Derek Dooley: Offensive line can and will play better

Tennessee center James Stone had several mis-snaps during their 33-23 loss to the Florida Gators in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the University of Florida campus Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

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Tennessee center James Stone had several mis-snaps during their 33-23 loss to the Florida Gators in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the University of Florida campus Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.

Derek Dooley on rebounding Tuesday's bad football practice

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There were far more enjoyable places on campus than Tennessee’s offensive line meeting room Sunday, the day after the Vols finished with negative yardage from their rushing game.

Film clip after film clip of the unit looking lost, overwhelmed or both against Florida's front four rolled on the projection screen, prompting the linemen to relive their worst performance since last year's infamously woeful October.

"It was pretty bad," offensive tackle Dallas Thomas said.

It was bad, certainly, but coach Derek Dooley wasn't ready to call it a "disaster" after Wednesday's practice. Hours and hours of film review conducted by he and his coaches resulted in plenty of conclusions about the running game, but instant, wholesale changes on the offensive line weren't among them.

"We've got four sophomores and a junior who aren't playing that bad," Dooley said. "They can play better and they will play better. They're not playing any worse than the running backs."

And though it may have appeared that the Vols were tinkering with their offensive line rotation at Wednesday's practice, it was merely a byproduct of trying to remedy a few bumps and bruises.

Thomas, left guard Alex Bullard and right guard Zach Fulton were all limited because of their respective nagging injuries. That allowed players such as JerQuari Schofield and freshmen Marcus Jackson and Antonio Richardson to receive genuine repetitions with the first-team offense.

It just wasn't a sneak preview for the immediate future.

"We just got to play better," Dooley said. "Is it good for them to get reps? Yeah. If they start performing better in practice, they'll get to play."

On multiple occasions throughout the season, Dooley has been quick to direct his ire about the running game in multiple directions. He did so again Wednesday, lumping running backs Tauren Poole and Marlin Lane with the offensive line in the group of players who need to "play with a little more violence."

Star wide receiver Justin Hunter's season-ending ACL injury is expected to have a direct effect on the identity of UT's offense moving forward, particularly in the passing game. But offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said it's the running game, not the receivers who are trying to fill Hunter's shoes, that will dictate how successful UT can be in the wake of such an enormous setback.

"We're not being physical enough in the run game to be able to get what we want to against good opponents, so that's a point of emphasis this whole bye week," Chaney said. "Get our pads down and go hit somebody in the mouth and see what we can get done in the run game."

It simply can't get much worse than it was against the Gators, when UT amassed minus-9 yards on 21 attempts.

Going through it was hard enough, and re-watching it was borderline torturous for UT's offensive line. Now, those same players simply have to learn from it and make the most of another week without having to worry about personnel changes.

"We're putting that behind us," Thomas said. "We're just looking forward to keep working on our craft to get better."

Injury roundup: Along with the Thomas, Bullard and Fulton, linebacker Curt Maggitt, wide receiver Zach Rogers and defensive end Ben Martin were limited at Wednesday's practice because of a variety of nagging injuries.

None are considered to be be serious.

Moore is Less: Junior-college transfer defensive back Byron Moore hasn't seen the field much through the first three games, and secondary coach Terry Joseph hinted Wednesday why he's been buried on the depth chart.

Moore reported to camp overweight and has since had to lose 10-12 pounds, Joseph said. Moore, though, has been better recently and continues to make progress.

"He has to continue to be better in space tackling In the coverage aspect," Joseph said. "He has to do a better job of finishing.

"For him to play, he knows he has to be one of the best five."

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usnavyvol writes:

Before the trolls come out or better yet before the "sky is falling group." Whatever CDD thinks is the right direction this team needs to go, I'm all for. As a fan and alumni all I can do is offer my support for the team and university. Can't wait to hit Knoxville for the LSU game. Wonder how early I can leave San Deigo behind?? GBO......VFL

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

FORTKNOXVOL writes:

Packer_Park_Orange....who are you? You are obviously not a true VOL fan. Go post your stupidity on some other team's site. Dooley is going to be a great coach and Tennessee is going to become a great team. Support them or go away.

