Derek Dooley still talking about 'mental errors'

Darrington Sentimore after practice

The initial reactions held up through film study.

Both the good and the bad.

Derek Dooley again offered some praise for improvement from the Tennessee rushing attack and a defense playing with more tenacity after a weekend to evaluate video of the first football scrimmage of spring. And the same area that seemed to concern the Vols coach last Friday had his attention at practice on Tuesday morning after a rough outing throwing the ball, though the defense perhaps had something to do with that as camp progressed past the midway point.

"We didn't throw and catch very well, and that starts with the quarterback," Dooley said. "(Quarterback) Tyler (Bray) didn't play as well as he's capable of playing. We've got to do a better job at wideout of playing press when the (defensive backs) are challenging us. There are three or four teams in our league that play it like that, and it's different.

"You can't get frustrated. It's not clean, they're not giving you access, so we have to work on that and we just have to eliminate a lot of the mental errors."

The Vols went back to work at Haslam Field cleaning those miscues up after a couple days off following an outing that included some ugly numbers for the junior starter. And while Bray claimed responsibility for a few errant throws on the way to completing just 13 of his 32 attempts, there were other factors working against the offense than just accuracy issues.

The receiving corps is shorthanded with Justin Hunter on the shelf, the emphasis has been more on running the ball and the UT defense has created pressure with tight coverage in the secondary. But that certainly doesn't mean the Vols aren't looking for improved productivity through the air leading up to a second scrimmage on Saturday.

"I'm not disappointed in (Bray's) offseason and his spring, he's having a good spring," Dooley said. "He just wasn't as accurate, he wasn't as sharp as he's capable of being. I don't think it was anything that we start panicking over.

"He just didn't throw it as well as he can, and not having Justin sometimes hurt. We have a lot of guys out there at receiver probably trying to do too much. I'm not that concerned about it because he's working really hard to get better."

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orangeman1 writes:

Again, we know Hunter is hurt. We've heard that excuse since last year. Apparently if Hunter goes down again this year, we are in trouble cause they still dont know how to make up for it.

SevenT writes:

The Vols biggest 'mental error' happened when they offered Dooleave the Head Coach job.

born2ride writes:

Was having 13 players on the field against LSU a mental error?

V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

in response to SevenT:

The Vols biggest 'mental error' happened when they offered Dooleave the Head Coach job.

How many different screen names do you troll with across the different Vol message boards?

Bubba_Knows writes:

I predict we will beat Kentucky this year and everything will be just OK again.

Snapshot writes:

in response to born2ride:

Was having 13 players on the field against LSU a mental error?

No, it was a mistake in the heat of competition at the end of a game. I'm sure that's something you can't comprehend.

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Again, we know Hunter is hurt. We've heard that excuse since last year. Apparently if Hunter goes down again this year, we are in trouble cause they still dont know how to make up for it.

What about an excuse since last year?

VolinCalif writes:

Well for some we want to inform you that Hunter is no longer injured, he is just on the shelf making sure he just fine for the season. Please don't worry your little selves he'll be better than ever this fall. The other thing for your info is that we have other rec's coming in this fall that will boost this group to the best in the country. Oh now don't cry, our running game will only start out as being good for the first 4 games then it will go to very good for the rest of the season. The defence will start as very good. We're back.
9-3 plus a bowl and with a little luck it will be 10-2 and a run at the East.

PUL4VOLS writes:

I am appalled at how negatively last yearish people are on here. This is a new year, new coaches and new deal. Just wait and see. Will we be in the BCS game? No, of course we won't. Will we be better than the last two years? Oh yeah, now come on with the negativimnorealvol posts. I am waiting. By the way, I am also waiting for that potential Dooley super-replacement list for all the experts sending him packing. Where is it gang?

orangesherbert writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Patience is a virtue,my friend. I hate losing as much as anyone but I'm also realistic.When you're forced to field a team of youth and no depth growing pains are inevitable.I expect improvement this year.Eight or nine wins is a reasonable expectation.We're landing good recruits and have several elite prospects showing interest in the program.And,guess what, most of these kids cite Coach Dooley as a main reason they have Tennessee on their list.Let's wait and see what becomes of this season before we start the doom and gloom.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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You will return to truck driving long before CDD ever considers leaving the Hill.

NashvillePreds writes:

"The receiving corps is shorthanded with Justin Hunter on the shelf"
At least we made it to the fifth paragraph this time...

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Sort of like baseball batting averages......
with this lineup of trolls:

Sammy/Snammy, Merlot the AA member, Seven as in IQ, and Born2beatroll...........

These 4 out of the current 16 posters make it a .250 batting average for the trolls.

Things are looking up Vol friends.

