'Typical' first scrimmage for Vols

'Typical' first scrimmage for Vols

UT players stretch before the first scrimmage of the spring at Neyland Stadium on Friday, April 6, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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UT players stretch before the first scrimmage of the spring at Neyland Stadium on Friday, April 6, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Derek Dooley breaks down the Vols' first spring scrimmage

Struggling with his accuracy down the field, quarterback Tyler turned to shorter stuff.

Unable to get involved in the passing attack at wide receiver, Da'Rick Rogers instead focused on throwing a few blocks.

In both cases, running backs reaped the benefits.

The ground game was already a top priority for Tennessee heading into its first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, and the early work in the backfield certainly seemed to help produce better results there on Friday morning. But with the Vols unable to generate much consistently through the air, the players in the backfield lent their hands in that area as well in making a strong impression at the midway point of spring camp.

"I felt like we really showed a lot of improvement running the ball, and that's been our emphasis," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "(Offensive) line was coming off, runners were running good and we generated a lot of run yards.

"We're showing improvement running the ball, and that's a good sign."

The statistics provided by the program from the closed workout reflected the move in the right direction after ranking among the worst rushing teams in the country last season, particularly with Rajion Neal again taking handoffs.

After splitting time at running back and wide receiver a year ago, Neal took advantage of his return to full-time rushing with a team-high 15 carries and 100 yards. And along with 60 more yards and a touchdown from speedy sophomore Devrin Young, the Vols were able to offset an uneven passing performance that included a 13-of-32, 142-yard outing with a touchdown and an interception by Bray.

With Bray admitting to having trouble hitting his receivers and his top returning target held without a catch, he and Rogers had to find other ways to get the offense rolling. Through the air, that meant checking it down to Neal and Young, who combined for five catches and 75 yards. And even with the Vols focusing on running the ball, Rogers searched for a way to make an impact — and a little contact.

"I didn't have any catches today — it was all blocking for me, and that's just the unselfishness you have to have, to have a good running game," Rogers said. "We're really trying to put more work into that. ... The passing is always going to be good with guys like Justin Hunter and Zach Rogers and Tyler Bray throwing it around, so the run game is what we really need to get going, and that's what we're trying to put a lot of emphasis on.

"But they really kind of make it easy when you've got guys with speed, like Rajion and Devrin, that can really get out there. Blocks aren't really that hard. You've just got to set the edge and let them go."

Neither player seemed to have much trouble finding his way past that edge as they each racked up yardage and made cases for more action in a heated competition for carries in the backfield.

According to the numbers, the pre-camp favorite to win the job wasn't able to do much against UT's new-look defense, as Marlin Lane finished with eight yards on seven carries with a short touchdown rush.

But he, too, found another way to contribute. And while the production wasn't quite as prolific, he added two more receptions to the mix as the running backs seemed to collectively steal the show and the limelight from guys like Bray and Rogers.

"You know, the maturity level of these guys is so much better," Dooley said. "I mean, Tyler's not in the tank because his stats aren't great. Da'Rick's not in the tank because he didn't catch a ball today.

"They're working on their game and improving for the team, and that's a real sign of maturity."

Based on what the Vols got elsewhere from the running backs, they might also have seen a sign of progress.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

SCORING

TD – Mychal Rivera 5-yard rec from Tyler Bray (Michael Palardy PAT miss) – 6-0

TD – Devrin Young 5-yard rush (No PAT) – 12-0

TD – Marlin Lane 1-yard rush (No PAT) – 18-0

FG – Derrick Brodus 35-yard field goal – 21-0

FG – Michael Palardy 37-yard field goal – 24-0

PASSING (Att-Comp-Int)

Tyler Bray – 13-32-1, 142 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Justin Worley – 11-20-1, 110 yards

Nathan Peterman – 4-8-0, 13 yards

Tyler Page – 2-2-0, 11 yards

RUSHING (Att-Yards-Long)

Rajion Neal – 15-100-23

Alden Hill – 9-39-15

Devrin Young – 8-60-24, TD

Marlin Lane – 7-8-7, TD

Tom Smith – 6-18-5

Jaron Toney – 5-17-6

Deanthonie Summerhill – 2-16-6

RECEIVING (Catches-Yards-Long)

