Derek Dooley focused on Gators, not orange pants

Fashion was the last thing on Derek Dooley's mind at his weekly press conference today.

At the forefront was his concern with Tennessee's first road game of the season Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.), when it faces No. 16 Florida (2-0).

"This is going to be our first big test for a lot of reasons," Dooley said. "Everything's different when you go on the road. It will be the first time these guys get on a plane for some of them. All of the routines are different. They won't be sleeping at the same hotel they used to on Friday night. The meals are going to taste a little different. There will be a bus ride in the morning going to the game.

"Everything's different and how you handle those things, you can get out of that routine and it can affect you."

Dooley heaped praised on the Gators' defensive line, special teams and offensive playmakers Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey. Though the Vols (2-0) have won their first two games in convincing fashion, the first real test of the season will be Saturday, Dooley said.

"We took care of two opponents we should have taken care of, and we did them the way Tennessee should take care of them," Dooley said. "I told them, that's good. That's a good start. Now, what's next? That's what matters."

Dooley said he expects left tackle Dallas Thomas (sprained knee) to start against the Gators. Defensive end Ben Martin remains day to day with a sprained ankle.

Running back Devrin Young will have his broken collarbone X-rayed this week, Dooley said.

"We'll see," Dooley said. "He's getting close, though. If not this game, then next game."

As to whether Dooley will don bright orange pants Saturday for the third week in a row, it appears that will be a game-time decision.

"That's the last thing I'm worried about," Dooley said. "I can assure you the orange slacks aren't the reason we're winning."

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MGVOL22 writes:

In other news....Eric Berry has a torn ACL and is out for the year....Hope for a speedy recovery!

chattavfl86 writes:

First?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor ask if anyone else had any doubt who would ask this type of question?....Gribble of course. Witch Doctor say of course Gribble leaves out Dooley telling him and Austin to stop running in the halls before Presser.
Bones never lie.

chattavfl86 writes:

Dang it!

VolzsFan writes:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

chattavfl86 writes:

Id like to have me a pair of them orange pants to golf in. If you are confident enough to wear orange pants you are confident enough to win football games and shoot birdies in my book. Mine wouldn't be tailored from imported fabric though, but im sure they would still look ballin' with a white ut polo and my white and brown footjoys. I think im on to something...

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Wear the orange pants Coach!

I'm too sexy for my orange pants,
too sexy for my orange pants,
so sexy it hurts!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

5 point game either way. This game may decide the direction the team will take for the rest of the year.

voloffaith writes:

in response to chattavfl86:

First?

I thought your comments were thoughtful and very insightful as to the attire for the aforementioned game. Next time take a little more time and think through those specific points you want to bring forth.....SECOND.....

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

So so hateful, and for what? You seemed pretty stressed over this whole ordeal. I've spent more times saying "we'll get em next year" than celebrating undefeated seasons but its nothing to get so emotional over and start making baseless and wildly exaggerated claims. Chill out. Go down to your nearest massage parlor and have them rub out the hate. Who knows, maybe 40 dollars ends it in happy time. ;-)

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

And I'm too sexy for your party
Too sexy for your party
No way I'm disco dancing

I'm a model you know what I mean
And I do my little turn on the catwalk
Yeah on the catwalk on the catwalk yeah
I shake my little touche on the catwalk

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

That's a very old story line. Most of us are not jumping off bridges because we are no longer with the elite. Heck loving every win and hoping for the best. Go away and peddle your phooey with Georgia fans as they seem to be in trouble.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

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Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Wear the orange pants Coach!

I'm too sexy for my orange pants,
too sexy for my orange pants,
so sexy it hurts!

Witch Doctor say welcome back Layla_K. Go Vols!
Bones never lie.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

Hey Witchy!

Please tell me that the Ghost of Witchy didn't also get banned?

Lizard week brings out all the old timers...

chattavfl86 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

I thought your comments were thoughtful and very insightful as to the attire for the aforementioned game. Next time take a little more time and think through those specific points you want to bring forth.....SECOND.....

Never did it before, thought id try it, and why not? I guess thank you? Idk, sarcasm doesn't translate well over these posts so I can't tell if you are genuine or not but I love compliments so ill take it. Furthermore, if I had some of them there orange pantaloons (that's french for pants!) I would wear them down to the game this saturday. Section 43 row 86 seats 25-28, come say hi ya'll, we can watch the torBraydo touch down multiple times.

springtx_vol writes:

Please give us an "Ignore user" button, PLEASE!

