Derek Dooley: Vols will hit the field at full gear

Phillips added; Mitchell-Thornton won't return

University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley addresses members of the media at Neyland Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Fall practice for the Vols begins Friday and the team opens the season Aug. 31 against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS

University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley addresses members of the media at Neyland Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. Fall practice for the Vols begins Friday and the team opens the season Aug. 31 against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

Vols take to Haslam Field for first practice of fall 2012

Full video: Derek Dooley speaks at first Vols' press conference of 2012-13 season

When Derek Dooley's third camp opens today, Tennessee will have more bodies and more competition than at any other time in his tenure.

That means the cuts will be quicker, the coaches will be less forgiving and the first few days of camp will be vital showcases for players fighting to move up the depth chart.

"We're going to try to get them comfortable being uncomfortable," Dooley said Thursday during a pre-practice press conference at Neyland Stadium. "We can't rep 'em all and play 'em all, so we have to (make decisions) pretty quickly."

The Vols start practice with two-a-day sessions at Haslam Field today, Saturday and Sunday. Instead of an early-morning start, Tennessee will practice first at 2:15 p.m. and then again at 7:45.

After three single-practice sessions and another two-a-day next week, the Vols will depart for Milligan College near Elizabethton on Aug. 9 for five days of practices. By then, coaches hope that many of the young players who plan to make an impact in 2012 will already have asserted themselves.

The influx of freshmen, promising junior college players and true sophomores who were tossed into action last season has made position battles more interesting. Dooley said there would be renewed competition in the secondary and on both sides of the line.

"There's a lot more to choose from," he said. "There are a lot more guys in the competition and now it's just a matter of who's going to do it."

Summer workouts have helped. Sophomore safety Brian Randolph, offering brutal honesty, said the young receivers initially struck him as "a little average and a little slow."

Now? "I think they're ready to be on the field in the SEC," he said.

Sophomore linebacker Curt Maggitt said he spent extra time in the film room, watching "whatever Sal (Sunseri) put on for us."

"I feel like if you're doing just what you're told to do, you're not going to get it," Maggitt said. "You have to come in and study extra on your own."

The summertime platitudes are all well and good, Dooley said, but few will take them seriously if the Vols don't prepare this month to deliver this fall.

"You've heard me bragging the whole offseason, the last eight months, about how hard they've worked, the chemistry and the leadership of the group," Dooley said. "All that's great, but none of that's going to pay dividends in the fall if we don't approach the next couple weeks with the right kind of mindset."

Dooley announced Thursday that Nigel Mitchell-Thornton was retiring from football. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native was a reserve linebacker and special teams player in three years with the Vols.

Dooley said that Mitchell-Thornton has already earned a degree.

"I support Nigel, I'm proud for him, and he'll be a great employee for somebody," Dooley said.

Dooley also confirmed that freshman defensive lineman Dante "Omari" Phillips had been officially added to the roster.

Phillips originally signed with Florida but was denied admission to the school. He signed with the Vols in July. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound defensive tackle from Venice, Fla., was ranked a four-star prospect by every major recruiting service.

"We brought him up on a visit, we did our diligence and the process has gotten us to here," Dooley said. "It's really not any different than we do every other player. We just did it in a different time of year than what you normally do."

On the injury front, Dooley said freshman wide receiver Alton Howard (foot) is "progressing forward" after surgery, while redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Harris is coming back "rapidly" after surgery for a torn ACL 14 weeks ago.

Wide receiver Justin Hunter, who is recovering from a season-ending ACL surgery, said he's 100 percent and has been running with no pain.

"I'm jumping a little higher than I was and my speed hasn't decreased, so I think everything's good," Hunter said.

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GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

So happy that it's finally game month! This team is going to surprise some folks but I hope they settle in at the defensive spots. Line and secondary are concerns.

justincredible369#357762 writes:

My fellow Vol Nation I get the feeling its gonna be a really fun fall this year

gatorstomper writes:

in response to GiveHim6TDTennessee:

So happy that it's finally game month! This team is going to surprise some folks but I hope they settle in at the defensive spots. Line and secondary are concerns.