Mychal Rivera – 4-45-16, TD

Jacob Carter – 4-38-18

Cody Blanc – 4-27-12

Devrin Young – 3-59-35

Zach Rogers – 3-35-18

Cam Clear – 2-20-16

Rajion Neal – 2-16-11

Alex Ellis – 2-11-6

Marlin Lane – 2-7-8

Brendan Downs – 1-5-5

Tyler Drummer – 1-4-4

Dakota Summers – 1-4-4

Jaron Toney – 1-4-4

PUNTING (No.-Yards-Average-Long)

Matt Darr – 4-166-41.5-50

Michael Palardy – 2-82-41.0-42

FIELD GOALS

Michael Palardy – 1-2 (32 blocked, 37 good)

Derrick Brodus – 1-2 (33 wide left, 35 good)

TACKLES (UA-AT-TT)

Greg King – 4-3-7

AJ Johnson – 4-2-6, 1 TFL

Marsalis Teague – 3-3-6, PBU

Tino Thomas – 4-1-5

Willie Bohannon – 1-4-5

Byron Moore – 3-2-5, 1 TFL

Herman Lathers – 4-0-4, PBU

Rod Wilks – 3-1-4, 2 PBU

John Propst – 0-4-4

Raiques Crump – 3-0-3, FF

Steven Fowlkes – 2-1-3, 1.5 sacks-4 yards, 3 TFLs

Logan Honeycutt – 1-2-3

Max Arnold – 1-2-3

Eric Gordon – 2-1-3, FR, 1 sack-6 yards

Brian Randolph – 2-1-3, INT, FG block

Izauea Lanier – 2-1-3

Jordan Williams – 1-2-3, PBU

Justin Coleman – 1-2-3, PBU

Corey Alexander – 0-3-3

Tyrin Fairman – 2-0-2

Channing Fugate – 1-1-2

Dontavis Sapp – 0-2-2, 0.5 sack-3 yards

Nigel Mitchell-Thornton – 0-2-2, TFL

Joseph Ayres – 1-0-1

Jacques Smith – 0-1-1, 2 PBU

Allan Carson – 1-0-1, FR

Darrington Sentimore – 1-0-1

Marlon Walls – 0-1-1, TFL

Trent Taylor – 0-1-1, TFL

Gregory Clark – 0-1-1

Michael Cantwell – 0-0-0, PBU

SACKS

Steven Fowlkes – 1.5-4 yards

Eric Gordon – 1-6 yards

Dontavis Sapp – 0.5-3 yards

INTERCEPTIONS

Brian Randolph – 1-8 yards

FUMBLES

Allan Carson – Fumble recovery

Eric Gordon – Fumble recovery

Raiques Crump – Forced fumble

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orangeman1 writes:

Its good to hear the running game is improved. I also think our secondary will be really good, and whole defense as long as they can get used to the 3-4. One thing I didnt want to hear again was the Justin Hunter excuse. Surely UT has more than 1 good wide receiver on the team healthy. They also have a great TE in Rivera. I just dont want to hear anymore excuses.

VolsLegacy1970 writes:

Good job defense! Way to get after those guys! I think the defense will be ready come late August, and UT "D" will be the backbone and strength of Tennessee Football once again. I think UT Football is much closer returning to national prominence and sugnificance than many of the nay-sayers think. It's going to start in the trenches, and that's where my beloved Vols will have to start winning a few more recruiting battles, but I am confident UT will start winning more of those battles to acquire more of the O-line and D-line talent that we need to be an elite college football program once again! I can't wait to see our men produce this year on the field...we are going to surprise some folks! GO BIG ORANGE!

VolzsFan writes:

Brey cannot dominate an intersquad scrimmage. And some think he, in spite of his never beaten anyone, is elite. LOL. They will not run the ball in the fall as they are looking at the same deal at Texas Tech was and Purdue etc. They will be a 5 wide team. No SEC school has changed to the 3-4 and done well the first year. Just another in a long long line of future 500 level teams coming post Hall of Famer era. Get those tailgates ready. That is all you have to celebrate.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Brey cannot dominate an intersquad scrimmage. And some think he, in spite of his never beaten anyone, is elite. LOL. They will not run the ball in the fall as they are looking at the same deal at Texas Tech was and Purdue etc. They will be a 5 wide team. No SEC school has changed to the 3-4 and done well the first year. Just another in a long long line of future 500 level teams coming post Hall of Famer era. Get those tailgates ready. That is all you have to celebrate.

