Vols' offense has Jim Chaney smiling

Coordinator notes growth of run game

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calls to his players during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

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Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calls to his players during practice at Science Hill High School's Steve Spurrier Field in Kermit Tipton Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

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ELIZABETHTON — Jim Chaney didn't skip across the Milligan College practice fields Tuesday, nor was he was whistling a tune as he held court with reporters.

But the Tennessee offensive coordinator was in such remarkably high spirits that it was impossible not to notice.

"It's a wonderful day," he said.

He was talking about the weather, but he might as well have been speaking about his roster. Junior quarterback Tyler Bray has had a solid camp — "We haven't been yelling at each other as much lately," Chaney said — and the offensive line seems to have gelled quickly. But the most dramatic difference is that the Vols have some semblance of a running game, albeit a fledgling, unproven one.

"Are we the greatest running team in football history? No, but I think we're improved," Chaney said.

All this good news carries the risk of inflated expectations. After all, this is camp. Coaches aren't supposed to be upbeat. They're supposed to harp on small details and view disaster around every corner.

Chaney offered plenty of cautions. The Vols need to develop depth, particularly if injuries strike. The running backs are untested. And there are still 17 days until kickoff.

All that said, Chaney's still smiling.

"I have to say," he said, "I'm in a pretty good frame of mind right now,"

Although Tennessee's running backs are still in flux, Chaney cautiously offered some details on the pecking order. If the season started today, he said, junior Rajion Neal and sophomore Devrin Young would be atop the depth chart.

"That's (coach Derek Dooley's) decision, but that would be my recommendation to him," Chaney said.

Neal rushed for 134 yards on nine carries, including a 68-yard touchdown in Saturday's scrimmage. He's played in 21 games the past two seasons, but has never been a primary ball-carrier. Young, a former standout at Bearden High School, was primarily a kickoff returner in 2011.

Sophomore Marlin Lane also has played well at times and could still make a move before camp ends, Chaney said.

Running backs coach Jay Graham said he was pleased but not entirely satisfied with Neal's scrimmage performance.

"He's been really consistent mentally," Graham said. "I tell him every day, 'You've got to work to get better.' He's done that so far."

As for Bray, Chaney said he hasn't shielded the quarterback from shouldering high expectations.

"Expectations are through the roof with that young man, and I think he's a wonderful football player," Chaney said. "Anytime he comes out and underachieves, he should feel bad about that. He's pretty conscious of that, and that hasn't happened a lot."

Bray, like the rest of the offense, is more mature and receptive to criticism. "(Heck), I haven't changed," Chaney said.

Even with this summer's apparent progress, there's ample room for improvement. Tennessee's offense was ranked 104th in the nation last year, dragged down by a running game that was ranked 116th of 120 FBS teams.

Expectations are comparatively modest. Any help for the passing game to balance the offense would be a bonus.

"There hasn't been a perfect practice yet, so I continue to strive for that, but it's much better than it has been," Chaney said.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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BigOrangeFreak writes:

I'm sorry. 1st!

(Not much going on in life for me right now, unfortunately.)

jjsteel writes:

in response to BigOrangeFreak:

I'm sorry. 1st!

(Not much going on in life for me right now, unfortunately.)

Well get out and do something, and get stuff going on. Make it happen.

MurfVol77 writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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go get back under your rock...

orangecountyvols writes:

Evan,

Pretty good articles lately. Good job.

Say Vols, what is the cry baby Scribble-leave saying these days? Since I don't give him the time of day reading his whiny posts, I just see where he's posting, so assume nothing with him has changed. He's still griping, whining, struggling, etc.

Coach Dooley basically owns his mind and there's nothing the whiny Jeff can do about it. Our game plan with this cry baby is to hit remove..........and if Lail doesn't choose to do this ( to clean up the site ) well, just scroll over Jeff-leave's comments.

Go Vols......we ( Vol fans ) are behind you.

laraccoon writes:

hopefully Chaney will still be smiling a few games into the schedule , right now really dont mean much . GBO

VolinCalif writes:

in response to MurfVol77:

go get back under your rock...