True, But I think we have enough 300 pounders on the D-line that we will be ok. I am worried about the scondary. I have my ticks for the florida game, and when we beat those m%*@#*%#$s im going to take something home with me from the feild. I dont care if it is two barbs from a taser in my back! GO VOLS!!!

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

Life is about to get really fun on Saturdays, and that one Friday ....GO VOLS!!!

GO VOLS!!!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Some users consider this comment inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

in response to gatorstomper:

True, But I think we have enough 300 pounders on the D-line that we will be ok. I am worried about the scondary. I have my ticks for the florida game, and when we beat those m%*@#*%#$s im going to take something home with me from the feild. I dont care if it is two barbs from a taser in my back! GO VOLS!!!

Speaking of defense... I'm in Venice florida on vacation and I talk to 1 guy about phillips, and he said he would be a pro 1 day with some good coaching. He says he's real raw right now but a beast of a player.... other than that I got a good tan, and found some million year old prehistoric sharks teeth in the sand here.

This place is awesome, I can see why he wanted to stay in florid

GO VOLS!!!

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

in response to Show-me-your-TDs:

Speaking of defense... I'm in Venice florida on vacation and I talk to 1 guy about phillips, and he said he would be a pro 1 day with some good coaching. He says he's real raw right now but a beast of a player.... other than that I got a good tan, and found some million year old prehistoric sharks teeth in the sand here.

This place is awesome, I can see why he wanted to stay in florid

GO VOLS!!!

P.S. I love the mountains in east tennessee and sat in many of
deer stands.... but I've never seen so many 2 legged deer with thongs on in all my life. .....LOL!!!

GO VOLS!!!

ChurchHillVol67 (Inactive) writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

This comment may be inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

You sir are a complete moron and we don't want or need you as a fan!!!!! Have a great day!!!! And GO VOLS!!!!!

VFL_Troll_Patrol writes:

New phrase by UT players! "Shock the World"
See for yourself!

Shock the world video
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*Im always watching*
*Shock the World*

We are the Tennessee Volunteers

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Timbo_Slice writes:

"Instead of an early-morning start, Tennessee will practice first at 2:15 p.m. and then again at 7:45." Will these p.m. practices continue throughout the season? I think the early morning practices were a big problem with last years team, which, in my opinion, was one of the reasons why they struggled so much in the 2nd half last year. They get acclaimated to going to work in the morning hours and then when gameday rolls around they are on the field late in the p.m. hours when they were normally resting and winding down. Just a theory from someone who works night shift and can relate to getting all jacked up from schedule changes.

Snapshot writes:

in response to ChurchHillVol67:

You sir are a complete moron and we don't want or need you as a fan!!!!! Have a great day!!!! And GO VOLS!!!!!

Couldn't have said that any better. And at the end of his rant he has the nerve to say "Go Vols"!! What a tool.

JJFabulous writes:

in response to gatorstomper:

True, But I think we have enough 300 pounders on the D-line that we will be ok. I am worried about the scondary. I have my ticks for the florida game, and when we beat those m%*@#*%#$s im going to take something home with me from the feild. I dont care if it is two barbs from a taser in my back! GO VOLS!!!

I am super psyched with your enthusiasm. I hope you succeed and applaud your efforts. Go VOLS!

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

This comment may be inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

Really? There is a purpose for this rant?? This article is about the opening of "Football Time in Tennessee" and nothing about decisions of the Board of Trustees. You do not have a clue on what you speak. Take your name calling and accusations that are unfounded somewhere else.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

This comment may be inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

Dude, you need to give yourself a gigantic enema and chilllllllllllll.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

WaltNoBalls,

Why don't you have that clown get a room. Ohhhh, you already have? Never mind.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

This comment may be inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

Bullwinkle

orangepeel writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

This comment may be inappropriate. Reveal this comment.