I bet ole Fat Foolmer likes a good tailgate. Throw in a half dozen chickens, taters, coleslaw, and some biscuits, and ole Phil is right at home!

MilitaryBrat writes:

Another benefit for a stronger Defense, is it would push our Offensive to get better. If you play against better players in scrimmage, when you actually play someone that is not as good, you should be able to destroy that team.
And make you more competitive for the tougher teams.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Brey cannot dominate an intersquad scrimmage. And some think he, in spite of his never beaten anyone, is elite. LOL. They will not run the ball in the fall as they are looking at the same deal at Texas Tech was and Purdue etc. They will be a 5 wide team. No SEC school has changed to the 3-4 and done well the first year. Just another in a long long line of future 500 level teams coming post Hall of Famer era. Get those tailgates ready. That is all you have to celebrate.

Its almost funny to see your post and then read the one right above it by orangesheep. They are totally opposite. One is almost unrealistically positive. The other is bitterly negative. I am personally excited to see what these new coaches can do with all the talent and depth we have now.

VolsLegacy1970 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Brey cannot dominate an intersquad scrimmage. And some think he, in spite of his never beaten anyone, is elite. LOL. They will not run the ball in the fall as they are looking at the same deal at Texas Tech was and Purdue etc. They will be a 5 wide team. No SEC school has changed to the 3-4 and done well the first year. Just another in a long long line of future 500 level teams coming post Hall of Famer era. Get those tailgates ready. That is all you have to celebrate.

Obviously, you are an illiterate troll, (brey) is spelled (Bray), and your opinion is nothing more than negative phooey to stir a response from true VOLS fans...well if that's what you were looking for, then you got it sister. Go troll your own team's site to spew your negative garbage, because quite frankly, I'm tired of reading it. This site is for UT atheletics boosters, fans, and supporters. If you aren't with the guys representing the University of Tennessee atheletics programs then take hike...get lost...go play on the freeway...you catch my drift, troll(s).

kazoo writes:

What's wrong with Hunter?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

I bet ole Fat Foolmer likes a good tailgate. Throw in a half dozen chickens, taters, coleslaw, and some biscuits, and ole Phil is right at home!

I would bet 99% of UT fans would feel right at home with the menu you listed. Including the only coach to win a National Championship for UT in the last 60 years. Thank goodness we had Fulmer as long as we did. I enjoyed all those top 25 finishes and SEC East titles like we had less than a year before he was fired. Its a shame some UT fans dont respect him more. Of course that says more about the fan than it does about Fulmer.

FWBVol writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

Brey cannot dominate an intersquad scrimmage. And some think he, in spite of his never beaten anyone, is elite. LOL. They will not run the ball in the fall as they are looking at the same deal at Texas Tech was and Purdue etc. They will be a 5 wide team. No SEC school has changed to the 3-4 and done well the first year. Just another in a long long line of future 500 level teams coming post Hall of Famer era. Get those tailgates ready. That is all you have to celebrate.

And you can't even spell the last name of our quarterback right. The name is BRAY, not BREY. Brey, as in Mike, is the basketball coach at Notre Dame.

I'll offer my take on this less than great showing. The defense is running and new scheme and the offense isn't therefore, while the defenders were in new positions, the still knew the offensive sets and recognized the plays. And as the story said, part of the problems could be attributed to the absence of Hunter or the fact the ground game has been the main focus on the offensive side of the ball.

If you want to look on the negative be my guest. There are reasons to be somewhat optimistic heading into the season.

orangeman1 writes:

Tell me I'm missing something. Why isnt Darick Rogers listed in the stats as receiving? Did he participate? Also Palardy missing an extra point. So far, he hasnt shown why he was the top kicker in the country.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Bray = NFL QB prospect
Tebow = NFL fullback prospect

NashvillePreds writes:

Sounds "Typical" to me.
1.) One of the first lines whines about the lack of Hunter.
2.) Palardy misses a PAT
3.) Palardy has a FG attempt blocked

Nothing to see here.