Pompey writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

....your free a** kicking is waiting for you....all you have to do is make my day and come collect it.....

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to Pompey:

....your free a** kicking is waiting for you....all you have to do is make my day and come collect it.....

Sorry to disappoint you..But if you want to see multiple a** kickings just go watch our Vols get them this year...courtesy of Derek Dooley...All at the hands of Al,Fl,Ark,Ga,LSU,S.C. and likely Vandy.

Fortunately, and even on here, things are starting to turn, as more and more posters see CDD for a fraud.

shorttail writes:

i believe they got the picture

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

Can you let us all know where you bought your crystal ball. You seem to know so much about the future. How about predictions for the stock market, the next elections, the chances of world peace. Please enlighten us all of you visions. If you can predict these things, then please continue, if not, SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH!!!

Dwinsgames writes:

The only way the line gets better is to change the line up. Problem is, He and Hindsight have bragged so much on their improved Fabilious Freshman that he is affraid to do what he needs to do and that is try some other players even some more freshman. Look at GT and Illionis, two of the best rushing teams in the country. Their linemen don't look anything like ours, get it. Not the biggest or strongest of fastest individuals but a good mixture of team players that will get after your butt.

MikeInTN writes:

I believe Mr. Hart will be making some very important personnel decisions in the next year or two.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Normally a gator loss bothers me all week but this one I put behind me quickly..To be honest considering the experience of our oline coach I thought we'd be somewhat better at this point..Our young line did face a front 7 thats full of players that almost all were in the top#5 at their position coming out of high school..Add to that Bostic and jenkins are two of the best lb's in the SEC.with players like that they make Muschamp look like a defensive genius..Give Weis credit for having a good game plan and give Chaney NO credit for not having a better scheme knowing how fast and how good the gator dline is at coming off blocks

RoadTrip writes:

Too cerebral about all of this. Line up and go pancake some dudes and all this talk will cease if the RB's decide to run to daylight instead of laying down in the hole.

hglover40#234154 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Normally a gator loss bothers me all week but this one I put behind me quickly..To be honest considering the experience of our oline coach I thought we'd be somewhat better at this point..Our young line did face a front 7 thats full of players that almost all were in the top#5 at their position coming out of high school..Add to that Bostic and jenkins are two of the best lb's in the SEC.with players like that they make Muschamp look like a defensive genius..Give Weis credit for having a good game plan and give Chaney NO credit for not having a better scheme knowing how fast and how good the gator dline is at coming off blocks

Chaney's scheme probably was toss it up quick and let hunter go get it.

I agree with you that the O-line does not seem to be getting better - if you compare this line with the one Hardesty ran behind his senoir year, on paper this one should be better. I recall Hardesty's senior year we had 2 walkons on the O-Line. Did that line know their job better than the current line or were they stronger? Or was Monterio just so good he made them look good?

volman2008 writes:

why do we keep saying the same thing, week to week, how many games does it take to figure who the right people are,these people are playing no better than they did,the first game last year, take out,and start playing some freshman,so we will have an excuse.

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Sorry to disappoint you..But if you want to see multiple a** kickings just go watch our Vols get them this year...courtesy of Derek Dooley...All at the hands of Al,Fl,Ark,Ga,LSU,S.C. and likely Vandy.

Fortunately, and even on here, things are starting to turn, as more and more posters see CDD for a fraud.

"more and more posters?' I think you're reading your own posts over and over.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Dwinsgames:

The only way the line gets better is to change the line up. Problem is, He and Hindsight have bragged so much on their improved Fabilious Freshman that he is affraid to do what he needs to do and that is try some other players even some more freshman. Look at GT and Illionis, two of the best rushing teams in the country. Their linemen don't look anything like ours, get it. Not the biggest or strongest of fastest individuals but a good mixture of team players that will get after your butt.