UT under its present leadership---including the Board of Trustees that hired this sequencial stupidity---is awash in inferiority:

Bad coaches in all major sports, except Women's BB.
Bad coaches after bad coaches.
Bad Athletics Director after Bad athletics director.
Pat Summitt, living national legend and treasure, pushed out the door by the AlabamaJerk,Supported by the FloridaScumballs.

And from some of the people on this board and other places with chatboards, who can lose a lot of money if people stop clicking, we get comments like "we need to support our coaches; we need to support______."

The real deal is these people do not deserve supporting. They are guaranteed to lose; they are guaranteed to screw up; and they are guaranteed to make UT look like the laughingstock of college football.

Maybe you do not remember, but Phillip Fulmer's last year % before Hamilscum fired him on Monday of Homecoming---the one that they used to fire him---was better than Dooley's entire career.. Pearl could have been kept---and with him winning basketball---if Hamilscum and the BOT had really decided to defend him, instead of running their mouths that direction, but feet walking another and mollifying Commissioner Slive.

The baseball program now has two bad hires to replace Delmonico, just like the Football program has to replace Fulmer. The two top people in the University are the third group of bad hires, also; just like the (formerly) men's athletics.

Predictably, the crown jewel of women's athletics in colleges in America, UT's, was disbanded by Hart and fellow losers.

And the scum running the place pushed out Pat Summitt!!!!! Sooner or later somebody has to look at the Board of Trustees and say, "Enough!"

Yet we have people on this very board and elsewhere suggesting that loyalty should prevail, and that we "Support" those jerks?????

Those who advocate that are naive twits or comatose.

GoVols. And we need VOLS with integrity and morals in charge @ all levels, not pretenders and Alabama or Florida rejects...

or misfits and the amoral.

There is a lot of truth in these comments.

SouthPaVol writes:

in response to Timbo_Slice:

"Instead of an early-morning start, Tennessee will practice first at 2:15 p.m. and then again at 7:45." Will these p.m. practices continue throughout the season? I think the early morning practices were a big problem with last years team, which, in my opinion, was one of the reasons why they struggled so much in the 2nd half last year. They get acclaimated to going to work in the morning hours and then when gameday rolls around they are on the field late in the p.m. hours when they were normally resting and winding down. Just a theory from someone who works night shift and can relate to getting all jacked up from schedule changes.

good assessment, TS. I've worked swings by the month, by the week, and every 4 days--it's never easy switching shifts, forward or back. They might have something with these late practices, which was probably brought in from one of the new assistant coaches.

Sure hope these new coaches work out. We got talent this year, more than any recent year. Team chemistry is a funny thing, though--everybody wants it, but few achieve it. Hope we got it. And, hope these new coaches got big boots! Go Vols!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Here's to hoping we can get early production from Patterson and McCullers. I found it rather interesting that Devrin Young finished 3rd on the team with 700+ total yards as a true freshman. He averaged 88 total yards per game which was 2nd on the team in average. That's with missing the first 3-4 games. I still don't think people realize how good this kid is gonna be. I'll be really upset if we don't see them getting him the ball several times per game. And I think he's gonna have a huge year in the return game. Now let's hope our kickers can hold up on there end.

VolGrad writes:

A few people on here are terminally stupid.

Go Vols! Beat the Pack!

TheVolSnake writes:

Facts on Tyler Bray

Quarterback Tyler Bray is one of 18 returning starters. All signs point to the 6-foot-6 gunslinger having his best season in 2012. He is a prototypical pro-style pocket-passer who possesses the size, arm strength, accuracy and intangibles to develop into one of college football's elite quarterbacks this season. Bray has the stature to find receivers amid defensive chaos and the arm to deliver the ball on target. Bray is most comfortable in the pocket, but has shown an ability to make plays and accurate throws on the run.