Mur get it right!
It wasn't a rock it was a Cow Patty.

lstbodeanvol writes:

Any news on Jacob Carter ??? He had a great spring for the Big O hope he is continuing to work hard this fall ...Go Vols !!!!!!!!

therightstuff writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

GTS.....amazing how quickly some have forgotten. The University of Tennessee head football coach, Derek Dooley came into a program that was in total disarray. GTS, the big name, hot hires were not beating the door down to walk the sidelines of Shields-Watkins field in the confines of Neyland Stadium. Some of those "sexy hires" are not doing so great either....Muschamp, Edsall, Kelly, etc. As far as the assistants leaving....1st, Coach Dooley had to hire on the fly. 2nd, maybe they realized the SEC was way too much to handle...say Wilcox. Coach Jim Chaney chose to stay. Coach Chaney had offers to go elsewhere yet, he has the Vols to stay and see the rebuilding through. Is Coach Dooley the future of Tennessee football? Only time will tell us. If he is not, whoever follows him will find a much, much solid program than what Coach Dooley found. Coach Dooley has done an impressive job upgrading the roster and assembling a solid staff who want to be here. Think back to where the program was just a few short years ago.....only one coach, maybe, could have done better and he is coaching the University of Alabama. So there....
Go Vols! VFL!

The_Ghost_of_Neyland writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

At least go bathe or slap your monkey around or something...life is too short to be so bitter.

Huttdawg100 writes:

I don't see too many defensive backfields being able to match up man on man with our receivers. You can't double team all three plus Rivera. Defenses are gonna have to go nickel/ dime vs our 3 wide receiver sets. If they do that, they're giving up the size needed to stop the run. This might get ugly for some defensive coordinators out there.

I really appreciate the positive tone of KNS here lately.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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Woooop -EEEEE
Rock I do like your reasoning.
Vols 10-2
Vols 35 NCS 14

PUL4VOLS writes:

I am just ready for Aug. 31st and we get on with life. We need to run the ball but our passing attack should set it up. So bring it on we are getting there fast. Only 17 days to go.

sidwalkvol writes:

GTS--just GEAUX A-WAY. The funny thing about your one-note, unclever scribbling, was voiced by Wil Wheaton in an episode of Big Bang Theory, as he pointed to Sheldon's forehead and said, "I live rent-free right there." CDD lives rent-free in your dreams, and if the team proves to be decent, he will only vex you more. Hilarious.

freevol writes:

in response to therightstuff:

GTS.....amazing how quickly some have forgotten. The University of Tennessee head football coach, Derek Dooley came into a program that was in total disarray. GTS, the big name, hot hires were not beating the door down to walk the sidelines of Shields-Watkins field in the confines of Neyland Stadium. Some of those "sexy hires" are not doing so great either....Muschamp, Edsall, Kelly, etc. As far as the assistants leaving....1st, Coach Dooley had to hire on the fly. 2nd, maybe they realized the SEC was way too much to handle...say Wilcox. Coach Jim Chaney chose to stay. Coach Chaney had offers to go elsewhere yet, he has the Vols to stay and see the rebuilding through. Is Coach Dooley the future of Tennessee football? Only time will tell us. If he is not, whoever follows him will find a much, much solid program than what Coach Dooley found. Coach Dooley has done an impressive job upgrading the roster and assembling a solid staff who want to be here. Think back to where the program was just a few short years ago.....only one coach, maybe, could have done better and he is coaching the University of Alabama. So there....
Go Vols! VFL!

great truthful comment

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Woooop -EEEEE
Rock I do like your reasoning.
Vols 10-2
Vols 35 NCS 14

Sorry I can’t agree with your estimate, with our O. Line the big three WR's, and a running game that appears to be fixed I think we will score a lot more than 35.

The new 3-4 Defense with the Big three trees up front, four shut down LB’s and what appears to be a very good secondary I don’t see the Wolf pack scoring 14.

The wolf Pack has 1 great CB again one can’t cover three all world WR's.

