Vols are aware of streak, stakes against Gators

Vols aware of streak, stakes against Gators

Cincinnati wide receiver Anthony McClung is stopped by Tennessee defensive back Brent Brewer during the teams' game Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

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Cincinnati wide receiver Anthony McClung is stopped by Tennessee defensive back Brent Brewer during the teams' game Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

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Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros is sacked by Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

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photos by AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/News Sentinel Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros is sacked by Tennessee linebacker Dontavis Sapp at Neyland Stadium last Saturday.

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One after another, the Tennessee players were hit with the same question about the streak.

Jacques Smith didn't need any prompting.

The Vols defensive end is well aware of the specifics from the six-game losing skid against rival Florida that his program is taking with it down to Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.). And similarly, Smith knows exactly what is traditionally on the line for the Vols when they hook up with the Gators.

"Well, it means a chance to go the SEC championship, obviously," Smith said during UT's weekly media event on Monday. "The last time we beat Florida (in 2004), isn't that where Tennessee ended up?

"That's something that I've been wanting to do ever since I stepped foot on campus, and hopefully we can make that happen this year. Everybody kind of knows the statistics of Tennessee and where we were back then, where we are now and where we were in between that. All we can do is focus on the future and the opportunity that we have at hand, and that's to go into Florida and beat them and go 3-0."

Not entirely by coincidence, the Vols haven't been able to start a season that way since knocking off the Gators (2-0) at home in 2004.

Since then, a series that UT coach Derek Dooley has been regularly calling "big-boy ball" has been dominated by Florida, which has assumed the role of the bully as the Vols have slipped out of SEC contention in the last handful of years.

And while Dooley has only been with the Vols one year and his roster leans heavily on freshmen and sophomores who are largely new to the rivalry, they're all embracing the chance to end the drought. The team is mainly focusing on what a win over the Gators will mean for this season.

But some of the Vols also have history on their minds.

"I mean, I always think about it," defensive tackle Daniel Hood said. "To me, Florida-Tennessee is everything. I grew up watching it during the (Steve) Spurrier and (Phillip) Fulmer days, and I think the last time we won was 2004. To me, that's way too long.

"I mean, it's too long. It would be great for this program right now, but it's not something that we can just wish to happen. Our defense is going to have to step up a lot this week, make a big improvement from last week to this week and the offense has to keep doing what they're doing."

There aren't many offenses in the country throwing the ball better than the Vols are through two weeks, and the defense showed marked improvement up front in a 45-23 win over Cincinnati. Even the special teams got involved with an onside kick that was perfectly executed and sparked a go-ahead drive for a touchdown.

But those teams weren't members of the SEC, and both games were at Neyland Stadium. The Gators are the early measuring stick for the Vols and where they might stand in the league.

And in recent years, there's no doubt about which program stood taller.

"I don't really look at it like we haven't beaten them in six years," senior Austin Johnson said. "I look at it like we haven't beat them since I've been here. I know I haven't beaten them, and I want to beat them.

"I've been here for a while, and I can tell all those guys I've never beaten Florida. I want them to leave this program saying they beat Florida while I was here."

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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TurboVol writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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hahahaha. Awesome

chrisw2967 writes:

here a link where another Gator arrested but check out the poll on the right.The question is do the Gators secondary have what it takes to stop hunter and rogers. 86% of the Gators faithful says no.

http://www.alligator.org/sports/_brea...

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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you seen this to huh lol

rabidvol1998 writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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Ok, I generally avoid trash talk ...... but a Gator driving a scooter! What next, Tim Tebow on a Big Wheel?

JK. Should be a great game. Time to see if Tyler is "big time". My $ are on him. Go Vols.

AlcoVOLic writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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I like it, but we all know Florida players get arrested, a lot. What's the impact? Is he a starter?

VolGrad writes:

Get the schmack on, Volfans.

The only stakes we are aware of are the ones we'll be driving through gator-hearts all over the swamp on Saturday.

Go Vols!!!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

On a more somber note...Better recruits...Much better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox....A much more hostile home field than Neyland...The oddsmakers have got it about right...The streak likely goes to 7 and won't get any better under the present regime.

thevoice writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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"He received a citation for unknowingly operating a vehicle while his driver's license was suspended on Dec. 17, 2009, and on June 21, 2010."

