Tennessee Stat Book
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley might ditch the quarterback sneak for a while.
UT quarterback Justin Worley got stuffed on a crucial sneak in the second quarter of Saturday night's 14-3 loss to South Carolina at Neyland Stadium.
It was the second consecutive game the Vols couldn't convert a key fourth-and-1 on a sneak. Matt Simms was stopped for no gain in the same situation during the third quarter of the Vols' 37-6 loss at Alabama.
"We've been 100 percent on quarterback sneaks until the last two weeks, and can't get a sneak on fourth down, so it's tough right now," Dooley said.
Worley, who replaced Simms as the Vols' starter for the South Carolina game, lined the Vols up for fourth-and-1 at the South Carolina 44-yard line with the Gamecocks leading 7-3.
Worley was stopped by Melvin Ingram and Kelcy Quarles for no gain with 4:48 left in the half.
"It's six inches, you know," Dooley said. "But they knock us back, and we can't dig it out, so we've got to not sneak it with Justin and Matt."
UT converted a fourth-and-1 situation in the first quarter when Tauren Poole ran for a 3-yard gain to South Carolina's 29-yard line.
Three plays later, the Vols faced fourth-and-1 again, but right tackle Ja'Wuan James was called for a false start.
"Once again, new quarterback, and it's a play we run a lot, but his cadence is different, and (Worley) kind of said it differently than the way Matt said it, and we jumped," Dooley said. "That's part of a lot of little things that become big things out there. They just do."
UT's last offensive play of the game was Simms' incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 from South Carolina's 27 with 6:33 left to play.
Dooley said the distance of the field goal was the reason he went for the first down.
"I just felt like it was so short and the field goal was long," Dooley said. "It was a 40-something yarder. If it had been fourth and eight or seven, I would have kicked the field goal."
One Runner: Poole, the Vols' No. 1 tailback, was the only back to carry the football. He rushed for 38 yards on 18 carries.
Freshman Marlin Lane didn't practice leading up to the South Carolina game due to a knee injury.
"Marlin went in one play, but he was out (Saturday)," Dooley said.
Freshman tailback Jaron Toney, former standout at Alcoa High School, played but didn't get a touch.
"We probably should have run Jaron (Toney) a little bit," Dooley said. "We put him in a little bit."
Dooley said he wants to spread the carries out between his backs.
"We'll look at it," Dooley said. "We're going to have to find a way to run the ball better, and we've got to play some more backs. We've got to block."
Freshman Devrin Young, former Bearden star, is also an option at tailback.
Brewer Hurt: Starting strong safety Brent Brewer went out with an apparent knee injury with 6:09 left in the third.
The injury occurred on the 11th play of South Carolina's 20-play, 98-yard touchdown drive that led to a 14-3 lead late in the third quarter.
Brewer was replaced by Rod Wilks and did not return.
Lineup Changes: Sophomore Maurice Couch started at nose tackle for starter Daniel Hood, who was banged up from last week.
Hood entered the game in the first quarter and saw considerable action.
Sophomore Dontavis Sapp moved into the starting lineup at strong-side linebacker for freshman Curt Maggitt (calf injury).
Couch was one of five Vols who got their first career starts — joining freshman Worley, freshman guard Marcus Jackson, sophomore receiver Raijon Neal, and sophomore free safety Byron Moore as first-time starters.
Special Visitors: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and his son Seth were at the game. Seth is a junior wide receiver at Summit (N.J.) High School who wants to become a coach one day.
Rex Ryan was quoted last spring during a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., as saying his son wanted to play football for Alabama, and that he wants him to be around the best coaches possible while playing college ball.