Timely posting(under this poster name) since you came on board in 2007 you have posted twice(under this name) and both were on 19th & 21st. You of course took the high road...oops...meant low road by referring to the line coach by improperly spelling his name. Your choice of name for him was also cute(not).

On topic, we will see if line gets better as Coach said it will.

No offense Packer_P_O but you don't know what he was referring to so don't speculate...ok?

seadaddy writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

Read between the lines...attention seeker,nothing more,nothing less.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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Let's just put it this way. I was always glad I was named for a president instead of a city or I might have had to run too fast to get away from big kids in the neighborhood

Weatherman writes:

in response to Dwinsgames:

The only way the line gets better is to change the line up. Problem is, He and Hindsight have bragged so much on their improved Fabilious Freshman that he is affraid to do what he needs to do and that is try some other players even some more freshman. Look at GT and Illionis, two of the best rushing teams in the country. Their linemen don't look anything like ours, get it. Not the biggest or strongest of fastest individuals but a good mixture of team players that will get after your butt.

Good point, but as I have posted previously, our line is plenty big. The real problem is athleticism; specifically, speed. That's why they get beat and also show an inability to fire off the line. They're slower than my grandma in the dead of winter. We need to focus on getting these guys in shape now so they'll be ready to go next year. Come on guys cowboy up and get leaner and meaner! Coaches, make 'em push th sled to class and then run, and run some more. Go Vols!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Let's just put it this way. I was always glad I was named for a president instead of a city or I might have had to run too fast to get away from big kids in the neighborhood

Jimmy Carter?

BigOrange_supporter writes:

in response to Bryanbleedsorange:

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look how lousy we played and lost by 10. Florida was favored in this game, but we could have played better, gators will have a long season also.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BigOrange_supporter:

look how lousy we played and lost by 10. Florida was favored in this game, but we could have played better, gators will have a long season also.

I think that should be enough proof to the people doubting the team and coaches. We did more to beat ourselves than florida did. I really liked the way Tyler Bray took command of the offense late in the game. He grew up Saturday. G.B.O.!!!

hikerdude writes:

No two ways about it-our oline really, really sucks. I've asked this question before and gotten no answers. Is it that there is no talent on the oline or is Harry Hiestand the problem?

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Sorry to disappoint you..But if you want to see multiple a** kickings just go watch our Vols get them this year...courtesy of Derek Dooley...All at the hands of Al,Fl,Ark,Ga,LSU,S.C. and likely Vandy.

Fortunately, and even on here, things are starting to turn, as more and more posters see CDD for a fraud.

On the off chance that you aren't trolling intentionally... what exactly makes Dooley a fraud do you think? What is he pretending to be that he isn't?

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Hateful, incendiary remarks don't elevate you.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Hateful, incendiary remarks don't elevate you.

Sorry frizzle,

But this troll asks for it and deservedly so......he's getting it. He's enjoying his role as an obnoxious troll on this site.

He eats up the remarks made to him as a result of his continued bashing of the team and coaches, so Packer/CSS, whatever.........just figures he's getting his attention, and that's what he craves.

A very, very sick loser...............

ICECOLDVOL writes:

I dont see why you all entertain f_d_e packer, she obviously has limited knowledge of this game

LongWayfromHome writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Let's just put it this way. I was always glad I was named for a president instead of a city or I might have had to run too fast to get away from big kids in the neighborhood

Most definitely James Buchanan.

dalvol writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

Does anyone know what team this troll is a fan of? I find his posts really disgusting.

MtJ_Orange writes:

in response to dalvol:

Does anyone know what team this troll is a fan of? I find his posts really disgusting.

He is Brett Maverick. A loud mouth wanna be handicapper. He never has anything to say unless it's negative. It will catch up to him one day though.