Hmmm. The boy didn't know he was operating a vehicle? Not once, but twice?! Hehe. Wow, those florida players are sharp. This may just be a close game.

pingkr62 writes:

BIG test this week. I'm hoping for a win. This isn't Fulmer's team, staff or mind-set. Win or lose, just show up and give the Gators hell! G.B.O.!!!

thevoice writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

here a link where another Gator arrested but check out the poll on the right.The question is do the Gators secondary have what it takes to stop hunter and rogers. 86% of the Gators faithful says no.

http://www.alligator.org/sports/_brea...

I voted, then the tally was 96% no and 14% yes. Looks like the florida players are doing the math for the website (96+14=110).

TurboVol writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

On a more somber note...Better recruits...Much better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox....A much more hostile home field than Neyland...The oddsmakers have got it about right...The streak likely goes to 7 and won't get any better under the present regime.

Just admit you enjoy reading about the Vols. Go drink a beer and get a life

thevoice writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Hurrying to class is indeed commendable. Resisting a police officer sounds like a florida kid. Now, back to your meds.

BMSvol writes:

this aint the old days folks!

this is the new era of tennessee dominance.

dont know what u guys saw last 2 weeks but fla looked like phooey to me.

lets just go down with the mindset of stomp tail and play rocky top.

HtownVol writes:

Our Offense CAN put up points this week. The big goal for UT is to stop the speed guys (Demps, Rainey).

Speed guys is the biggest dagger for UT during this streak.

However, UT also has not had a explosive Offense like they do now since 1997. The problem there is UT had a better Defense in 97. The equalizer is UF does not have as good of a Offense as they did in 97.

Bray has looked fantastic in the first 2 games. I live in Houston and some co-workers told me how impressed they were with Bray vs Cincy.

The Defense Bray will face this weekend is not the usual UF Defense but it is the best Defense that Bray has faced in his young career.

I have said it for months now that UT may have the best young QB WR trio in the country and now the rest of the country is seeing it.

GO VOLS!
Give it 110%

pingkr62 writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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I really liked the part of the first movie when you scared Michael's son when you put the ORANGE slice in your mouth. But wait, didn't you croak afterwards?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Looks like little z scum bag has another user id to continue his Vols obsession

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

On a more somber note...Better recruits...Much better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox....A much more hostile home field than Neyland...The oddsmakers have got it about right...The streak likely goes to 7 and won't get any better under the present regime.

Hey Brett are you one of the "oddsmakers" that have it right. You are such a joke bwahahahaha

eVOLved writes:

Make fun of me if you want, but I am watching Jersey Shore this year. And those "twinning" slutzs are UF students! They were on Jersey Shore Italy while taking a class abroad at UF! http://www.alligator.org/the_avenue/f...

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

Gators 38, Vols 24. Our weaknesses will be exposed Saturday. Book it.

VolGrad writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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The same UAB? Ha! Funny.

Go Vols!!! Beat duh' gators!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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WOW, they beat U.A.B? Now THAT'S an accomplishment!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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What's up Jethro!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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He doesn't have to. We, including the players,already know Einstein. G.B.O.!!!

VolGrad writes:

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Explain yourself..., if indeed you can..., without any lies or innuendos.

VOLliven2it writes:

Forget streaks or stakes, go play hard nosed smack them in the mouth Tennessee Volunteer football and all else takes care of itself. I'd rather see us begin a new streak come Sat. GO VOLS!

VolGrad writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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My memory if just fine. Your ability to read and draw competent conclusions is apparently at fault. You suggested that Dooley had rewarded a player for kicking a cop in the head with making him team captain. That article does zero to support such a statement.

Again, explain yourself without any lies or innuendos, please.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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I can recall from memory U.T has been winning football games far longer than U.F.

pingkr62 writes:

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Of course, no U.F. players have EVER had any brushes with the law. They NEVER get into trouble and are as pure as snow. The only difference between U.F and Miami is their location. Florida, the new THUG-U.

VolGrad writes:

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Your case has yet to even be made. You sir are a fraud. You suggested A player that kicked a cop in the head is now team captain. Prove it, simpleton, with facts. But you can't. There is not one single fact to suggest any current team captain was responsible for kicking that cop in the head. That is YOUR suggestion, an innuendo, and misleading at best.

Case thrown out.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Gator fans are worried. For the first time in a long time...