He has one of the nastiest wide receiver duos in the nation at his disposal and a developing offensive line blocking for him. When Hunter and Rogers were on the field together the duo combined for 31 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns in eight quarters of football.

Now the Vols’ have added a just as potent weapon in the top junior college receiver in the country in Cordarrelle Patterson. Hunter's emergence this summer along with the arrival of Patterson created plenty of commotion making summer throwing sessions a spectacle or an event with everyone wanting to see what the trio dubbed as Earth, Wind and Fire by some could do. Now add to the Trio the senior tight end Mychal Rivera, who would pass Jason Witten's all-time Tennessee numbers, with the same production he had a year ago (29 catches, 344 yards). Rivera, who was left off all pre-season lists, doesn't mind flying under the radar of those outside the program.

The Vol’s Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was the architect at Purdue when the Boilermakers had Drew Brees at quarterback in 1999. Chaney would spread the field with three or four receivers on almost every play. Brees ended the season with almost 4,000 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes.

Bray ranks seventh at UT in career touchdown passes (35) and ninth in career passing yardage (3,832). He's already taken several records. he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

VolGrad writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

From their tweets, these young men are excited about this coming season, their coaches and fall camp. O how that must really gall some of you!

But I guess they, too, have just been "fooled by Dooley" this whole time. Please.

This is Big Orange Country! Beat the Pack!!!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Walter,

Have you finished whining for the moment? OK,
after you have completed your complaining, as usual, do this. Check into a clinic somewhere today. For company, take your 'partner' thruandthru with you.

You pathetic whiners know this..............
the Vols will gladly play this season without any input or influence whatsoever from you trolls. You are simply irrelevant, thankfully.

frblalack writes:

Great news from Justin Hunter!!! Also we now have another potentially All SEC defensive lineman in Phillips!

It's a GREAT time to be a Tennessee Vol!!! GBO!!!

usafvol writes:

in response to Timbo_Slice:

"Instead of an early-morning start, Tennessee will practice first at 2:15 p.m. and then again at 7:45." Will these p.m. practices continue throughout the season? I think the early morning practices were a big problem with last years team, which, in my opinion, was one of the reasons why they struggled so much in the 2nd half last year. They get acclaimated to going to work in the morning hours and then when gameday rolls around they are on the field late in the p.m. hours when they were normally resting and winding down. Just a theory from someone who works night shift and can relate to getting all jacked up from schedule changes.

Thats a very good point. I saw where Jeff Fisher (Rams coach) does the same thing. No point in heavy practicing in the morning when all the games are in the afternoon.

usafvol writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You're right walt; no other 20 year
male would ever throw a beer bottle at a car unless he learned it at UT. You're such a boob.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt I just went though this week’s Tweaks from players:

From Walls
"I'm a straight defensive end or I can slide inside sometimes," he said. "So sometimes, I'm going against guards. It's a big challenge.
"The guys did a great job of teaching me the position. Going into the fall, I'm really comfortable with my position on the field."
What Wall said about McCullers: "He's going to surprise you," Walls said. "He's not a big, lazy guy. He gives effort. That big guy can move.
He has embraced his new position and sounds grateful to new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri for placing him in a position where he can make plays. He also likes the flexibility involved in his position.

From Tiny Richardson:
"They had us pick two or three NFL guys at our position. We had to watch them and then report about why they were so good, what skill set did they bring to the table”
Without making any negative remarks about Heistand, the linemen as a group seem excited about the direction things are headed in under Pittman.

"I honestly feel like every guy on the offensive line was on the same page with coach Pittman since we first met him. For me,, it's like, 'why haven't you been here the last four years," Dallas Thomas said when asked about Pittman. "It's like I've known him forever and it's just been a real smooth transition.