Go_Big_O writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Read between the lines...What Dooley means is they will play better against Buffalo, MTSU, and Kentucky...Giving everyone, here, a momentary respite for chest thumping, from the multiple beatdowns coming in between.... and the final losing record.

You remind me of the kid in elementary school who acts up just to get attention.

underthehill writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Normally a gator loss bothers me all week but this one I put behind me quickly..To be honest considering the experience of our oline coach I thought we'd be somewhat better at this point..Our young line did face a front 7 thats full of players that almost all were in the top#5 at their position coming out of high school..Add to that Bostic and jenkins are two of the best lb's in the SEC.with players like that they make Muschamp look like a defensive genius..Give Weis credit for having a good game plan and give Chaney NO credit for not having a better scheme knowing how fast and how good the gator dline is at coming off blocks

I thought the biggest play of the game was when UT was moving the ball after Fla had scored (7-0) 3rd and 1 and we ran the ball up the middle for a loss then missed the field goal..UT should have had something better than a play with no chance...this was on the coaching staff and not the O line or back..when u say WE have no run game the WE includes the coaching staff also and not just the backs and O line..I am not a Dooley critic I like the man and the image he wants for UT..but this was spitting into the wind...

snakeplissken writes:

Caption reads: "Derek Dooley: Offensive line can and will play better."

My question is how could they play any worse? I mean, minus 21 yards rushing against a bunch of sophmore linemen sort of tells you that somebody somewhere on our staff isn't coaching very well.

VOLS151 writes:

Yeah, the O LINE can and will play better . . . . against Buffalo. How will they do against BAMA, LSU SC ect? Im hoping for the best but Im not expecting anything great. We showed what we have against Florida.

Volunatic writes:

in response to LongWayfromHome:

Most definitely James Buchanan.

I was thinking Millard Fillmore or Chester Arthur.

HtownVol writes:

If James Stone does not fix his snapping issues I blame the coaches. A "athlete" can snap a ball 5 yards without rolling it to the QB. Mistakes happen but not 15 times in one game.

The O-Line will not be great at all this season, that is not going to happen but the whole team has to never lean on one player like they did Hunter. Everyone saw the air lifted out of the team when Justin went down. From that point on I say the whole team play at 75% at best. M Lane actually walked the ball up on kick returns.

Tyler Bray was actually placing the ball exactly where it needed to be on all but 1 or 2 passes but the WRs had "gator arms" Rivera,D Rogers and Little Rogers each had at least one pass placed in their hands and they failed to complete the catch.

This UT team has every bit the talent to win 9 games this season. It is up to the staff to be the difference in 9 wins and 6-7 wins.

GO VOLS!

Volunatic writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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You are right about Dooley getting enough time to prove he can or can't be successful here. His contract buyout guarantees it.
I was fully aware of what a mess the UT football program was when he took the job. It is a lot better off right now than it was then. I think the good results of his work since he has been here will be pretty obvious to all but the most idiotic Fulmerites (eg CSS) by the end of this season.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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All the gator trolls on here have been chanting the same mantra in every thread...that we couldnt hit field goals, got punts blocked, had a useless O-line, had a bad defense, got decimated by Rainey, etc, etc.

How disapointing it must be to Florida that they only won the game 33-23? I will tell you this much...if we had Hunter go down on the 4th play, and then played the rest of the game the way we played against Florida, teams like Alabama and LSU would beat us by 3 or 4 touchdowns...at least.

It is amazing how disappointing it must be to have a secondary that cannot defend without getting penalized for holding or PI. The number of times Florida got to the red zone and their offense was stalled is pretty pathetic (it happened against UAB and was followed up again against us).

As many problems as our team has, Florida isnt doing that much better. We have very similar characteristics, except that we have a real QB and actual receivers. Defensive line-wise, Florida may have an edge, but thats about it. THey have no inside running game...at all...it is only the dink and dunk passes or sweeps that Rainey and Demps convert to long runs in the open field that gives them the yardage...so our O-lines dont have much of a difference. So our center couldnt snap the ball well...but so what? Did you guys forget how bad Pouncey was last year?