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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hey punk. you are lying again.

darren myles was kicked off the team for this incident.

carlos dunlap wasn't kicked off for drinking and driving 2 weeks before the sec champ game. brandon games wasn't kicked off for selling drugs, chris rainey threatens the life of his girlfriend and i see now he's one of the highlighted players this week. list goes on and on and on.

even muschump has had, what 3 arrest now.

i said earlier this week and i'll be proven right, muschump with empty the jails for this game and you'll keep lying about it.

BigVolFaninSC writes:

It appears that the Gators are subscribing to the honor system........

"Yes, your Honor. No, your Honor."

Keep it going Bray and Co.! GBO!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

hey punk. you are lying again.

darren myles was kicked off the team for this incident.

carlos dunlap wasn't kicked off for drinking and driving 2 weeks before the sec champ game. brandon games wasn't kicked off for selling drugs, chris rainey threatens the life of his girlfriend and i see now he's one of the highlighted players this week. list goes on and on and on.

even muschump has had, what 3 arrest now.

i said earlier this week and i'll be proven right, muschump with empty the jails for this game and you'll keep lying about it.

I think it must be easier for a couch to recruit, and keep low character/troubled players. Anyone can do that. We U.T fans are seeing the dividends in what coach Dooley is doing by carefully recruiting the "right" people to represent our university and football team. When others continually repeat the same old, worn out news of current, and former student/athletes transgressions, they do so only because of low self esteem of themselves and/or jealousy of what we as U.T. fans currently have, and what our athletic department is building for the future. It IS great to be a Tennessee Vol!!!

springtx_vol writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

On a more somber note...Better recruits...Much better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox....A much more hostile home field than Neyland...The oddsmakers have got it about right...The streak likely goes to 7 and won't get any better under the present regime.

I get so tired of Florida fans spouting off with "better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox" junk. First off, let's compare coaches by role:

Dooley - Muschamp - Muschamp has no trend to look at. Dooley had experience with LA Tech and actually improved their play. Coaches of teams they played against were very complementary of the way his teams played. At worst, this is a push; I think Dooley has an advantage.

Chaney - Weis - Weis has the super bowl rings, Chaney has three QB's actually playing the NFL. Again, at worst a push. Both are very historically very good at what they do.

Wilcox - Quinn - Wilcox has proven that he is very good at the college level. The jury is still out here, but you have to say that they are improving. Quinn has never been a coordinator, so again there is no trend to go by. He is really another Lance Thompson. Again, at worst a push for UT.

Baggett - Hill (Receivers) - Not even close, Baggett has coached superstars.

Hiestand - Verducci (OL) - Very similar histories, both coached in the NFL, well respected - push.

Sirmon - Durkin (LB) - IMO, not even close. Durkin has coached longer, but never played in the NFL. Sirmon played with the big boys and looks like he is a very good coach. Advantage UT.

I could keep going, but to say that UF's coaches are MUCH BETTER is not even close. We will not know for a couple of more years, but I think UT is in great hands across the board.

Vol_Stuck_in_GA writes:

Florida uses these tools in recruiting high school players: 1) SEC school 2) TV games and a good chance at the pros and 3) (most importantly) Monopoly "Get Out of Jail Free" cards!

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

On a more somber note...Better recruits...Much better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox....A much more hostile home field than Neyland...The oddsmakers have got it about right...The streak likely goes to 7 and won't get any better under the present regime.

Well who was the 1st person texas tryed to get when muschamp left? Wilcox,and Weis is way overrated, dont get me wrong hes a good coach but im sick of hearing about how those 2 are so much better than UT"S coaches. Id take chaney n wilcox over weis and quinn anyday. Also recruits doesnt matter if you cant develop them.

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to MrDonCorleone:

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Well if Fla has such a easy win in your eyes y r u here on a vols site? Do you just not have anything better in your life to spend your time on?

allvols4life writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Who cares about last year or the edge in the past 35 years? This is about this year's teams. Come Saturday, it does not matter what happened in the previous games in this series. It will be all about the players on the field and the coaches on the sidelines THIS YEAR!