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

No Da'Rick receptions? Interesting.

VolsLegacy1970 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Upsets are a part of any major college sports, Jethro, but unfortunately in football you only get one crack at the other team barring a conference championship or bowl rematch. An undermanned Kentucky team beat us last year, because they wanted it more, and made just enough plays on either side of the ball to win it. I will go on record as saying it may be 26 more seasons before Kentucky wins again against UT in football. I strongly believe UT would beat last year's Kentucky team 95 out of 100 if they played that many times. Flukes happen all the time when the more dominant teams don't play up to their abilities. My VOLS will beat the teams they are supposed to beat this year, and upset at least 2 more. Unprofessional Handicrapper and other trolls take notes and write it down on your magic sketch pads! GO BIG ORANGE!

wildmed writes:

Channey laid the groundwork for this statistical performance when he said "spring is the time to try new things." Not surprised at Bray's stats, they mean nothing at this time of year, even if he'd been perfect. What is a disappointment is the continued mediocrity of the kicking game. Cannot win without a strong performance in this area of football.

mountainbrook writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Can your gators stay out of jail? That's a better question.

MilitaryBrat writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I would bet 99% of UT fans would feel right at home with the menu you listed. Including the only coach to win a National Championship for UT in the last 60 years. Thank goodness we had Fulmer as long as we did. I enjoyed all those top 25 finishes and SEC East titles like we had less than a year before he was fired. Its a shame some UT fans dont respect him more. Of course that says more about the fan than it does about Fulmer.

I feel that most Vol fans have the upmost respect for Coach Fulmer. And I also feel that a good percentage want Dooley to succeed. (Even if it is tainted due to - if Dooley wins, then UT wins)

But what bugs a lot of the posters on here, that are Pro-UT, are the fans that are Pro-Fulmer, that they can't get behind Dooley, (or whoever is the coach at UT), because the coach isn't Fulmer. It is like they want him to fail, just so they could say - 'see you shouldn't have fired Phil'

Personally, I think he just couldn't keep up with way the game changed. We needed a change to keep up with hot new coaches. But it should have been handled better. Fulmer deserved better treatment for what he had done for the University. He made Tennessee a team to be feared.

As for Dooley. I feel he fits "culture wise" at UT. He is a southern boy. If he wins here, I feel he will stay no matter who comes calling. He looks like he is a man that wants to make his own destiny. He will never be a head coach at Georgia, because he will always be compared to his dad.

Do I think that Dooley will make it?
I don't know if he does or not, but I feel he has the pieces now to show us.
But he needs to show much improvement.
Because of the new coaches that pretty much assures him another year. I feel they don't have a number of wins for Dooley to stay or go. But he needs to be in every game. If he gets blown out by three teams, he seat will be pretty hot.

My main request is lets wait and see what happens this season. Get behind the Coaches at UT, and hope they win, instead secretly wishing they would fail
so they can fire someone.

What would it take For You or Anybody that don't like Dooley,
to be Proud to have him as UT's Head Coach?

chl1958 writes:

My Fellow Vols, are you as tired of the Bodeane B-------- of the world messing up our site with their negative comments? As for myself, I have been a fan since the Lauricella era,and will be a Vol until my demise,while supporting the Vols through thick and thin. I am totally disgusted with you Richard Head Trolls;GO and make everyone else as miserable as you are,but please go!

rockytopwestone writes:

in response to MilitaryBrat:

I feel that most Vol fans have the upmost respect for Coach Fulmer. And I also feel that a good percentage want Dooley to succeed. (Even if it is tainted due to - if Dooley wins, then UT wins)

But what bugs a lot of the posters on here, that are Pro-UT, are the fans that are Pro-Fulmer, that they can't get behind Dooley, (or whoever is the coach at UT), because the coach isn't Fulmer. It is like they want him to fail, just so they could say - 'see you shouldn't have fired Phil'

Personally, I think he just couldn't keep up with way the game changed. We needed a change to keep up with hot new coaches. But it should have been handled better. Fulmer deserved better treatment for what he had done for the University. He made Tennessee a team to be feared.