The Wolf packs running game last year averaged 3.0 yards per carry and 105 per game. Their offensive line gave up 38 sacks. The Wolf Pack didn’t play in the SEC and didn’t play the 1,2 and 3 ranked teams in a 4 week period. If they had their stats would have been a lot worst.

Tennessee, last game average 2.8 yards per carry and allowed 18 sacks. The average rushing yards-per-game were 90, and played the best defenses in the country, Bama and LSU back to back.

So you might want to go back and reevaluate your scoring prediction.

RaineyVol writes:

Why do people waste their time signing up for this forum the hate UT? I will never understand... sucks to be them I guess

frblalack writes:

Congratulations to KNS for keeping some of the naysayers off the website!

As for Coach Chaney, you'd better believe he's smiling. Why not? We could have the BEST offense in the SEC! And of course that means, we could have the BEST offense in the Country!!!

Really like the progress of Justin Worley! We all know Tyler Bray is the first or second best quarterback in the SEC...with Murray or Wilson third. But Worley is an awesome back-up, and there won't be a huge drop-off should TB get injured. I'm also a huge fan of Nathan Peterman; he's got NFL talent written all over him. We simply need more PT for both of these back-up qb's.

And lastly, if Devrin Young doesn't see the field regularly, then I would have to question Chaney. Neal SHOULD be great; if not it's YOUNG. And this kid DY is the real deal!!! We are about to be the UT of old! Hold on Vols...I see the future Bright O!!!

VolGrad writes:

The trolls and malcontents have been told the facts over and over. It isn't worth the time and effort to correct them. They won't take correction. They are stuck in a rut from which they do not wish to be elevated.

For the rest of us who would like to draw our own objective conclusions... I offer today's Vol Report:

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-foot...

Enjoy!

TheVolSnake writes:

Sorry I for got to add my prediction on my previous post.

To take the example even future of quality of opponents Last year Tennessee's schedule ranked No. 7 most difficult in the nation, while NC State's ranked No. 71. According to the Schedule rankings for 2011 (Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview, page 327)

I say the Vol’s score 45 and hold the Wolfpack to 10

I know I am optimistic but I have seen dramatic improvement across the board from last year and for this game we should have everyone healthy. We have depth in most positions, and a massive amount of experience and a new aggressive attitude.

fearthehound writes:

in response to therightstuff:

GTS.....amazing how quickly some have forgotten. The University of Tennessee head football coach, Derek Dooley came into a program that was in total disarray. GTS, the big name, hot hires were not beating the door down to walk the sidelines of Shields-Watkins field in the confines of Neyland Stadium. Some of those "sexy hires" are not doing so great either....Muschamp, Edsall, Kelly, etc. As far as the assistants leaving....1st, Coach Dooley had to hire on the fly. 2nd, maybe they realized the SEC was way too much to handle...say Wilcox. Coach Jim Chaney chose to stay. Coach Chaney had offers to go elsewhere yet, he has the Vols to stay and see the rebuilding through. Is Coach Dooley the future of Tennessee football? Only time will tell us. If he is not, whoever follows him will find a much, much solid program than what Coach Dooley found. Coach Dooley has done an impressive job upgrading the roster and assembling a solid staff who want to be here. Think back to where the program was just a few short years ago.....only one coach, maybe, could have done better and he is coaching the University of Alabama. So there....
Go Vols! VFL!

Rightstuff, you just wasted a whole lot of words on a slimy troll. It has many screen names and it is just jacked up right now because you showed it some attention. Please try not to feed the slimy troll. Otherwise, it might not go away.

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Will hold my comments until
Sept. 15.

lyafarre writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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I agree with everything you wrote. The only lingering concern I have is about the QB position if Bray were to get injured. I haven't heard much about the progress there.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to VolGrad:

The trolls and malcontents have been told the facts over and over. It isn't worth the time and effort to correct them. They won't take correction. They are stuck in a rut from which they do not wish to be elevated.

For the rest of us who would like to draw our own objective conclusions... I offer today's Vol Report:

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-foot...

Enjoy!