From Hunter:
"Honestly, I don't know what they (defensive coordinators) can do," Hunter said. "We got All-Americans, All-SEC, and a newcomer (Patterson) coming in who are all good. (Opposing) coaches are going to be mad this year. That's all I got to say.
"When I was hurt last year and Da'Rick was the go-to guy and people were trying to double-team him, they still didn't shut him down. So with me back it's going to be real hard; then we have a third guy (Patterson). It's going to be very hard for defenses to try and cover us all at the same time. No one is going to get double-teamed." Added Hunter, "I can't go into the season thinking anybody can beat us. I feel like we can score at will if we want to."

"It's real important. We talk about it all the time," senior cornerback Prentiss Waggner said. "We want to be that group of seniors, that Tennessee team that brought Tennessee back, put Tennessee back on that pedestal that everyone's used to seeing."

"Going into this year it's real special for all three (Waggner, Rivera, Dallas Thomas) of us because we have nothing left for college football. We try to let the freshmen know every day, play for us, play for the seniors. Our legacy is all that we have left," Rivera said.

Over the last month several players have talked (Quoted) on every coach to include Dooley and how much they have learned and grown this off season.

I stopped going back past the last few days. but if you want I am sure you have the time and will want to go back and see if you can find one thing said bad from the players. Bet you cant.

So your bashing has no merit.

GerryOP writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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"...a better indicator that the wheels have come off the team than Tyler Bray throwing beer bottles and golf balls off his balcony..." Wow Waldo, you're really digging deep for things to whine about. If Bray's actions are "a better indicator that the wheels have come off the team...", then that would indicate that during some of the Fulmer years that there wasn't even a wagon for the wheels to fall off from.

Also, stop with the nonsense of Bray being a 3rd year junior ... it's not true. Yah, yah, I know, Bray came in early, but stop exaggerating to over aggrandize your wimpy whimperings. In football years Bray is beginning his 3rd year.

StoneJackBaller writes:

Dear Lord,

Please lead us to victory over NC State. It's our most important game of the year. If we lose, poor Dooley's head will be on the chopping block and guys like Walt ('81 UT grad if you didn't know) may have to be restrained by law enforcement and medical personell. If we win, chances are we go on to a HUGE season and Rocky Top will be relevant again. Then, the negative naysayers and non-supporting faux fans, will have nothing to complain about. Please, dear Lord, give us victory in the Georgia Dome!

Amen

hikerdude writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Facts on Tyler Bray

Quarterback Tyler Bray is one of 18 returning starters. All signs point to the 6-foot-6 gunslinger having his best season in 2012. He is a prototypical pro-style pocket-passer who possesses the size, arm strength, accuracy and intangibles to develop into one of college football's elite quarterbacks this season. Bray has the stature to find receivers amid defensive chaos and the arm to deliver the ball on target. Bray is most comfortable in the pocket, but has shown an ability to make plays and accurate throws on the run.

He has one of the nastiest wide receiver duos in the nation at his disposal and a developing offensive line blocking for him. When Hunter and Rogers were on the field together the duo combined for 31 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns in eight quarters of football.

Now the Vols’ have added a just as potent weapon in the top junior college receiver in the country in Cordarrelle Patterson. Hunter's emergence this summer along with the arrival of Patterson created plenty of commotion making summer throwing sessions a spectacle or an event with everyone wanting to see what the trio dubbed as Earth, Wind and Fire by some could do. Now add to the Trio the senior tight end Mychal Rivera, who would pass Jason Witten's all-time Tennessee numbers, with the same production he had a year ago (29 catches, 344 yards). Rivera, who was left off all pre-season lists, doesn't mind flying under the radar of those outside the program.

The Vol’s Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was the architect at Purdue when the Boilermakers had Drew Brees at quarterback in 1999. Chaney would spread the field with three or four receivers on almost every play. Brees ended the season with almost 4,000 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes.

Bray ranks seventh at UT in career touchdown passes (35) and ninth in career passing yardage (3,832). He's already taken several records. he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

Drew Brees made Chaney, not the other way around. And, Tyler ain't no Drew Brees.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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First of all if you go back and look the first paragraph in part did come from the Steele article, the rest didn't.