As for Dooley. I feel he fits "culture wise" at UT. He is a southern boy. If he wins here, I feel he will stay no matter who comes calling. He looks like he is a man that wants to make his own destiny. He will never be a head coach at Georgia, because he will always be compared to his dad.

Do I think that Dooley will make it?
I don't know if he does or not, but I feel he has the pieces now to show us.
But he needs to show much improvement.
Because of the new coaches that pretty much assures him another year. I feel they don't have a number of wins for Dooley to stay or go. But he needs to be in every game. If he gets blown out by three teams, he seat will be pretty hot.

My main request is lets wait and see what happens this season. Get behind the Coaches at UT, and hope they win, instead secretly wishing they would fail
so they can fire someone.

What would it take For You or Anybody that don't like Dooley,
to be Proud to have him as UT's Head Coach?

How bout a motivated well coached football team that shows up ready to play for 4 quarters ?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to kazoo:

What's wrong with Hunter?

Probably not taking chances with tweaking an injury with a proven talent..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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He'll be beating FU's defense way before he faces UK again..Now go back to your cubicle and dream up another line to bait for debate..

springtx_vol writes:

No one has commented on Lane's 7 carries for 8 yards? He is supposed to be the stud.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

No one has commented on Lane's 7 carries for 8 yards? He is supposed to be the stud.

Good point, he's already eclipsed Poole's average from last season..

AllVol1 writes:

Da'Rick not mentioned in receivers? Did I miss something?

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

It's early Spring practice scrimmage so relax people.

They're experimenting with alot of things and trying out alot of players to sort things out.

Good stuff for alot of film study to make corrections with every player.

6 practices is all we've had and people expect perfection, LOL.

Tennessee fans always OVERexpect.

OVERexpecting is a big part of what got CPF fired but some of why he got fired he brought on himself.

It was time we made a change and we did so now get on board and support our coaches and players and watch the next 2 years as CDD continues this total rebuilding process.

Smart people always knew this was a 4 to 5 year total rebuilding process and this is the very beginning of year 3 and I still think we're a little ahead of things thanks to some good recruiting and filling roster holes by CDD.

VFL...GBO!!!

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You're being pedantic.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to chl1958:

My Fellow Vols, are you as tired of the Bodeane B-------- of the world messing up our site with their negative comments? As for myself, I have been a fan since the Lauricella era,and will be a Vol until my demise,while supporting the Vols through thick and thin. I am totally disgusted with you Richard Head Trolls;GO and make everyone else as miserable as you are,but please go!

chl1958 and other real Vols,

I hear ya' friend. And, understand what you just said about the copy cat troll, Bodeane.
We all know there is really just one true Bodean and when someone comes along and copies the same name, it's clearly a case of someone being truly immature and insecure.

To take it a step farther, we know Bodeane actually should be given a little break since he's a kid obviously. Just a teeny bopper kid.

Anyway Vol friends, we need not get all caught up in spring practices. They are trying to find roles to fill, depth, and hopefully avoiding springtime injuries. Those who believe gaudy stats from your quarterbacks in spring practice and/or the O & W game are living in a fantasy world.

We'll be okay, just give it time.

jobrando#216494 writes:

One thing for sure....Sal will be a VOL after next year. I would not bet on the other half.

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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The best thing you brought up was the tighter coverage from our secondary. It's really the only area of our defense where we are on par with the other elite teams in our conference. And Sunseri, like mentor Saban, doesn't believe in playing 10 yards off in a two-deep zone. Chavis got burned, Wilcox got burned - it just won't work in our conference. It takes the safeties too far off the line to support the run, gives the opposing receivers too much room to move, prevents jamming the receivers off the line, and gives up waaaaay too much easy yardage. Sal has those boys on the line, in the receivers' faces, jamming and running with them. Tyler and company are going to struggle with that - just like he did against Bama and Florida last year. But, it will make him and his receivers better. Throwing against Wilcox's defense frankly wasn't that difficult, especially the short stuff. Sunseri's defense presents a whole other level of issues. IF we can solidify our D-line, the 3-4 actually suits our personnel much better and other qb's will find it just as difficult to throw against it. And just so every troll knows that it isn't Bray that's the problem, before he was injured last year he had the highest qb rating in our conference and tied for the most TD's, had the lowest INT total. Yes, better numbers than Murray (GA), Garcia (USC), Wilson (ARK), or McCarron (Bama). To imply that he is the weak link is silly. Ask any other SEC D coach whom they would prefer not to face and he would be mentioned right up there with all the above. We'll see but I think the new D is gonna help us more than we think IF we can run the ball. Go Vols!!!