Thanks

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to lyafarre:

I agree with everything you wrote. The only lingering concern I have is about the QB position if Bray were to get injured. I haven't heard much about the progress there.

Worley has been doing a great job during both spring and Fall Practices and has come a long ways. From all accounts (Reports, players and coaches) he is much better than last year and understand the offense.

Peterman was injured (Sprained finger) during spring practice but has been doing a good job in the fall camp but is still learning the offense.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'd say your significant other probably feels the same way about you, but then it occurred to me that you'd have to take a long enough break from trolling to actually have an SO. So much for that theory

VolGrad writes:

in response to lyafarre:

I agree with everything you wrote. The only lingering concern I have is about the QB position if Bray were to get injured. I haven't heard much about the progress there.

Try these comments on for size....

Jim Chaney on Justin Worley:
"I think Justin is figuring out what type of quarterback he is. He is a rhythm-throwing football player that we really enjoy when he stays in rhythm. We are trying to force him to work on some weaknesses and he is aware of those and constantly working on them. I like a kid when you tell him his weaknesses that he goes to work on them and that is what Worley is doing right now and he's doing it at a really good rate. When he is out there and he is playing he is performing at a good rate and not making mistakes. That's all you ask for from a quarterback. I'm tickled to death with how Justin is performing and I think he is going to be a really good football player."

Jim Chaney on the quarterbacks:
"I love that quarterback room. I think there are good kids in there that can all play at a high level of football and I'm glad they are in our room."

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

I don't see too many defensive backfields being able to match up man on man with our receivers. You can't double team all three plus Rivera. Defenses are gonna have to go nickel/ dime vs our 3 wide receiver sets. If they do that, they're giving up the size needed to stop the run. This might get ugly for some defensive coordinators out there.

I really appreciate the positive tone of KNS here lately.

Agreed, and this new scribe, Woodbery, is doing a good job. He has some style to his writing, and he's doing a balanced job of it. Not blowing too much sunshine up our you-know-where, but also not dwelling on the negatives of the past (like some writers around here do).

VolzsFan writes:

in response to therightstuff:

GTS.....amazing how quickly some have forgotten. The University of Tennessee head football coach, Derek Dooley came into a program that was in total disarray. GTS, the big name, hot hires were not beating the door down to walk the sidelines of Shields-Watkins field in the confines of Neyland Stadium. Some of those "sexy hires" are not doing so great either....Muschamp, Edsall, Kelly, etc. As far as the assistants leaving....1st, Coach Dooley had to hire on the fly. 2nd, maybe they realized the SEC was way too much to handle...say Wilcox. Coach Jim Chaney chose to stay. Coach Chaney had offers to go elsewhere yet, he has the Vols to stay and see the rebuilding through. Is Coach Dooley the future of Tennessee football? Only time will tell us. If he is not, whoever follows him will find a much, much solid program than what Coach Dooley found. Coach Dooley has done an impressive job upgrading the roster and assembling a solid staff who want to be here. Think back to where the program was just a few short years ago.....only one coach, maybe, could have done better and he is coaching the University of Alabama. So there....
Go Vols! VFL!

1. Hammy is responsible for making this program is disarray.
2. The great coaches out there would not touch UT. Why? They did not like the way a legend was treated. I know that from many of their mouths. Also, you do not follow a legend. Finally, UT has no recruiting base and that is becoming more evident by the year as we spiral into another 500 year with many more to come.

3. The assistants all hate DD. He is as arrogant as Saban with no record. They know this ship will sink in a year or two and they did not want to go down with it. Even his "boy" bolted. Wilcox is a very good coach and will continue to prove it. The SEC has nothing to do with that. BTW, Chaney tried but got no offers as an O-coord.

4. A few short years ago we where coming off the greatest era in school history. An average of 9.5 wins per year in 11 game seasons. Winning 10+ per year in 9 of 16 seasons. 2007 we where in the SEC title game. What was once known as a decent job with no talent base and a big stadium became one that actually was relevant in more than attendance figures. Now we are back to pre-1990 levels.

