Cordarrelle Patterson adjusting his speed

Patterson doing his best to get up to speed

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Tennessee coach Derek Dooley watches wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson attempt to haul in a pass during practice at Milligan College on Wednesday.

DAVID CRIGGER/BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Tennessee coach Derek Dooley watches wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson attempt to haul in a pass during practice at Milligan College on Wednesday.

Tennessee's final day of practice at Milligan College

ELIZABETHTON — In the early days of camp, Cordarrelle Patterson stood out by gliding around the field and making graceful catches. Now he stands out because he wears a garish red jersey.

Patterson, a celebrated junior college receiver who coaches hope can make an immediate impact on Tennessee's offense, spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since his arrival this summer. He made two points clear:

First, his name's pronounced cor-DARE-uhl, although he's happy to go by "C.P."

Second, he plans to ditch the red non-contact jersey as soon as possible.

"Oh, I'm trying to get out of it by tomorrow," he said. "I was telling the trainers, 'There's no use in me having this, because people are still trying to hit you.' "

A sprained shoulder has kept Patterson in red and prevented him from sustaining the most punishing hits from defensive backs, but it hasn't stopped him from catching passes or preparing mentally for what he hopes will be an important role alongside veterans Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.

"He's not 100 percent, but he's getting there," said coach Derek Dooley. "The last couple of practices, you noticed him. The first 10 or so, he was just swimming. It's just learning how to play fast, and it's hard to play fast when you're not sure what to do."

Playing fast — that is, playing instinctively and naturally rather than pausing to process information — has been Patterson's toughest adjustment from junior college.

"The first couple days there was just so much going at me. I didn't understand a lot," Patterson said. "I'm listening more. I'm paying attention to Justin and Da'Rick. It's just coming slowly."

Patterson prepped at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., where he was teammates with current UT backup quarterback Justin Worley. Patterson never qualified academically and never formally committed to a college.

He went to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he put up numbers that only raised his recruiting profile. He was the Jayhawk Conference offensive player of the year in 2011 after catching 61 passes for 924 yards and 15 touchdowns. Two of the major recruiting services rated him a five-star prospect.

Patterson took visits to Auburn, Georgia Ole Miss and LSU in addition to Tennessee, but settled on the Vols in a decision that wasn't announced until National Signing Day.

He was recruited by receivers coach Darin Hinshaw, one of two holdovers from last year's staff, who is now tasked with getting him ready for the season.

"His understanding of the offense has gotten a lot better," Hinshaw said. "He's an older newcomer, coming in as a junior, so he has more maturity and he's learning at a higher rate. He understands football really well."

Even so, the complexities of coordinator Jim Chaney's offense have proved challenging. Patterson said he was used to looking at a wristband, but now has to memorize sideline signals.

Dooley said Patterson's natural talent is a given, but getting him ready to contribute at this level requires more than that.

"It's a big difference going out there and saying, 'You against him' and it's a fade or a slant. If the game was always like that it would be real easy," Dooley said. "The challenge for him is learning the offense, learning how to recognize coverages and adapting to what they do to stop him.

"We have to do a good job as coaches to bring him along and keep him in the mix without overwhelming him. That's going to be the challenge."

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

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ThaiVolFan writes:

The upcoming Florida win has been a log time coming...i understand the learning curve...just as long as he is ready to apply the pressure of 3 dominant receivers on the Gators. Our win that day will b the beginning of a different season. C.P. will b ready by then!
Go Vols!

tree_em_smokey writes:

Ol CP will start contributing on a regular, reliable basis around the middle of the season. Too much too learn and adjust to the SEC. He will get it and when he does we will look like Texas Tech a couple years ago airing it out.

Most definately will help our run game too!

I am happy positive news is floating around like pollen these days!

We go 9-3!

TheVolSnake writes:

Here is the write up on C.P.