Keep talking all you want...the bottom line is that the last game was as bad (if not worse) for Florida as it was for us. The SEC opponents are probably foaming at the mouth wanting to get at Florida after having seen the weaknesses that we exposed.

I expect both teams, us and Florida, to end up with 7-5 records this year. But we will feel a lot better about ours than they will with theirs, because we would be improving, and they would be in stagnation.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to underthehill:

I thought the biggest play of the game was when UT was moving the ball after Fla had scored (7-0) 3rd and 1 and we ran the ball up the middle for a loss then missed the field goal..UT should have had something better than a play with no chance...this was on the coaching staff and not the O line or back..when u say WE have no run game the WE includes the coaching staff also and not just the backs and O line..I am not a Dooley critic I like the man and the image he wants for UT..but this was spitting into the wind...

I disagree on all counts. The coaches had to give the run game a chance. That early in the game, if a 3rd and 1 running play is called, we should expect to get it, and even if we didnt, that field goal should be expected to be made. It certainly was not on the coaches. That is not to say the coaching staff didnt make ANY bad calls in the game...I am sure they did and they know it. But the play you are talking about was not it.

VolGrad writes:

Yawn....

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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well said my man. the vast majority of Vol fans (true Vol fans) support the team and the staff. The easily disgruntled morons and idiot trolls are dominating this board and driving people elsewhere. Soon, they will just have themselves to talk about. KNS, wake up and smell the troll.

DougSharp writes:

If you're a true volunteer football fan, you had to have been at least a little embarrassed over the fact we have a program that generates millions of dollars, facilities that rank with the best, and recruit the best of players, yet we have NO ONE on a squad of 80+ players that has the physical talent to bend over and snap a football to the quarterback without it skipping along the turf before it gets to him. Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer had to be stunned when Dooley let this kid stay in the entire game. I know I was!!!!Bench Stone, make him earn his way back onto the field like he should have to do. It was embarrassing to watch such a pathetic effort from such a key position player, not just for a quarter or two, but on every drive in all four - absolutely pathetic!

DougSharp writes:

That position is much more challenging mentally than physically. For example compare the physical attributes of a guy like Scott Wells versus this Stone kid. There's no comparing the two! But Wells got his issues out of the way as a Freshman and went on to have a great career at UT. But I assure you, if he had skipped the ball on the turf 36 times in a single game, even as a Senior his behind would have been riding the pine for awhile!

DougSharp writes:

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DougSharp writes:

in response to DougSharp:

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Really, you removed that comment, yet leave all the other stuff that goes back and forth here? Come on guys! Look at this thread as an example. On the third comment the conversations left the article altogether and it began the same ol' personal attacking back and forth. The reason I rarely comment on these articles is because NO One seems interested in having a sensible dialog about the issues your articles stir up. Shouldn't you be trying to censor out the same people I was referring to, that keep this nonsense going on every article? Shouldn't you stand up and say these types of conversations are no longer acceptable, rather than removing a comment that calls it stupidity, for which it is? The good, on-point comments get totally ignored, all the while the senseless bickering gets fuel added to it, by you guys allowing it to go forth. Even if you don't consider it a valid point that I find it sad and ridiculous, surly the writers that strive to write the quality articles your site is known for, deserves better than this!

voloffaith writes:

Doug, Doug ,Doug....calm down take a breath before posting. I mean jeepers wally on the UT vs Bama thread you posted twice within 7 minutes the exact same post with one little change at the end. March sign on and 6 posting with 5 within last 24 hrs. Ricky Ricardo says,"ay yi yi yi."

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Let's just put it this way. I was always glad I was named for a president instead of a city or I might have had to run too fast to get away from big kids in the neighborhood

Is it Richard Nixon? Or do you just prefer D1ck? My guess is the latter.