Vol43 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

I am appalled at how negatively last yearish people are on here. This is a new year, new coaches and new deal. Just wait and see. Will we be in the BCS game? No, of course we won't. Will we be better than the last two years? Oh yeah, now come on with the negativimnorealvol posts. I am waiting. By the way, I am also waiting for that potential Dooley super-replacement list for all the experts sending him packing. Where is it gang?

Sic 'em Pul!

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to Bubba_Knows:

I predict we will beat Kentucky this year and everything will be just OK again.

And maybe we can play a full game each week, not just the first half and get blown out the 2d half by the better teams or inched out by the ukittens and sandy types on the schedule.

As CDD told a reporter going in at the half of one of the games last year, "we're gonna go in here and figure it out," but when they came back out for the 2d half they laid another egg, as in zero points and let the other offense run wild.

So now we have new coaches (I believe that is a plus since the old crew could not "figure it out"), more players, Hunter is back as are more good receivers, QB older, hopefully wiser and more mature, O line more experienced, kicker isn't injured (yet)... well ... most of the old excuses are gone, gotta play this year and win more than we lose (and won't that be a welcome change) or we 'pinch it off.'

clvolfan writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Again, we know Hunter is hurt. We've heard that excuse since last year. Apparently if Hunter goes down again this year, we are in trouble cause they still dont know how to make up for it.

When we get the new receivers in this fall,UT might just have the best group in the SEC,and if one goes down,hope to have others to step up.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Gomer,

Bray will Figure it out, he had 14 TD and 2 INT last year before he got hurt.

Meanwhile in Florida - Quotes from Sporting News.

"Former players, though, contend it was the foundation of Florida’s culture under Meyer. In the season opener against Hawaii, Meyer said a few elite players (including wideout Percy Harvin, linebacker Brandon Spikes and tight end Aaron Hernandez) would miss the game with injuries. According to multiple sources, the three players—all critical factors in Florida’s rise under Meyer—failed drug tests for marijuana and were sitting out as part of standard university punishment." HMMM sounds familiar.

Percy Harvin should change his name to DaRick.

"It only got worse as Harvin’s career progressed. At one point during the 2008 season, multiple sources confirmed that Harvin, now a prominent member of the Minnesota Vikings, physically attacked wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, grabbing him by the neck and throwing him to the ground. Harvin had to be pulled off Gonzales by two assistant coaches—but was never disciplined." DaRick only laughed at his coach.

Also coaches leaving becasue of the atmosphere.

"Gonzales left Florida for LSU—a lateral move—after the 2009 season, and did so by placing his keys, cell phone and resignation letter on Meyer’s desk. There were rumors that Gonzales resigned with a Post-it note on Meyer’s desk."

Gome,

It looks like ole Galen Muschamp has his work cut out for him to change the culture that Meyer left behind in Gainesville.

Semper Fi.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to clvolfan:

When we get the new receivers in this fall,UT might just have the best group in the SEC,and if one goes down,hope to have others to step up.

I hope you are right. It wouldve been good if Arnett would have stayed. I just know that using Hunter's injury as an excuse this year wont fly with fans or the AD

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

I thought he was talking about his mental errors!

Ayres_Hall writes:

The LoM will stop at nothing to tear us down and it looks like they are out in force today. Must be free internet day at the gray bar hotel.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

in response to Snapshot:

No, it was a mistake in the heat of competition at the end of a game. I'm sure that's something you can't comprehend.

Is that water your toteing heavy?

Bubba_Knows writes:

Woh tuob esoht SLOV?

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

Is that water your toteing heavy?

Dat dat dat watah is pure!

Pompey writes:

in response to SevenT:

The Vols biggest 'mental error' happened when they offered Dooleave the Head Coach job.

....dude, find another team, and this time make it one that you can support.....!

AllVol1 writes:

Vol fans, please resist from replying to trolls, whiners, negative Nancies, and Eores. Yes, they want attention, we don't need to give it to them. As long as we reply, they will keep coming.

VolsLegacy1970 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Well for some we want to inform you that Hunter is no longer injured, he is just on the shelf making sure he just fine for the season. Please don't worry your little selves he'll be better than ever this fall. The other thing for your info is that we have other rec's coming in this fall that will boost this group to the best in the country. Oh now don't cry, our running game will only start out as being good for the first 4 games then it will go to very good for the rest of the season. The defence will start as very good. We're back.
9-3 plus a bowl and with a little luck it will be 10-2 and a run at the East.

I really feel your optimism and with good reason. UT finally has the right pieces to match up favorably with most SEC teams, and the VOLS should have the offensive firepower to keep pace with teams like Georgia and Florida. Although I think Florida will be more of a defensive minded team this year. Point is the VOLS are back...10-3 and a bowl win...11-2 is possible with an at-large BCS bowl game.