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Name em and link some proof

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

I vote that we just ignore the trolls on here cause replying just gives em what they want. If we all stop replying they will haev no fun and leave.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Pick the years that work best ok? Last 35 huh? 35-26=9 so either we didn't play or the record is 20-15......yes still in chompers favor. Went to Wiki and it said from 1916 to 2008 record was 19-19. Well you won '09 & '10 so that would be 21 chompers and Vols 19. You are ahead yes as the numbers turn with our stomachs as Jethro dives into the cement pond and forgot to fill his swamp....ouch

UTbassdrummer writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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VERY INTERESTING! Are you, Floridian journalist
who covers UF football, trying to tell me that
the gators have a YOUNG SLOPPY SECONDARY!?
I love the part where he calls Hunter and Rogers
MONSTERS coming to EAT THEM. This is very
big news.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Who is Mr. Goff? Georgia did have a Ray Goff in the past. OOPS you already knew that and are still trying to be cutesy with name blending...kinda sassy isn't it? Ellie Mae is calling paw wants the cement pond cleaned up so get to Jethro...oh btw watch out for Ms. Jane.

GerryOP writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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You and Don Quixote would make a great team.

TommyJack writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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BB.Still fighting the good fight.

where_the_magic_happens (Inactive) writes:

First off, I am a Vol fan through and through. Oh, and can't stand Florida.....except for the beaches. :)

A streak is a streak. All of the ones on here now saying 'that was the past', 'that was last year (or 6), this is this year', etc etc. will be the same ones boasting about the streak we have over Kentucky come November. As much as I hate to admit it, fact is fact, Florida has dominated us over the last decade (or so), regardless of either team being up or down. I think its nuts to say that Florida is down this year. Urbie left plenty of talent that even I could coach to a win or two.

That being said.......the tides they are a-changin.....I think this game will be a tough one to call. I believe we can pull it out IF we play to 100% perfection. Limit TO's, no bonehead penalties and stick to what we do best....chuck and duck, turn and burn......

GerryOP writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I get so tired of Florida fans spouting off with "better coaching with Muschamp/Weis over Dooley/Wilcox" junk. First off, let's compare coaches by role:

Dooley - Muschamp - Muschamp has no trend to look at. Dooley had experience with LA Tech and actually improved their play. Coaches of teams they played against were very complementary of the way his teams played. At worst, this is a push; I think Dooley has an advantage.

Chaney - Weis - Weis has the super bowl rings, Chaney has three QB's actually playing the NFL. Again, at worst a push. Both are very historically very good at what they do.

Wilcox - Quinn - Wilcox has proven that he is very good at the college level. The jury is still out here, but you have to say that they are improving. Quinn has never been a coordinator, so again there is no trend to go by. He is really another Lance Thompson. Again, at worst a push for UT.

Baggett - Hill (Receivers) - Not even close, Baggett has coached superstars.

Hiestand - Verducci (OL) - Very similar histories, both coached in the NFL, well respected - push.

Sirmon - Durkin (LB) - IMO, not even close. Durkin has coached longer, but never played in the NFL. Sirmon played with the big boys and looks like he is a very good coach. Advantage UT.

I could keep going, but to say that UF's coaches are MUCH BETTER is not even close. We will not know for a couple of more years, but I think UT is in great hands across the board.

Good job! What in hell was Folly thinking when he hired this gaggle of amateur coaches?

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

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With Dooley and Wilcox our fans remind me of people who come to the big city, go to the best restaurant, order a burger, and then go home and tell their friends how they got the works...We can spin getting our 4th choice all we want during the pregame and while going 2-0 against cupcakes...But it doesn't help when we step into the SEC trenches...I'm afraid we'll find that out on Saturday.

allvols4life writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

With Dooley and Wilcox our fans remind me of people who come to the big city, go to the best restaurant, order a burger, and then go home and tell their friends how they got the works...We can spin getting our 4th choice all we want during the pregame and while going 2-0 against cupcakes...But it doesn't help when we step into the SEC trenches...I'm afraid we'll find that out on Saturday.

I've got an idea. Why don't you apply for the opening when Dooley gets fired, since he is as bad as you say. I am certain that you would have won 14 games last year with the talent Tennessee had. I am sure it would have been UT in the National Championship game against someone other than Oregon because you would have already beaten them once in the regular season. I am sure that we would be singing the praises of whatever your name is for being 16-0 at this point in your career. I am 100% certain that you were not one of the four choices before Dooley, so why not SHUT UP until after the game on Saturday and IF, notice a big IF, we lose due to poor coaching, you can return and repost all the nonsense you have been spouting about for a while now.

VOLinWV writes:

I am proud of my TN Volunteers!! Totally hyped up about the FL Game!! Just wanted to send some good vibes out to the BIG ORANGE!!! Take a Big Ol' bite outta the Gators!!! Be the team we KNOW you are!!!

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