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

I bet ole Fat Foolmer likes a good tailgate. Throw in a half dozen chickens, taters, coleslaw, and some biscuits, and ole Phil is right at home!

How does making fun of the best years in Modern UT football make you feel better about the current lousy situation. You deserve Dooley, the Kentucky loss, the sitting home during Bowl season while Franklin took Vandy to a Bowl and watching Lane Kiffin bolt for greener pastures and now coaching for a National Championship. Even La Tech benefited by getting Dykes and a nice Bowl. Sink in your ignorant abyss.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

How does making fun of the best years in Modern UT football make you feel better about the current lousy situation. You deserve Dooley, the Kentucky loss, the sitting home during Bowl season while Franklin took Vandy to a Bowl and watching Lane Kiffin bolt for greener pastures and now coaching for a National Championship. Even La Tech benefited by getting Dykes and a nice Bowl. Sink in your ignorant abyss.

You shouldn't berate women at LaTech over sexual preference..For shame.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

Read all the positive posts, read all the negative posts, then decided - I am ready for some football!
"It's football time in TN" (almost)

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

You shouldn't berate women at LaTech over sexual preference..For shame.

I should not have laughed, but yet I did :(

Vol43 writes:

in response to VolsLegacy1970:

Good job defense! Way to get after those guys! I think the defense will be ready come late August, and UT "D" will be the backbone and strength of Tennessee Football once again. I think UT Football is much closer returning to national prominence and sugnificance than many of the nay-sayers think. It's going to start in the trenches, and that's where my beloved Vols will have to start winning a few more recruiting battles, but I am confident UT will start winning more of those battles to acquire more of the O-line and D-line talent that we need to be an elite college football program once again! I can't wait to see our men produce this year on the field...we are going to surprise some folks! GO BIG ORANGE!

Hell yeah!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

I bet ole Fat Foolmer likes a good tailgate. Throw in a half dozen chickens, taters, coleslaw, and some biscuits, and ole Phil is right at home!

Good gawd that's great. Bring it Bubba.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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No bodeanEvol, that's not the question. The question is where are you gonna be on September 15, 2012? I know where you aint gonna be and that's here bih!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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Suck it Jeff.

Vol43 writes:

And all the rest of you trolls, naysayers, fools, etc, and Walt, bite me. Yeah you too toddy.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

No one has commented on Lane's 7 carries for 8 yards? He is supposed to be the stud.

The more we see of Neal, the more we're gonna wonder why he was moved to WR and why Lane was given his reps last year? I've said this a million times. Our best RB is Neal. He will shine this year. Devrin Young is a serious threat as well. Good to see him getting the chance to strut his stuff.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to Vol43:

Suck it Jeff.

I saw a post earlier where he said "our vols".
This interested me, so I clicked on his comments and read, anti Dooley posts, (no big deal, half of vol nation do not like Dooley)
Then I saw anti Bray, anti Rogers, anti almost every member of the team, posts and lots of support for Adams and rival SEC teams.
Yeah Sammy, I am buying it. How about the rest of you?

TheVolSnake writes:

It's funny reading these post and what the trolls say.

It was the first scrimmage if you see last year 1st Scrimmage it was poor on offense mainly running the ball.

What is funny is if the offense had exploded all over the field the Troll would be bashing our defense.

If the Defense had exploded against the run they (Trolls) would be saying we have no running game.

The running game improved so they (Trolls) talk about how bad our passing game is and D. Rodgers and Bray are bad.

They wont talk about our running game and more important run blocking and even WR making blocks. They wont talk about because the long passes were not there that Bray checked off to another play that gained yards. they wont talk about the defensive improvement.

in nearly every 1st scrimmage for every team there is rust and timing issues in the passing game. normally Defense dominates. this happens with nearly every team Pro, High school, college.

