Steve Spurrier hopes Vols beat 'a bunch' of people

JOHNSON CITY — Tennessee practiced Friday and Saturday at a high school field named for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier grew up here and was a three-sport star at Science Hill High School, where the Hilltoppers play on Steve Spurrier Field at Kermit Tipton Stadium.

Naturally, Spurrier was asked by South Carolina reporters about the Vols' practice plans.

"I'm glad we could help out the Vols," he told The State newspaper. "Hopefully, they will beat Georgia and a whole bunch of people. Not us, but a bunch."

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley had little to say when asked about practicing on a field named for a frequent nemesis of the Vols.

"It's nice that (Spurrier) gave back to his high school," Dooley said.

Tipton was a longtime Johnson City coach who passed away in March.

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Freshman running back Davante Bourque is not currently with the team as he deals with unspecified personal issues, GoVols247 reported Saturday.

Bourque suffered a neck injury earlier in camp that Dooley compared to "whiplash."

Dooley told GoVols247 that he couldn't say when or even if Bourque would return to the team.

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Junior receiver Cordarrelle Patterson wore a non-contact jersey and played sparingly Saturday, although he did catch one pass for 26 yards.

Dooley said it was difficult to judge the performance of a receiver wearing a non-contact jersey, as defensive backs are understandably hesitant about playing with the same level of aggressiveness.

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Post-scrimmage interviews Saturday featured the offensive line and running backs trying to out-praise each other for their efforts.

Center James Stone said the backs showed speed and toughness, but he also said the veteran line was happy to do its part.

"When we're on the same page coming off the ball there are going to be holes and creases," he said.

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Tennessee has a day off today but will return to the field Monday with practices at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Assuming the weather remains dry, the Vols should be able to practice for the first time at Milligan College.

The small college has two soccer fields marked with yard lines, and the outfield of the baseball stadium has been temporarily converted to a small football field. The picturesque, park-like setting is framed by hills in the background. A creek runs behind the fields.

The practices at Milligan are closed to the public. Even on Saturday, when the Vols practiced at Johnson City, security officers at both main entrances to campus checked visitors for credentials.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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VolGrad writes:

You may get more than you want from the Vols this year, Mr. Spurrier. But thanks for the well wishes.

Go Vols!!!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

So, does Mr Spurrier see a few losses in the conference for his boys? He appears to be hoping for the Vols to help him get to Atlanta by beating one or two teams he may lose to. Of course, when the Vols beat him, his plan will backfire.

keepitreal4vols writes:

Curious about Bourque. What's up with those Louisana guys going home for "unspecified" reasons.

RaineyVol writes:

Vols will compete with everyone this year. I don't believe they will be a push over team.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

The ONLY reason Spurrier didn't go to Tennessee was that we were running the single wing and Steve was a true quarterback. Being from East Tennessee his DNA dictated that he wanted to wear the Orange but he knew his skill set didn't match what the Vols were doing at the time. I think as he is getting older the Orange in his blood is starting to show through.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodberry:

The ONLY reason Spurrier didn't go to Tennessee was that we were running the single wing and Steve was a true quarterback. Being from East Tennessee his DNA dictated that he wanted to wear the Orange but he knew his skill set didn't match what the Vols were doing at the time. I think as he is getting older the Orange in his blood is starting to show through.

Naaaaaa....he still can't see the creamsicle orange through the Orange and Blue National Championship and the beat downs he put on the vawls.

Nice try.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

who?

Tennfan4075 writes:

Why would a team or coach close the practice to the public this early in the preseason? Even the NFL doesn't close practice until game day week.

3rdn8 writes:

Good morning Vol fans. Getting pumped about the new season. Hope it is a great one.

Here's one Bama fan who is pulling for Dooley (and Sunseri). Hope you guys run the table (except for October 20).

See you in Knoxville.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Think Wolfpack!

It is closer than you think.

GBO

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Because of Georgia's cake walk schedule a lot of guru's are predicting they go undefeated.Spurrier needs UT or Auburn to whip them..For us the GA game will be pretty interesting..Iam sure because of last year we will be big underdogs..GA has every bit as good a defense as Bama or LSU but don't have the talent and experience that we have at the skill positions...They may have another freshman starting RB since Crowell is gone but word is Marlon Brown is finally playing good ball..A win against NC State and an upset between the hedges would be huge for us!!

SevenT writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Why would a team or coach close the practice to the public this early in the preseason? Even the NFL doesn't close practice until game day week.

I agree, it is not like ESPN or some other National Media cares about covering Tennessee. They will send their reporting crews to Florida, Alabama or LSU to cover national power teams.