How the young and dumb do not know the true UT history.

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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Lol 5-7..... Have you even seen the schedule????????

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to therightstuff:

GTS.....amazing how quickly some have forgotten. The University of Tennessee head football coach, Derek Dooley came into a program that was in total disarray. GTS, the big name, hot hires were not beating the door down to walk the sidelines of Shields-Watkins field in the confines of Neyland Stadium. Some of those "sexy hires" are not doing so great either....Muschamp, Edsall, Kelly, etc. As far as the assistants leaving....1st, Coach Dooley had to hire on the fly. 2nd, maybe they realized the SEC was way too much to handle...say Wilcox. Coach Jim Chaney chose to stay. Coach Chaney had offers to go elsewhere yet, he has the Vols to stay and see the rebuilding through. Is Coach Dooley the future of Tennessee football? Only time will tell us. If he is not, whoever follows him will find a much, much solid program than what Coach Dooley found. Coach Dooley has done an impressive job upgrading the roster and assembling a solid staff who want to be here. Think back to where the program was just a few short years ago.....only one coach, maybe, could have done better and he is coaching the University of Alabama. So there....
Go Vols! VFL!

Nice post. Nice to see someone with common sense on here for a change,but as for explaining things to geaux the dooleave troll,I wouldnt bother. I enjoyed reading a post from someone who has common sense though and doesnt act like a team can go from bad to great with a snap of a finger, it takes work.
GBO

therightstuff writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

1. Hammy is responsible for making this program is disarray.
2. The great coaches out there would not touch UT. Why? They did not like the way a legend was treated. I know that from many of their mouths. Also, you do not follow a legend. Finally, UT has no recruiting base and that is becoming more evident by the year as we spiral into another 500 year with many more to come.

3. The assistants all hate DD. He is as arrogant as Saban with no record. They know this ship will sink in a year or two and they did not want to go down with it. Even his "boy" bolted. Wilcox is a very good coach and will continue to prove it. The SEC has nothing to do with that. BTW, Chaney tried but got no offers as an O-coord.

4. A few short years ago we where coming off the greatest era in school history. An average of 9.5 wins per year in 11 game seasons. Winning 10+ per year in 9 of 16 seasons. 2007 we where in the SEC title game. What was once known as a decent job with no talent base and a big stadium became one that actually was relevant in more than attendance figures. Now we are back to pre-1990 levels.

How the young and dumb do not know the true UT history.

Hmmmm....I don't recall saying who was the cause of the program being in disarray, just that the program was in disarray. Also, that was just a few short years ago....doesn't matter that we were coming of the greatest era in school history, the program was in disarray. You really think coaches wouldn't come here because the way a legend was treated? Really? Oh, which legend are you talking about, Coach Fulmer or Coach Majors? I follow your reasoning in your response but, your last line? VFL

Snapshot writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I'm sure a bitter old man like you knows all about the unemployment line. Who would hire someone as negative and bitter as a fool like you?

moodyvol89 writes:

I feel very good about this team i new it would take a few years for Dooley to assemble his beast but it appears he is almost there. Im gonna go VOLS 50 NCS 10

CroKev writes:

Jim's chest is starting to look like mine...

Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

BolivrBob writes:

Pumped about the season but Chaney really could use a manssiere.....lol

gc_scvol writes:

Good job Evan. It's very refreshing to see an article that is both informative and well researched. Don't succumb to peer pressure and start writing like some of the reporters at KNS. They're not all bad, the bad ones know who they are. Keep up the good work !

underthehill writes:

in response to BolivrBob:

Pumped about the season but Chaney really could use a manssiere.....lol

Not a pretty picture for recruiting purposes..

