vols,

N/O......I find it rather amusing that the trolls
such as Abdul ( sounds like a would-be terrorist )NavalApples ( a frustrated copycat of your name ) the so-called UTK1992 whiner.........all have these major hangups and just don't where to begin to vent their frustrations, and well, ignorance.

I enjoy your putting them in their place. You know, Derek Dooley would get a big chuckle out of these trolls if he had nothing better to do than to check out the KNS site, and their multiple screen name trolls. It's pretty clear how CDD owns these whiny birds.

Nice post Babs.

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