SummittsCourt writes:

spurrier still sucks

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

Dooley should open at least a couple of practices for the long time East Tennessee fans. Spurrier needs to watch the vandy films from yesterday with three fast running backs scoring TD's including the 4.2 speed of freshman Kimbrough. Norman is back and scored along with Zac Stacey. Spurrier may not be so confident on Aug 31st after a road loss on Thursday night in Nashville to open the season on ESPN...

Couchdummy writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

who?

History lesson--One of the best all around Tennessee high school athletes ever. Single-handedly beat and embarrassed Oak Ridge in 1961. We should treat him as one of our own instead of scoffing at him like we were spurned girlfriends because he didnt go to UT. UT was not exactly clamouring for him to be a Vol at that time.

crappieking writes:

Don't let spurrier fool you. His team, plus a lot of other WELL COACHED TEAMS will beat us this year. Dooley is over his head. Overall coaching record of 28-34 and 4-12 in the SEC? Please.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SevenT:

I agree, it is not like ESPN or some other National Media cares about covering Tennessee. They will send their reporting crews to Florida, Alabama or LSU to cover national power teams.

what SevenTenny really said:

blah blah blah LOOK AT ME blah blah blah OVER HERE blah blah blah SOMEBODY GIVE ME ATTENTION blah blah blah

So ESPN or the National Media do not care about covering Tennessee.....but here you are DAILY spouting your bull and waving your arms to get attention. Tell us what your fascination with the Vols is. Tell us what your connection with the Vols is. You have ZERO connection to the Vols. You never darkened the doorway of any college class room especially UT. Slimeball.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to crappieking:

Don't let spurrier fool you. His team, plus a lot of other WELL COACHED TEAMS will beat us this year. Dooley is over his head. Overall coaching record of 28-34 and 4-12 in the SEC? Please.

The C_R_A_P_K_I_N_G is up early thing morning spewing what he is good at. It cracks me up that your moron trolls use "us" in your rants. You are not part of "us". Crawl back under your bridge.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Dooley should open at least a couple of practices for the long time East Tennessee fans. Spurrier needs to watch the vandy films from yesterday with three fast running backs scoring TD's including the 4.2 speed of freshman Kimbrough. Norman is back and scored along with Zac Stacey. Spurrier may not be so confident on Aug 31st after a road loss on Thursday night in Nashville to open the season on ESPN...

So you are saying Candy beats the Chickens, Brett? If you say it...then I will bet on Carolina. I've seen your YouTube videos Brett. You could work for Ringling Brothers as a clown.

Megavol writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Why would a team or coach close the practice to the public this early in the preseason? Even the NFL doesn't close practice until game day week.

Because Dooley is paranoid. He won't even let UT Athletics staff that aren't involved with football view practice, they have to look at the ground and have a chaperone if they need to speak with him. I'd give him slack if his teams demonstrated some prowess worth hiding from opponents.

VolNWA writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

Naaaaaa....he still can't see the creamsicle orange through the Orange and Blue National Championship and the beat downs he put on the vawls.

Nice try.

Has Ole Miss won a National Title, or even played in 5 SEC Title games in my young lifetime?

'Nuff said on your lame handle...

clvolfan writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodberry:

The ONLY reason Spurrier didn't go to Tennessee was that we were running the single wing and Steve was a true quarterback. Being from East Tennessee his DNA dictated that he wanted to wear the Orange but he knew his skill set didn't match what the Vols were doing at the time. I think as he is getting older the Orange in his blood is starting to show through.

Knowing some of his family,it's a fact that UT could have had him as coach after his 2 years with the Redskins.Too bad we tarried too long with CPF.

arkyvol writes:

i rather suspect that if it were left to spurrier, dooley would be in knoxville till the second coming.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Megavol:

Because Dooley is paranoid. He won't even let UT Athletics staff that aren't involved with football view practice, they have to look at the ground and have a chaperone if they need to speak with him. I'd give him slack if his teams demonstrated some prowess worth hiding from opponents.

So you have diagnosed Dooley as "paranoid", huh? Please tell us where you got your PhD in Psychology from. Thank you Sigmund Fraud.

NEWSFLASH...CDD is the Head Coach. It is his right to close any and all practices he wants to. You can see the Vols all you want during the season...buy a ticket like the rest of us. Megavol? That is a laugh.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Curious about Bourque. What's up with those Louisana guys going home for "unspecified" reasons.

bourque claims on his facebook page that he misses his kid and he said something like it may be the wrong choice but it's mine. or something like that. his mom then responded on his facebook that he was lying and it was about his "baby mamma" (hate that term. america, it's time to stop speaking like the uneducated. anyhoo...) his family is pissed that he's throwing away a golden opportunity.