I see some great things that happened and I see some things that need to be worked on over the next 4+ months prior to the first game.

Go Vol's

DannyVol writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I would bet 99% of UT fans would feel right at home with the menu you listed. Including the only coach to win a National Championship for UT in the last 60 years. Thank goodness we had Fulmer as long as we did. I enjoyed all those top 25 finishes and SEC East titles like we had less than a year before he was fired. Its a shame some UT fans dont respect him more. Of course that says more about the fan than it does about Fulmer.

Very well said, Bubba. The only thing Fulmer did "wrong" was spoil the fan base, who turned on him because he never delivered another national championship -- the first in nearly half a century. I don't know why he is so despised and have never heard a good explanation, just insults. He was still winning the East as late as 2007 when the anti-Fulmer people had already made up their minds. I not only feel bad for Coach Fulmer, but as a lifelong UT fan, I find it embarrassing because, quite frankly, it makes UT fans look stupid.

wilsonorange writes:

in response to orangesheep:

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We might even get moral victories over Bama and Florida this year. God, did I just say that?

Vol43 writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Very well said, Bubba. The only thing Fulmer did "wrong" was spoil the fan base, who turned on him because he never delivered another national championship -- the first in nearly half a century. I don't know why he is so despised and have never heard a good explanation, just insults. He was still winning the East as late as 2007 when the anti-Fulmer people had already made up their minds. I not only feel bad for Coach Fulmer, but as a lifelong UT fan, I find it embarrassing because, quite frankly, it makes UT fans look stupid.

Gosh Danny that really hurt. I may have to go to bed early. Snif, snif. Are you kidding me? Really? You didn't witness the slow decay of the football program since 1998? Maybe you were predisposed to not see what was transpiring right before your very eyes. Fulmer IS NOT DESPISED as you claim. We don't hate Phillip Fulmer. He had his day and his day as UT coach is over. I'm sure he lives a comfortable and enjoyable life and I wish him all the best. He's a fine man. Danny, you don't need to be embarrassed.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to DannyVol:

Very well said, Bubba. The only thing Fulmer did "wrong" was spoil the fan base, who turned on him because he never delivered another national championship -- the first in nearly half a century. I don't know why he is so despised and have never heard a good explanation, just insults. He was still winning the East as late as 2007 when the anti-Fulmer people had already made up their minds. I not only feel bad for Coach Fulmer, but as a lifelong UT fan, I find it embarrassing because, quite frankly, it makes UT fans look stupid.

Some here call me a "dool aid drinker" because I hope we succeed. Others call me a "Fulmerite" because I respect our record during his time. Truth is, I don't know if Phil was losing his touch, If the game changed and he couldn't keep up or if the SEC became so talented, that our dreams of repeat records were unrealistic. Either way, Phil gave more than any that post negative comments, and more than most college coaches. (Now I will be slammed by Fulmer haters). Don't care, maybe he lost his touch, maybe he wasn't the best. No matter, he still gave a hell of a lot more than those that rant against him and I will give him the benefit of the doubt over "arm chair QBs.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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This comment is funny.

How do you (Gators) know anything about our defense when we are installing a completely new style?

The timing was off on the long passes mainly because we have had 7-8 practices.

We will see how much or little you talk about the Gators after the third game of the year.

But I do want to thank you for making my point on what Trolls would reply too.

Go Vol's

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

This comment is funny.

How do you (Gators) know anything about our defense when we are installing a completely new style?

The timing was off on the long passes mainly because we have had 7-8 practices.

We will see how much or little you talk about the Gators after the third game of the year.

But I do want to thank you for making my point on what Trolls would reply too.

Go Vol's

Bodeane isn't technically a troll, If he were, other gator fans would respect him. However, they do not. Making him more of an arse than anything. :)

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Bodeane isn't technically a troll, If he were, other gator fans would respect him. However, they do not. Making him more of an arse than anything. :)

I tried to type a.z.z. but was scolded by staff. Yet Adams is still allowed to post. Priorties staff, priorities. Good job dikweeeeeds.

TeamXer writes:

Kicking game scares dookie out of me.

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