SCVFL writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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If that were true, he would be sweating bullets right now wondering what he was going to do after being extricated.
It sounds more like a man that has confidence in his future.
I will admit that my verdict is still out on OC because he did not show me anything outside the box last year, but with the assistants he has now and a little more experience on the field, hopefully he will open up this year and show us that he is real.
Here are my IFs for what its worth(0-nothing)
IF 1 Vols can run for 125 per game
IF 2 Vols can stay health in defensive backfield
IF 3 Kicker and Punter can put together decent season
If all of that happens, Vols could be in a good spot for SECe. Do not think they are ready for SEC Champion, yet.
And IF 4 All the other things happen...recruiting will be in top 10.
Love me some VOL football
GO BIG RNG...VFL

Razzle writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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We know that you're scared to death, that the Vols will be good this year.

SouthPaVol writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Sorry I for got to add my prediction on my previous post.

To take the example even future of quality of opponents Last year Tennessee's schedule ranked No. 7 most difficult in the nation, while NC State's ranked No. 71. According to the Schedule rankings for 2011 (Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview, page 327)

I say the Vol’s score 45 and hold the Wolfpack to 10

I know I am optimistic but I have seen dramatic improvement across the board from last year and for this game we should have everyone healthy. We have depth in most positions, and a massive amount of experience and a new aggressive attitude.

VS, I too am optimistic about our season. I expect an emotional roller coaster this year, with expectations soaring after a couple of big wins. I expect surprising results as well, but have one need--to see our team play the entire game; every game. Show me we have depth; show me we have guts. When our players gave all they had on a single play, they take a deep breath and give all they have on the next play.

My left handed comment: no matter the 1st half results, I want to win the second half.

Southland writes:

we are all getting excited but remember 8-4 will be a pretty good season for us I wish for more but will be pretty excited to see us at 8-4. It will be a huge let down if we do any worse than that

Stringmusic writes:

Kind of surprised to see Lane as number 3 back..at times last year he was the most productive back and was getting half the overall carries..Young didn't run very successfully out of the I formation last year so something must have changed dramatically there..Young's speed is good but Lane was pretty good at committing to what few holes there were and knowing where to make his cut backs.Better than Poole and with more power..I don't care who runs it as long as they don't fumble and move the chains but as a freshman running behind a terrible bunch of run blockers Marlin exceeded expectations..

volfanlostnbama writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

I don't see too many defensive backfields being able to match up man on man with our receivers. You can't double team all three plus Rivera. Defenses are gonna have to go nickel/ dime vs our 3 wide receiver sets. If they do that, they're giving up the size needed to stop the run. This might get ugly for some defensive coordinators out there.

I really appreciate the positive tone of KNS here lately.

Thought I was going to meet Ethel yesterday (Fred Sanford reference for those who didn't catch it)...first guest on the Paul Finebaum show was John Adams on the inflated optimism for UT. Well, he dispelled the inflated part, legitimized the optimism & predicted TN to go 8 & 4 maybe even 9 & 3. Had to grab my chest for a moment as it skipped a few beats. Below is the link to the interview if interested.

http://podcasting.fia.net/6960/507351...

VolGrad writes:

in response to therightstuff:

Hmmmm....I don't recall saying who was the cause of the program being in disarray, just that the program was in disarray. Also, that was just a few short years ago....doesn't matter that we were coming of the greatest era in school history, the program was in disarray. You really think coaches wouldn't come here because the way a legend was treated? Really? Oh, which legend are you talking about, Coach Fulmer or Coach Majors? I follow your reasoning in your response but, your last line? VFL

Wasting time on that poser.

The few facts he does have are all way out of context. He makes other stuff up completely, especially regarding the assistants. And if he was privy to any "inside" information, I wouldn't trust his interpretation of that either. I may see things through orange-colored glasses, but he sees them through shattered ones.

There is plenty of evidence coming out of camp right now as well as via twitter from players and coaches that paint a very different picture of the development of this team, their attitudes and relationship with the coaches... ALL the coaches.

But he has a bone to pick. And he will continue to pick it despite evidence to the contrary. I don't suspect his tune would change if Tennessee went undefeated and un-scored upon this year. It would have to be because of some freak alignment of the stars, or one of the other coach's influence, or because he had put a hex on the other teams himself before each game.

Go Vols! Beat the Pack!! VFFL!!! (you can surmise what the extra F is for)

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt
Sometimes you have some of the most stupidest posts. Every team in the SEC plays lower teams (out of conference teams) every year take any team in the SEC and look at who they play and you will find the same type of teams being played.