John_10065 writes:

in response to clvolfan:

Knowing some of his family,it's a fact that UT could have had him as coach after his 2 years with the Redskins.Too bad we tarried too long with CPF.

I don't think the UT fan base would have stood for Spurrier coaching on the hill. He burned his bridges with his mouth while at Florida.

givehim6 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Dooley should open at least a couple of practices for the long time East Tennessee fans. Spurrier needs to watch the vandy films from yesterday with three fast running backs scoring TD's including the 4.2 speed of freshman Kimbrough. Norman is back and scored along with Zac Stacey. Spurrier may not be so confident on Aug 31st after a road loss on Thursday night in Nashville to open the season on ESPN...

I will give you this, I hope Vandy runs all over USC. It will give the "gameclucks" a blow to there ego. And the "doors" a false filling of pride going into the season, that for sure will blow up in there face.

frblalack writes:

I wouldn't be too surprised if Bourque didn't realize he wasn't going to get many carries this season...the competition is tough. Hopefully this will be a breakout year for Rajon; everyone on the coaching staff must know he has the talent. And Mr. Young and Mr. Lane will be just fine!

Great to be a Vol! Wish the KNS would take CrappyKing, Arkydoll, Merlot the miserable, ProfessionallyHandicapped, SevenTea, and Olemissy out of the loop. This is supposed to be a Vol Fan Website! The negativity is sickening; we already get enough of that from the KNS's own J.Adams. Please KNS, ban the bottom feeder non-Vol supporters from this site. Their comments aren't even amusing.

Back to the future...I see a Bright Orange Season ahead!!!

Great to be a Tennessee Vol - Thanks to all our Coaches & Players for your hard work this offseason! Who can beat 'em, We can beat 'em, We're the team that can defeat 'em!!!

Vol for Life

BolivrBob writes:

The Media is trying so hard to make a really insignificant fact that it's Steve Spurrier Field a source of controversy. It wouldn't be any different if it was Joe Blow Field. And we will beat a whole bunch of folks.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

Curious about Bourque. What's up with those Louisana guys going home for "unspecified" reasons.

Good point, that sounds eerily similar to JJ's situation last year..I hope he gets his act together..GBO!!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

Naaaaaa....he still can't see the creamsicle orange through the Orange and Blue National Championship and the beat downs he put on the vawls.

Nice try.

Shouldn't you be out looking for new WR coach?

mountainbrook writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

Dooley should open at least a couple of practices for the long time East Tennessee fans. Spurrier needs to watch the vandy films from yesterday with three fast running backs scoring TD's including the 4.2 speed of freshman Kimbrough. Norman is back and scored along with Zac Stacey. Spurrier may not be so confident on Aug 31st after a road loss on Thursday night in Nashville to open the season on ESPN...

They were running against Vandy's defense, not a real one.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BolivrBob:

The Media is trying so hard to make a really insignificant fact that it's Steve Spurrier Field a source of controversy. It wouldn't be any different if it was Joe Blow Field. And we will beat a whole bunch of folks.

No doubt, it's not like SS owns the freakin' HS, he simply contributed to the athletic program. Spurrier knows without UT as a strength in the East, the whole conference suffers. I'm sure he could care less how UT performs as long as his chickens win at Columbia.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to frblalack:

I wouldn't be too surprised if Bourque didn't realize he wasn't going to get many carries this season...the competition is tough. Hopefully this will be a breakout year for Rajon; everyone on the coaching staff must know he has the talent. And Mr. Young and Mr. Lane will be just fine!

Great to be a Vol! Wish the KNS would take CrappyKing, Arkydoll, Merlot the miserable, ProfessionallyHandicapped, SevenTea, and Olemissy out of the loop. This is supposed to be a Vol Fan Website! The negativity is sickening; we already get enough of that from the KNS's own J.Adams. Please KNS, ban the bottom feeder non-Vol supporters from this site. Their comments aren't even amusing.

Back to the future...I see a Bright Orange Season ahead!!!

Great to be a Tennessee Vol - Thanks to all our Coaches & Players for your hard work this offseason! Who can beat 'em, We can beat 'em, We're the team that can defeat 'em!!!

Vol for Life

What frblalack said!

Rocky Top.... Woooooooooooooooooooooo

Olddogsrule writes:

Mehbe that ol Sssssnake in the Grasss Ssssteve Sssssssspurier is mellowing in his old age & now he's Steve Spurrier? ... ... nah. CDD can and should close any practice he wishes to stop any and all distractions from he and his staff getting their coaching points across these pivotal few weeks before the most important season for Volunteer football in years. It's not about Dooley, it's about atheletes geling into a team. I think it's wise. And I think the trolls who've been crying on here like little kids for their mommy to give them a lolly at the checkout are going to be schooled by a second generation SEC head coach who grew up listening to football being talked by Vince at the breakfast table.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

One shame is you. You should stop using "we" as if you are a Vol fan.