You want to talk about the O.line it wasn't even in the post.

Now on Bray and the Beer bottle throwing, he was never charged, it was never proven he threw the bottle that hit the car, payment for damages have been made. So get over it. I am fairly sure you have done something stupid and immature in your days.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Facts on Tyler Bray

Quarterback Tyler Bray is one of 18 returning starters. All signs point to the 6-foot-6 gunslinger having his best season in 2012. He is a prototypical pro-style pocket-passer who possesses the size, arm strength, accuracy and intangibles to develop into one of college football's elite quarterbacks this season. Bray has the stature to find receivers amid defensive chaos and the arm to deliver the ball on target. Bray is most comfortable in the pocket, but has shown an ability to make plays and accurate throws on the run.

He has one of the nastiest wide receiver duos in the nation at his disposal and a developing offensive line blocking for him. When Hunter and Rogers were on the field together the duo combined for 31 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns in eight quarters of football.

Now the Vols’ have added a just as potent weapon in the top junior college receiver in the country in Cordarrelle Patterson. Hunter's emergence this summer along with the arrival of Patterson created plenty of commotion making summer throwing sessions a spectacle or an event with everyone wanting to see what the trio dubbed as Earth, Wind and Fire by some could do. Now add to the Trio the senior tight end Mychal Rivera, who would pass Jason Witten's all-time Tennessee numbers, with the same production he had a year ago (29 catches, 344 yards). Rivera, who was left off all pre-season lists, doesn't mind flying under the radar of those outside the program.

The Vol’s Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was the architect at Purdue when the Boilermakers had Drew Brees at quarterback in 1999. Chaney would spread the field with three or four receivers on almost every play. Brees ended the season with almost 4,000 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes.

Bray ranks seventh at UT in career touchdown passes (35) and ninth in career passing yardage (3,832). He's already taken several records. he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

And yet he could not beat the Kentucky Wildcats.

But he can nail a windshield with a beer bottle from 45 yards.

Glad he's yours. Trouble lies ahead for this "character".

GerryOP writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Thank you, 2 years and 8 months is not three years. My question still stands, why exaggerate?

What has he learned? Probably to ignore idiot naysaying negaVols like you.

Walt, if you really graduated from UT in '81, you are far too young to be the snarky old curmudgeon that you present yourself as being.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

And yet he could not beat the Kentucky Wildcats.

But he can nail a windshield with a beer bottle from 45 yards.

Glad he's yours. Trouble lies ahead for this "character".

You wont be glad he is ours when he puts 50 points on your team this year.

Virgil writes:

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UT4prez writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Tyler is a quick study. I was in my fourth year at UT before I learned how to do that. And I am HIGHLY intelligent. Watch this. Institutionalize. Reciprocate. Superfluous. E pluribus unum. See? I be smart.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Walter,

Have you finished whining for the moment? OK,
after you have completed your complaining, as usual, do this. Check into a clinic somewhere today. For company, take your 'partner' thruandthru with you.

You pathetic whiners know this..............
the Vols will gladly play this season without any input or influence whatsoever from you trolls. You are simply irrelevant, thankfully.

ocv, Think about what you are asking Walter....He has no concept of the life without whining...Until Phil is back in the saddle,Walt will not stop...ever.

usafvol writes:

in response to hikerdude:

Drew Brees made Chaney, not the other way around. And, Tyler ain't no Drew Brees.

Are you on glue?

TheVolSnake writes:

Coach Hill the Wide Receivers coach for the Gators just resigned .

Florida wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill resigned for personal reasons on Friday, a possible warning sign of sanctions to come at the University of Miami (Fla.), where Hill allegedly had ties to imprisoned booster Nevin Shapiro.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/hill-all...

SevenT writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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TB in action. Lighten up fellows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO3ptL...

Snapshot writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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"nothing but a glib loser"....pot meet kettle

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

You wont be glad he is ours when he puts 50 points on your team this year.