VolsFanForLife writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

Man...dont be so optimistic!! We have a good team now, and we might not beat some of the other SEC teams right now but our day is coming. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Coach Dooley deserves a chance, its only his second year and I believe we will be competing in every game this year with possibly one or two upsets including this weekend. Florida is a better team but they are young too and with all new coaches they will make a lot of mistakes. If we do lose it will not be a blow out like years before.

tenndave writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

I want you to write this down. If the Gators can't pressure Bray, then the Vols will blow out FLA. A lot of luck goes with winning alot of SEC games but VolFan you better wake up to the fact that BRAY, HUNTER, ROGERS and COMPANY are for real. We will be lucky to keep them 4 years. That doesn't mean we will win an NC or even a BCS bowl, but it does mean these men can play and given any support from the defense will make games very close. Like KY under The Mummy, we will score points. The question that remains is can we stop the other team from scoring more. And so I end with this: GO VOLS! IT"S GATOR SEASON IN THE SWAMP! TAG'EM, WEIGH'EM, FRY'EM UP CRISP!

HartleyBell writes:

Dooley waering orange pants = win
Players wearing orange pants = lose

Wear the pants coach!!!

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

3 keys to the game:
1. How our O-line deals with the pressure of Florida's improved DL.
2. Ball security.
3. Open field tackling.

jmo

BleednUrnge81 writes:

espn's top ten plays of the weekend had da'rick's amazing catch while getting rocked at no. 5. the praise and accolades are starting to mount, vols fans. the nation is beginning to take notice. i think the vegas line will change in the next few days. GO VOLS!!!!!!!

ColtfanJ writes:

Fear the pants!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

bearbull95#206250 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

Change is the only constant, so if you don't enjoy change, you might as well talk about the old statistics. Guess what, none of those statistics matter on game day. If the beatings were gonna come, they would have last year, which they did. Not this year. Ask yourself when was the last time you saw a Tennessee D-line stop not one but two fourth-and-inches plays, stop 3 successive goal line plays to force a FG, and throw in the most beautiful onside kick I've seen in years? I think you must be watching the scout team or something. But that's what I like about your comments. They are so very much like the national media, keeping UT below the radar and poor mouthing their performance against teams they should have beaten in the first place. This team tends to do better when they aren't favored, so your words are a strong motivator. Hope you have enough orange juice to wash down the gator tail you'll be chokin on come Sat.

Gmoney58 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

Go away, and on ur way go tell the gaturds they better bring their A game...I will concede that Floriduh should win a close game @ home Saturday...but. bring ur B game, and u will have to keep ur sucker shut

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Looking forward to Saturday. Should be a good game. Hope we can rise to the occasion against the stiffer competition. That stadium can get LOUD when things go their way. Hopefully Bray, Hunter and Rodgers can shut them up!

voloffaith writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

Fear not the P_P_O who does not,I repeat does not have a fixation on Orange Pantaloons.....

sameolvolalum writes:

Conditioning, depth and turnovers may well be the most prominent factors this Saturday. If the OL can decently hold their own and Bray manages to burn 'em on a couple of blitzes, then we've got a decent shot. I'm guessing Chaney's got some surprises under wraps. Remember, with a newby coaching staff, this most likely isn't the same gators we've seen the past several years.

Hey, Vol fans. Let's not feed the trolls. that CSS Orange packer fella' is a sociopath loser who goes by the name "brett maverick" on his home-made You Tube sports show. He lives somewhere outside of Nashville and feeds on attention........particularly of the negative flavor. I know it's tempting but let's just ignore it and maybe it'll go to another, more troll-friendly site. GBO!

markw20012002 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

There's a thin line between elderly wise man and dottering old fool. You and your hoveround crossed it.

SandySpringsVol writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

Cafego was never a head coach. He was an outstanding player and a good assistant, but he retired 27 years ago -- four years after Tennessee's current head coach's father won a national title at Georgia.

The last 5 years Cafego coached, UT finished above .500 in the SEC only once while playing a six game conference schedule that included Kentucky and Vanderbilt every year.

Stop living in the past and get with the current Vols, or pick another team to follow.

cazirkle#615142 writes:

Wore my orange pants and white shirt in my Saturday morning blitz on my 65th BD. My game was a little off, shot 80, tied for fourth with four other people and won $50. Had a great BD and the vols beat those Bearcats from Ohio. Let's hear it for the orange pants. Now if you believe the orange pants did it. Not. Talent. And doing the right things. cz in South Carolina.

chattavfl86 writes:

Orange pantaloons + dooleys hair + young, confident, swaggtastic vols=win in the bog. Dooley, just like all coaches, puts his pants on one leg at a time. Except those pants are orange, and when he puts them on he coaches our vols to victory. Comb it over, shape it down, and stomp some gator tail. GBO!

dandyseniors#546965 writes:

Wear the orange pants, Coach Dooley! I love them!!!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to SandySpringsVol:

Cafego was never a head coach. He was an outstanding player and a good assistant, but he retired 27 years ago -- four years after Tennessee's current head coach's father won a national title at Georgia.