Last year Tennessee's schedule ranked No. 7 most difficult in the nation. According to the Schedule rankings for 2011 (Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview, page 327) I or no one else heard you complaining about it last year. Now they don’t rank the schedule till the end of the year but the “experts ESPN, Steele and others) say that the Vols still don’t have the easiest schedule in the SEC that belongs to Georgia again followed by the Gators.

Now just for a point of reference:
These were Fulmer’s last two years:

2008 we were 5-7 and didn’t beat a ranked team and even lost to Wyoming who was 4-8 that year. So I guess even the HOF Coach can go 5-7 and he had a full team.

2007 we were 8-4 we did beat 12th ranked Georgia and 15th ranked SC, but were clobbered by the Gators 59 to 20.

You really need to stop being blinded by hate (Fulmer is not coming back) and start looking at what we have in both players and coaches and you will realize we are improved.

I am starting to think you are one of the paid posters because no one that claims to be a Marine and a UT grad could ever hate the team and coaches so bad unless they were paid.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

1. Hammy is responsible for making this program is disarray.
2. The great coaches out there would not touch UT. Why? They did not like the way a legend was treated. I know that from many of their mouths. Also, you do not follow a legend. Finally, UT has no recruiting base and that is becoming more evident by the year as we spiral into another 500 year with many more to come.

3. The assistants all hate DD. He is as arrogant as Saban with no record. They know this ship will sink in a year or two and they did not want to go down with it. Even his "boy" bolted. Wilcox is a very good coach and will continue to prove it. The SEC has nothing to do with that. BTW, Chaney tried but got no offers as an O-coord.

4. A few short years ago we where coming off the greatest era in school history. An average of 9.5 wins per year in 11 game seasons. Winning 10+ per year in 9 of 16 seasons. 2007 we where in the SEC title game. What was once known as a decent job with no talent base and a big stadium became one that actually was relevant in more than attendance figures. Now we are back to pre-1990 levels.

How the young and dumb do not know the true UT history.

It appears you don't know your history:

These were Fulmer’s last two years:

2008 we were 5-7 and didn’t beat a ranked team and even lost to Wyoming who was 4-8 that year. So I guess even the HOF Coach can go 5-7 and he had a full team he had recruited not one given to him.

31 arrests in a 17 month period from the end of the 2007 season and into the 2008 season.

2007 we were 8-4 we did beat 12th ranked Georgia and 15th ranked SC, but were clobbered by the Gators 59 to 20.

marnel1958 writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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Troll . . . Tired
Redneck
Old
Lonely
Loser !!!

crappieking writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

It appears you don't know your history:

These were Fulmer’s last two years:

2008 we were 5-7 and didn’t beat a ranked team and even lost to Wyoming who was 4-8 that year. So I guess even the HOF Coach can go 5-7 and he had a full team he had recruited not one given to him.

31 arrests in a 17 month period from the end of the 2007 season and into the 2008 season.

2007 we were 8-4 we did beat 12th ranked Georgia and 15th ranked SC, but were clobbered by the Gators 59 to 20.

Both of you're post a spot on.

Stringmusic writes:

in response to moodyvol89:

I feel very good about this team i new it would take a few years for Dooley to assemble his beast but it appears he is almost there. Im gonna go VOLS 50 NCS 10

Vols 50==State 10..no chance that happens in a opening game especially in Atlanta..I wouldn't be too quick to think we will dominate in this game..They return 14 starters and have a good senior qb and probably the best cb in the country..Also There coach has done nothing but win since he took over..To our favor though they were just as bad running the ball as us last year, don't have any quality WR's and have no returning LB's..Given how good things are going in our fall camp we should win this game but 50 to 10, no way

VolGrad writes:

David-Ricky: Getting my mind right before this two a day...

Expecting big things from Da'Rick this year with Hunter and CP on the field. Maybe he'll pull a Joey Kent on the first play against Bama this year.

Go Vols!

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