C. Patterson a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, the blue-chip receiver from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Patterson proved his physical talents with Hutchinson's track team this spring, recording a 10.33-second 100-meter dash time and a long jump of nearly 22 feet.

In football last fall, he ran for 390 yards and six touchdowns on 32 carries, caught 61 passes for 924 yards and 15 receiving touchdowns and the kick return facet of Patterson's game may be the most astounding averaged 51 yards on 10 kickoff returns with three touchdowns. All of this helped Patterson accumulate 1,686 all-purpose yards for the Blue Dragons this season.

He averaged a whopping 17.6 yards per touch.

The sophomore wide receiver was a two-time NJCAA All-American and set 13 school records while playing for Hutchinson Community College. Patterson’s career records include: Total receptions (113), Total receiving yards (1,832), career receiving touchdowns (24), and career overall touchdowns (36), career points (216), career kickoff return average (41.9) and all-purpose yards (3,379).

Scouts write up on him: A big, strong target who is a mismatch waiting to happen on the outside because of his ability to go over smaller receivers, Patterson has prototype size and leaping ability. He's a bully on the outside, and that's meant in a good way. He attacks defensive backs with the ball in his hands, and with his long strides, he's deceptively fast. His size and skill make him a difficult cover.

Look for him on Kick returns he averaged 51 yards per return and had three returns for TD's last year.

iowavol writes:

Looking forward to watching him on Saturdays, hopefully for two more years, but not likely.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to tree_em_smokey:

Ol CP will start contributing on a regular, reliable basis around the middle of the season. Too much too learn and adjust to the SEC. He will get it and when he does we will look like Texas Tech a couple years ago airing it out.

Most definately will help our run game too!

I am happy positive news is floating around like pollen these days!

We go 9-3!

No! No! He.. No! We go 10-2 plus a bowel.
Vols 35 NCS 14

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

WOW! Bristol Herald Courier is getting some love in the News Sentinel? That may be a first in fifty years? KNS just made the year for the BHC!

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to WetumpkaThumpa:

WOW! Bristol Herald Courier is getting some love in the News Sentinel? That may be a first in fifty years? KNS just made the year for the BHC!

Just realized it was a photo by David Crigger. That's still the biggest news in these parts since the Saturday performance by Mumford and Sons.

keepitreal4vols writes:

A new article about UT football.....watch out, here comes the troll patrol.

bigsteve92 writes:

lets not get to hype about him yet. we all remember the last huge juco guy that was suppose to have a huge impact. matt sims. lets see how he does in games first then we can jump on the wagon lol

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to ThaiVolFan:

The upcoming Florida win has been a log time coming...i understand the learning curve...just as long as he is ready to apply the pressure of 3 dominant receivers on the Gators. Our win that day will b the beginning of a different season. C.P. will b ready by then!
Go Vols!

Same mantra, different year..LOL

UF is 4-deep at corner with the same guys who locked-up UT's WR's last year. Add stud safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans to the equation and you can expect more of the same; Gator db's with their hands on alot of Bray passes. Also, Muschamp will bring the heat from a crazy good defense. You musta forgot last year when Bray got tossed around like a 170lb scarecrow.

Eight, straight!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Same mantra, different year..LOL

UF is 4-deep at corner with the same guys who locked-up UT's WR's last year. Add stud safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans to the equation and you can expect more of the same; Gator db's with their hands on alot of Bray passes. Also, Muschamp will bring the heat from a crazy good defense. You musta forgot last year when Bray got tossed around like a 170lb scarecrow.

Eight, straight!

Last year we essentially had only one good receiver since Hunter went down early. This year we'll have 3 studs out there as well as a good tight end. It will be an air raid in K-town.

Muschump goes 6-6 and gets handed his walking papers... write it down!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to FearTheVols1252:

Last year we essentially had only one good receiver since Hunter went down early. This year we'll have 3 studs out there as well as a good tight end. It will be an air raid in K-town.

Muschump goes 6-6 and gets handed his walking papers... write it down!