The last 5 years Cafego coached, UT finished above .500 in the SEC only once while playing a six game conference schedule that included Kentucky and Vanderbilt every year.

Stop living in the past and get with the current Vols, or pick another team to follow.

Wrong..Coach Cafego was an outstanding assistant coach...If Coach Battle had listened to him and had Clabo kick the ball against Derek's father...he might have kept his job a little longer.

Coach Cafego also knew you were only allowed 11 on a side, not 12...Something that seems repeatedly wasted on Dooley/Wilcox.

markw20012002 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Wrong..Coach Cafego was an outstanding assistant coach...If Coach Battle had listened to him and had Clabo kick the ball against Derek's father...he might have kept his job a little longer.

Coach Cafego also knew you were only allowed 11 on a side, not 12...Something that seems repeatedly wasted on Dooley/Wilcox.

Guess you thought Tom Edison was a great guy too.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

thbbbbzzbt

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

zzzzzzzzzz

reeceb73 writes:

I like the orange pants. I might have to pick up a pair for myself.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

yuck eeyuck eeyuck yuck

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He understands they have been far from tested yet. He knows that his team does not look like the Bama's, USC's, Georgia's, LSU's, Florida's and Arkansas's of the world. He knows that it is misleading to see Bray stand there with a team running a soft zone and having no pressure. Like shooting fish in a barrel. He knows that Bray will be in big trouble with the type of pressure he will get against real teams. He will keep that positive spin but he knows the beatings that are coming for the Hammy destroyed and Kiffin napalmed Vols.

Getting further and further away from averaging 10 wins per year for 16 years and sending more kids to the NFL than any other SEC team and more than all but 1 team Nationally. I hope everyone is enjoying the change.

duhh duhh which way did he go which way did he go

SmokeDog1972 writes:

I have been rockin' the orange pants lately as well. My wife REALLY digs 'em. As does my girlfriend!!!

TKG_VOL writes:

I'll bet that if we beat Fla. that they want have many empty seats at the Geo game. and if we're 5-0 when LSU comes to town it will be a sell-out. Wins sell tickets, not promotions.
GBO.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to markw20012002:

Guess you thought Tom Edison was a great guy too.

.........read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response, ad naseum. Please don't feed the trolls.......It gets them off and p----s clearer minded people off.

sidwalkvol writes:

Gosh, guys. I did not realize that Brett Maverick Sports is CRUSHING the Casinos... that he is the most famous gambler in America... that some of his youtube broadcasts have as many as 34 viewers and A SUBSCRIBER!!! Wow, better pay attention to what he says about EVERYTHING!!

VolGrad writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Coach George Cafego was fond of wearing orange pants..along with Cadillacs....Then again, Coach Cafego, unlike Dooley, could play and coach.

All you great Fulmer bashers should go look him up...You might learn something about what it really means to be a Vol.

You open your mouth and remove all doubt as to the depths of your own ignorance and stupidity.

And a great many of us who support Dooley also appreciated Fulmer and thought he should have been given another year with the new OC before making a final evaluation. But for those that can say nothing with out kissing Fulmer every other line, I just remind them of the objective fact: Fulmer without Cutcliffe won only 66% of his games; with Cutlcliffe, however, he won 82%.

Now go do some real research of your own, PPO.

Go Vols!!!

VolGrad writes:

in response to sidwalkvol:

Gosh, guys. I did not realize that Brett Maverick Sports is CRUSHING the Casinos... that he is the most famous gambler in America... that some of his youtube broadcasts have as many as 34 viewers and A SUBSCRIBER!!! Wow, better pay attention to what he says about EVERYTHING!!

Yeah, he is a real legend in his own mind.

UTKin1992 writes:

Our Vols aren't getting much respect from the odds makers...but what do they know anyhow...

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

.........read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response.......read troll garbage.......read "clever" response, ad naseum. Please don't feed the trolls.......It gets them off and p----s clearer minded people off.

Everybody who post a measured, objective, and responsible opinion is a troll...Everyone ready to hand Bray the Heisman and Dooley every trophy under the sun, with the possible exception of the Lambert, knows what they're talking about...Gotcha...Roger..Wilko..Over and out.

Upgrayedd writes:

in response to Orange_A_Holic:

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Cincy had a potent offense with an QB who could actually throw the ball. What makes you think the Gators can score more than the Bearcats did?

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