Vol43 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, it's not like SS owns the freakin' HS, he simply contributed to the athletic program. Spurrier knows without UT as a strength in the East, the whole conference suffers. I'm sure he could care less how UT performs as long as his chickens win at Columbia.

Hey BB, what's up, bro? Curious, are you and BolivrBob neighbors?

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Megavol:

Because Dooley is paranoid. He won't even let UT Athletics staff that aren't involved with football view practice, they have to look at the ground and have a chaperone if they need to speak with him. I'd give him slack if his teams demonstrated some prowess worth hiding from opponents.

Maybe he is hiding the improvement? Wouldn't that make sense, so we can take a couple of teams by surprise early in the season? Also, it may just be his philosophy not to give opponents any extra opportunities to gather intel.

Vol43 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Maybe he is hiding the improvement? Wouldn't that make sense, so we can take a couple of teams by surprise early in the season? Also, it may just be his philosophy not to give opponents any extra opportunities to gather intel.

Hey 85, maybe UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST, aka Jeffy, is sending us a backhanded complement. After all, Oxford, Ms. is well known for it's beautiful women.

Vol43 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Merlot, you remind me of the kind of person who thinks nothing is his fault; that someone else caused it. I think I'm right on this. There's more where that came from.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Urban shucked the Florida Gators like a used condom..
Truth is hilarious.

SevenT writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

what SevenTenny really said:

blah blah blah LOOK AT ME blah blah blah OVER HERE blah blah blah SOMEBODY GIVE ME ATTENTION blah blah blah

So ESPN or the National Media do not care about covering Tennessee.....but here you are DAILY spouting your bull and waving your arms to get attention. Tell us what your fascination with the Vols is. Tell us what your connection with the Vols is. You have ZERO connection to the Vols. You never darkened the doorway of any college class room especially UT. Slimeball.

Big O,

Remember this classic comment from Steve Spurrier, "You can't spell 'Citrus' without 'UT,'"

Vol43 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Big O,

Remember this classic comment from Steve Spurrier, "You can't spell 'Citrus' without 'UT,'"

Is that the best you got there simpleton? Hey T, you gonna be at Neyland on 11/24?

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

A troll's definition of ownership. The only way the C.o.c.k.s beat us this year is if we're having another 5 or 6 win season (which ain't gonna happen). In the last 20 years, the only times we've lost to the chickens: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011. The four worst seasons in the last 20 years. They can't beat us when we have a decent team, which we do.

BTW, KNS, "C.o.c.k.s" is not a vulgarity. It is a trademarked South Carolina mascot and logo. How can you run a site for news and discussion of SEC sports and filter out the name of one of the teams? Get over yourself.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to SevenT:

Big O,

Remember this classic comment from Steve Spurrier, "You can't spell 'Citrus' without 'UT,'"

Well, just think of all the things you can't spell without "UK."

There's one you should do to yourself.

SevenT writes:

in response to Vol43:

Is that the best you got there simpleton? Hey T, you gonna be at Neyland on 11/24?

Of Course!

Vol43 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

A troll's definition of ownership. The only way the C.o.c.k.s beat us this year is if we're having another 5 or 6 win season (which ain't gonna happen). In the last 20 years, the only times we've lost to the chickens: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011. The four worst seasons in the last 20 years. They can't beat us when we have a decent team, which we do.

BTW, KNS, "C.o.c.k.s" is not a vulgarity. It is a trademarked South Carolina mascot and logo. How can you run a site for news and discussion of SEC sports and filter out the name of one of the teams? Get over yourself.

Speaking of. Someone posted a photo on my facebook of a beautiful (and I mean beautiful) brunette wearing a red tee shirt with white lettering. It says: "C.o.c.k.s Rock" Got a kick out of that.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to SevenT:

Big O,

Remember this classic comment from Steve Spurrier, "You can't spell 'Citrus' without 'UT,'"

I think he also said, "You can't spell 'Knowing you'll be spending another bowl season at home watching everybody else play in bowl games,' without 'UK.'"

Actually, why would he ever say that? Nobody would, because nobody cares about UK football -- not even UK.

Vol43 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Of Course!

Well, I hope you guys will have a little mercy on us and don't make it look too bad. He he.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to SevenT:

Of Course!

Good for you. You've got the guts to go watch the beatdown your mildcats are going to receive.

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