Read closely: you have to have more than a few good or even great players in the SEC. You need to have great coaching and great depth.

For every "good" receiver you have, UF has two equally talented db's waiting to cover him. You also have Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic at LB waiting to decapitate anyone coming across the middle. You also have a ridiculous d-line with 2 new 5-star DE's added to the equation. By the way, so does Bama, so does UGA, SC, LSU, etc..

That's why this UT team went 1-7 in the SEC last year. But hope springs eternal.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Read closely: you have to have more than a few good or even great players in the SEC. You need to have great coaching and great depth.

For every "good" receiver you have, UF has two equally talented db's waiting to cover him. You also have Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic at LB waiting to decapitate anyone coming across the middle. You also have a ridiculous d-line with 2 new 5-star DE's added to the equation. By the way, so does Bama, so does UGA, SC, LSU, etc..

That's why this UT team went 1-7 in the SEC last year. But hope springs eternal.

They were giving Hunter and Rogers a 12-14 yard cushion. You could see that they'd been coached to not let anything get behind them. They held Rogers every play. Literally, every play, they had a hand full of jersey. That was just one NFL wide receiver. What's gonna happen against three? Make no mistakes about it, Rogers was a grown man against better SEC defenses last year. He torched Honey Badger, and Mathieu didn't show up again until LSU vs Arkansas late in the season. And some will argue that Rogers is the 3rd best receiver on our team!

That UF defense is gonna be good. They got a lot of talent coming back. But then again, we've got NFL talent all over our offense: Bray, Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, Rivera, Tiny, Neal, Dallas, JJ. Most of those guys will be picked early. We're gonna score. Period.

The question is: will Florida be able to walk "The Green Mile" aka Daniel McCullers? Daniel McCullers is the reason Bourque is in Louisiana right now. If Driskel is hurting now, wait until he meets "The Green Mile" and goes for the ride.

laraccoon writes:

wow , all that 5 star talent dip above described at Fl. and they only went 6-6 . sounds like good coaching to me . tee

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

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While I don't think UT will win more than 7 or 8 games this year (and I hope they win 9-10), you really need to get a grip on reality if you think Florida will be much better. Please tell me, how do ya'll intend on scoring points this year?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

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How does a kid from Maryville become a Gayta fan?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

One thing for sure is that we'll need our kicking game to kick in against Florida. Especially filed goals. we'll get a few touchdowns and I think our defense will give us the ball plenty. Our running game should help control the game. Long drives.

At least I hope so.

GO BIG ORANGE VOLS!

usafvol writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Same mantra, different year..LOL

UF is 4-deep at corner with the same guys who locked-up UT's WR's last year. Add stud safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans to the equation and you can expect more of the same; Gator db's with their hands on alot of Bray passes. Also, Muschamp will bring the heat from a crazy good defense. You musta forgot last year when Bray got tossed around like a 170lb scarecrow.

Eight, straight!

Don't you have a walmart to be at?

ThaiVolFan writes:

i think we all know, how not only that game, but our entire season took a major downturn when Hunter went down against Florida. We all know how he must be chomping at the bit to get back out there on that type of stage and show what was about to happen in the swamp last year. I'd expect most Gator fans on here to be over confident, heck i would be too if we had that long of a win streak on them, but lets just go play the game. Everyone knows we finally have the depth, talent at skill positions and confidence to not only turn this tear around but to win the big games this year. The streak ends this year and the Vols will begin to show the college football world, Wide Receiver U has returned!
I'll hand up and listen

ThaiVolFan writes:

in response to HOW_BOUT_DEM_COWBOYS:

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after this year you and your only friend will run back into the shadows

Stringmusic writes:

We're probably going to see tons of fade routes on first and goal. Patterson and Hunter will be pretty unstoppable as long as Bray can throw a decent pass in the end zone..Hands down we have the best WR's in the SEC and should do well as long as Chaney doesn't mess it up with more bone head play calling....As far as all these Gator trolls are concerned; they better be worried about what Sumlin and A&M are going to do to the gators all world secondary..Sumlin is going to air it out and those boys will be getting oxygen on the sideline...The Gators will not get their customary 3 weeks to prepare for UT this year..Muschamp is well aware he could be walking into a Texas chainsaw massacre..Can't remember the last time the Gators opened with 2 SEC road games

volvann writes:

in response to ThaiVolFan:

after this year you and your only friend will run back into the shadows

TVF, he is HBDM and others are not Gator fans, the are bandwaggers. Once UT starts winning this year they will hop ship. Someone had to set up the Govols link on a shortcut for them so they had some reading to fill the 24 hour void in their day. They haven't figured out how to get to the UF sites yet...

Stringmusic writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Same mantra, different year..LOL

UF is 4-deep at corner with the same guys who locked-up UT's WR's last year. Add stud safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans to the equation and you can expect more of the same; Gator db's with their hands on alot of Bray passes. Also, Muschamp will bring the heat from a crazy good defense. You musta forgot last year when Bray got tossed around like a 170lb scarecrow.

Eight, straight!

What a stupid comment!!!The only way the Gators could be 4 deep at 2 CB positions is if they suit up the water boy...No team could have 8 CB's on their roster

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to HOW_BOUT_DEM_COWBOYS:

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lots of bandwagon fans in Murville

laraccoon writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

They were giving Hunter and Rogers a 12-14 yard cushion. You could see that they'd been coached to not let anything get behind them. They held Rogers every play. Literally, every play, they had a hand full of jersey. That was just one NFL wide receiver. What's gonna happen against three? Make no mistakes about it, Rogers was a grown man against better SEC defenses last year. He torched Honey Badger, and Mathieu didn't show up again until LSU vs Arkansas late in the season. And some will argue that Rogers is the 3rd best receiver on our team!

That UF defense is gonna be good. They got a lot of talent coming back. But then again, we've got NFL talent all over our offense: Bray, Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, Rivera, Tiny, Neal, Dallas, JJ. Most of those guys will be picked early. We're gonna score. Period.

The question is: will Florida be able to walk "The Green Mile" aka Daniel McCullers? Daniel McCullers is the reason Bourque is in Louisiana right now. If Driskel is hurting now, wait until he meets "The Green Mile" and goes for the ride.

hey Hutt can you elaborate on the Bourque/McCullers incident ?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Stringmusic:

What a stupid comment!!!The only way the Gators could be 4 deep at 2 CB positions is if they suit up the water boy...No team could have 8 CB's on their roster

little zz never lets the truth get in the way of his posts

Jakevol writes:

Vols must take care of NCSU first. Per CLT Observer today, NCSU Coach O'Brien feels their O-Line is the best it's been since he arrived in Raleigh. Stating, their big like NFL players I had at Boston College. NCSU last year ranked 109 national rushing, while Tn. ranked 116.
Go Vols,

PUL4VOLS writes:

I just want to see our team out there and ready to make some noise. Before we beat Florida, there is some other bidness to take care of; like NCST in Atlanta in 15 days. Let's try to take the games wins or losses, 1 at a time be4 we go making all projections and predictions. One big factor will be how much we can improve on both sides of the ball from week to week. I'm hoping that is a lot. GO VOLS!
PS If we are Bourgeless for whatever reasons, life has to go on. But I wanted to see what he could do in Orange and White.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to laraccoon:

hey Hutt can you elaborate on the Bourque/McCullers incident ?

Rumor is:

McCullers is a freak of nature. I'm not talking about Mt. Cody, Glenn Davis. I'm talking a new breed of nose tackle/ defensive tackle. 360 lbs of muscle. No flab. He's been hammering guys. The offensive line is catching h*ll trying to block him. That's why Pittman named him "The Green Mile", referencing the book/movie.