Weatherman writes:

in response to DougSharp:

If you're a true volunteer football fan, you had to have been at least a little embarrassed over the fact we have a program that generates millions of dollars, facilities that rank with the best, and recruit the best of players, yet we have NO ONE on a squad of 80+ players that has the physical talent to bend over and snap a football to the quarterback without it skipping along the turf before it gets to him. Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer had to be stunned when Dooley let this kid stay in the entire game. I know I was!!!!Bench Stone, make him earn his way back onto the field like he should have to do. It was embarrassing to watch such a pathetic effort from such a key position player, not just for a quarter or two, but on every drive in all four - absolutely pathetic!

I hate to agree with you, but I do. No athleticism, just girth on the o-line. F= MA, force is equal to mass times accelaration...I learned that on the hill. Even if you are HUGE, which they are, they have ZERO speed...HUGE mass times ZERO speed equals no force...which means your running game gets crushed! Coincidentally, your argument could be leveled at the kicking game as well. Find some athletes in both areas...even if you have to go JUCO, raid the soccer team, or call for Volunteers....what irony.

underthehill writes:

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I disagree on all counts. The coaches had to give the run game a chance. That early in the game, if a 3rd and 1 running play is called, we should expect to get it, and even if we didnt, that field goal should be expected to be made. It certainly was not on the coaches. That is not to say the coaching staff didnt make ANY bad calls in the game...I am sure they did and they know it. But the play you are talking about was not it.

You certainly have a right to disagree..but I think Florida was expecting the run and it had no chance..if they had tried a play action pass and it did not make it they would have been no worse off..If you disagree on all counts does that mean you think the WE in WE have no run game does not include the coaches??

DougSharp writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Doug, Doug ,Doug....calm down take a breath before posting. I mean jeepers wally on the UT vs Bama thread you posted twice within 7 minutes the exact same post with one little change at the end. March sign on and 6 posting with 5 within last 24 hrs. Ricky Ricardo says,"ay yi yi yi."

Point well taken my Christian friend. I tried to figure out how to remove the duplicate post on the other thread. I assume you're one of the administrators of this page since you seem to (in around about sort of way) defend the "wrazzlin fan" mentality that dictates these threads. Regardless, your point is well taken. Going forward I shall only contribute comments like " you pee your pants clown" on a regular basis. I appreciate the feedback.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

If James Stone does not fix his snapping issues I blame the coaches. A "athlete" can snap a ball 5 yards without rolling it to the QB. Mistakes happen but not 15 times in one game.

The O-Line will not be great at all this season, that is not going to happen but the whole team has to never lean on one player like they did Hunter. Everyone saw the air lifted out of the team when Justin went down. From that point on I say the whole team play at 75% at best. M Lane actually walked the ball up on kick returns.

Tyler Bray was actually placing the ball exactly where it needed to be on all but 1 or 2 passes but the WRs had "gator arms" Rivera,D Rogers and Little Rogers each had at least one pass placed in their hands and they failed to complete the catch.

This UT team has every bit the talent to win 9 games this season. It is up to the staff to be the difference in 9 wins and 6-7 wins.

GO VOLS!

It seemed to me that Stone was lifting his head too soon or at least thinking about the defense before he completed the snapping motion. He looked like a golfer who raises his head before the follow-through pulls it around, or perhaps a pretty good putter who suddenly gets the "yips". Let's hope it didn't get into his head too badly. He could develop something like a couple of fairly recent major-league baseball players who, all of a sudden, couldn't make the most routine throws.

Agree completely about the "gator arms" on some of the receivers. Those guys needed to step up and snatch a few after Hunter went down. The fact that almost no one really raised his game in the clutch was perhaps the most discouraging aspect of the game. However, I think Bray deserves MAJOR props for fielding most of the errant snaps and putting the ball on target for the most part.

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