Snake, I am pretty sure "OLEMISS" is none other than the old narcissist Jeffy Flowers....one of his MANY screen names. He tries to mix it up as to throw us off but his lunacy shows through every time.

Hopefully, when the Vols wax NC State Flowers' head will spontaneously explode. : ) GO VOLS!!

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

TB in action. Lighten up fellows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO3ptL...

Seven T and his bride in action. Laugh it up fellows.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wroj0...

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to justincredible369#357762:

My fellow Vol Nation I get the feeling its gonna be a really fun fall this year

after all these years of frustration I just cant be that sure. I hope your right.

jamgod writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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IF your so freakin' upset about all this and are so down on the team and all doom and gloom???...Then why the heck do you continue to spout your garbage on this site? Go be some other teams jerk fan or whatever. Just because you went to ut does not make you a fan and obviously you are not becasue you have not said one good thing about this team. To be honest with you I wish people such as yourself and the other sissy's on here who just are so miserable in thier pathetic lives that they have to come on here and do nothing but bash the team and all they are trying to accomplish this year, just disapear in whatever manner it takes. Get over it and just simply go away. And what are you going to be blabing when Tenn kicks butt this year and wins ten games or more??? Do everybody else a favor and just go away and take the rest of the trash with you!

BMSvol writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Facts on Tyler Bray

Quarterback Tyler Bray is one of 18 returning starters. All signs point to the 6-foot-6 gunslinger having his best season in 2012. He is a prototypical pro-style pocket-passer who possesses the size, arm strength, accuracy and intangibles to develop into one of college football's elite quarterbacks this season. Bray has the stature to find receivers amid defensive chaos and the arm to deliver the ball on target. Bray is most comfortable in the pocket, but has shown an ability to make plays and accurate throws on the run.

He has one of the nastiest wide receiver duos in the nation at his disposal and a developing offensive line blocking for him. When Hunter and Rogers were on the field together the duo combined for 31 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns in eight quarters of football.

Now the Vols’ have added a just as potent weapon in the top junior college receiver in the country in Cordarrelle Patterson. Hunter's emergence this summer along with the arrival of Patterson created plenty of commotion making summer throwing sessions a spectacle or an event with everyone wanting to see what the trio dubbed as Earth, Wind and Fire by some could do. Now add to the Trio the senior tight end Mychal Rivera, who would pass Jason Witten's all-time Tennessee numbers, with the same production he had a year ago (29 catches, 344 yards). Rivera, who was left off all pre-season lists, doesn't mind flying under the radar of those outside the program.

The Vol’s Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was the architect at Purdue when the Boilermakers had Drew Brees at quarterback in 1999. Chaney would spread the field with three or four receivers on almost every play. Brees ended the season with almost 4,000 yards passing and 25 touchdown passes.

Bray ranks seventh at UT in career touchdown passes (35) and ninth in career passing yardage (3,832). He's already taken several records. he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

great post but i thought T Martin had the completion % record for a single game

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to BMSvol:

great post but i thought T Martin had the completion % record for a single game

T. Bray broke the record held by Tee in the Ciny game with a 82.5% completion percentage.

BMSvol writes:

ok i must of been thinking of the game where T started like 14 of 14

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to BMSvol:

ok i must of been thinking of the game where T started like 14 of 14

You were correct, I was wrong on that stat, Completion Percentage (Min. 10 atts.)—95.8, Tee Martin vs. South Carolina 1998 (23 of 24). I made the mistake of looking at individual verse all time on that statement.

Sorry for the mis-statment

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt

It is funny how you can remember one line but can’t remember, anything good being said about the players or coaches. When the tweaks or what they are quoted as saying you start asking about other players.

It’s your standard MO, don’t face the facts, don’t be positive, and if a fact is posted ask about something else. And twist anything to bash the Vol's.

Since you are about 2 years younger than me (Based on your graduation year) you have very selective memory.

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