AllVol1 writes:

Every player has a bad day, of course. What I like hearing is that our receivers are having to scrimmage against some aggressive DB's that are making it hard to make completions. It is spring, people! Tough competition now will only make us better sooner!! This is great news. Bray and the WR corp were used to Wilcox's D. There's a new sheriff in town and the D has a new game. Bray and the O will have to regroup to meet them. This is awesome news. Go Vols!

You can whine about this and that, or you can focus on the positives and make progress! Let's support this team and focus on the positives!

VolsLegacy1970 writes:

in response to VolsLegacy1970:

I really feel your optimism and with good reason. UT finally has the right pieces to match up favorably with most SEC teams, and the VOLS should have the offensive firepower to keep pace with teams like Georgia and Florida. Although I think Florida will be more of a defensive minded team this year. Point is the VOLS are back...10-3 and a bowl win...11-2 is possible with an at-large BCS bowl game.

Oh, and one more thing...you are right about Justin Hunter. It would be pointless to push him too much in Spring drills. I believe like you do...Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, Rivera, and Co. will be the best of the best in college football talent-wise. Can't wait to see teams start giving us the run to play their deep zone schemes against our receivers. GO VOLS!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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You might want to crawl out from under your bridge and check into what's going on in G'ville. My guess is that the downward spiral is just picking up steam. And there you sit with no QB and lil' Willy as your head coach.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

Vol-N-Fl writes:

Wow, it's Spring football. What do you want to hear? "Everything is great, we are game ready !

Try to chill out, have a beverage and hope we don't have many more injurys during this PRATICE season.

GO VOLS!!

Munsterlander writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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So extrapolating your "logic" a coach should be able to pull aside a basketball player who's having an 0-fer night and suggest an adjustment and that will just fix it? Wow, that's brilliant. Nobody would ever have an off day again, ever.

Any recruit coming to the school is making the decision with a positive view of CDD. Give some proof to the contrary. Or do you really expect people to believe our recruits are saying "I think CDD's a joke, but I love my position coach."? Your counter may be we have no top recruits? That's just silly. Even leaving out those you'll claim were really Kiffin recruits, you really going to make the argument that AJ and Maggitt weren't top recruits? Tiny? Cam?

Geez, people like you and Merlot are just so pathetically juvenile.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to born2ride:

Was having 13 players on the field against LSU a mental error?

Ah,yeah! I think you could say that.

Vol43 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Toddy, you just can't let it go can you? You're so eat up with the DA. Why don't you just stop for a moment and think about what you're saying. This is not about Derek Dooley, this is about something bigger, much bigger, and if you are truly a Tennessee Volunteer Football Fan, then you'll understand. This is ALL about the pride and tradition. Please stop trashing Coach Dooley. He is the head football coach at the University of Tennessee. Give him some respect. I give him a lot.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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I was going to reply but it just ain't worth the trouble! The Vols are becoming a joke! Makes me sad.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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Yeah, I found a few. Anytime you can find a few, it's a good day! lol. How about you bro.? Funny you should show up the next day after scooner. It's all good and most importantly...Go VOLS.

Munsterlander writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Give it up, witless. It's a ridiculous assertion. Great players have off days, terrible players have sensational days - completely independent of even a great coach. You have Dooley Derangement Syndrome, and as childish and droningly repetitive as it is, at least it gives me something to laugh at. Must be tough being all torn up inside constantly. Poor thing.

proud2btnvol (Inactive) writes:

13 out of 32 is not starter material.

Vol43 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Well maybe you should just esad. Toddy, I love ya bro. but you're as wrong as wrong can be. You have no hope. If you're a UT fan as I, you should pull for the team, and that includes our coach. Come on man, get the head out your (it's at the end of the rectum). They wouldn't let me say a&z. Nice catch KNS you're really on the ball!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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W&D, welcome to our world.

Vol43 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Toddy, I don't know what to do but laugh.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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Understood.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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I hope that doesn't happen. My name is Bubba (really).

Vol43 writes:

Toddy, I think you must be missing something in your diet. I'm not a dietician, but I know one who looks just like Sandra Bullock. If you don't like her, just send her to me.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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You're ok. Don't worry. It's good to have you here and it really doesn't matter about your allegiance. We have them from all over as you know and somehow we still get along. It's all good. Even toddy. lol

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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Dude, I'm a whole lot smarter than I look. :) Thanks to your education, I now understand how it works. No more needs to be said. Thanks for that. I know you. Welcome back and.......Go Big Orange!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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Kentucky has a baseball team? I thought they only had a football team. Where the heck have I been? Movie time. Good night.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Salma_Hayek_is_my_Wife:

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There was a recent movie where the guy says " Stupid is what stupid does" I don't know why that comes to mind, it just does. It's GREAT to be a Tennessee VOL!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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no

Vol43 writes:

in response to Won_and_Done:

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Bad url WD, want to try again? Price is the same. :)

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