Well, apparently, Bourque had to walk the green mile about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I heard he got "trucked" by McCullers in a drill or during practice snaps. That's when the rumors about his issues with his neck/ shoulder started. That hit, coupled with Jay Graham pushing Bourque pretty hard, has led to Bourque not going to Milligan with the rest of the team.

Dooley has significantly changed our defensive line in 2 years. Couch, Sentimore, and McCullers are about to terrorize some folks. We hadn't had a defensive line like this since Haynesworth and Henderson.

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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I don't like "Broadway Bray". I'm going with "Bray K 47".

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Jakevol:

Vols must take care of NCSU first. Per CLT Observer today, NCSU Coach O'Brien feels their O-Line is the best it's been since he arrived in Raleigh. Stating, their big like NFL players I had at Boston College. NCSU last year ranked 109 national rushing, while Tn. ranked 116.
Go Vols,

You forgot to look at why the Wolf Pack was higher than us, you have to look at who they played and the defenses they went against.

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.

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)

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.

If the Wolfpack had to play SEC teams and the same defenses the VOL to too, they would have ranked somewhere around 119th in rushing.

Pompey writes:

in response to HOW_BOUT_DEM_COWBOYS:

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HOW_BOUT_DEM_COWBOYS....my answer: NOT IMPRESSED!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

They were giving Hunter and Rogers a 12-14 yard cushion. You could see that they'd been coached to not let anything get behind them. They held Rogers every play. Literally, every play, they had a hand full of jersey. That was just one NFL wide receiver. What's gonna happen against three? Make no mistakes about it, Rogers was a grown man against better SEC defenses last year. He torched Honey Badger, and Mathieu didn't show up again until LSU vs Arkansas late in the season. And some will argue that Rogers is the 3rd best receiver on our team!

That UF defense is gonna be good. They got a lot of talent coming back. But then again, we've got NFL talent all over our offense: Bray, Hunter, Rogers, Patterson, Rivera, Tiny, Neal, Dallas, JJ. Most of those guys will be picked early. We're gonna score. Period.

The question is: will Florida be able to walk "The Green Mile" aka Daniel McCullers? Daniel McCullers is the reason Bourque is in Louisiana right now. If Driskel is hurting now, wait until he meets "The Green Mile" and goes for the ride.

UF had two int's, had another int nullified by a bogus penalty, and literally dropped 5 other easy int's. UT will not beat UF through the air, you're gonna need a run game. And that ain't happening against this UF front 7, no way, no how.

Florida wins this game about as easily as they did last year. And I appreciate you touting whoever this green mile nobody is, but has he even played a down of SEC football because I've never heard of him.

Good luck against NCState. That's probably who you should worry about at the moment.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to laraccoon:

wow , all that 5 star talent dip above described at Fl. and they only went 6-6 . sounds like good coaching to me . tee

UF went 7-6, see, even in "down" years, UF makes and wins bowl games.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to ThaiVolFan:

i think we all know, how not only that game, but our entire season took a major downturn when Hunter went down against Florida. We all know how he must be chomping at the bit to get back out there on that type of stage and show what was about to happen in the swamp last year. I'd expect most Gator fans on here to be over confident, heck i would be too if we had that long of a win streak on them, but lets just go play the game. Everyone knows we finally have the depth, talent at skill positions and confidence to not only turn this tear around but to win the big games this year. The streak ends this year and the Vols will begin to show the college football world, Wide Receiver U has returned!
I'll hand up and listen

I actually think Hunter will be tentative against UF. Hated seeing him get hurt last year, and I'm just not sure he has the stature and durability to last in the SEC. He looks skinny and frail. The sight of Matt Elam and Josh Evans bearing down on him might be more than he's ready for.

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to Stringmusic:

What a stupid comment!!!The only way the Gators could be 4 deep at 2 CB positions is if they suit up the water boy...No team could have 8 CB's on their roster

Sometimes I forget I'm talking to mouth breathers. Nobody said "four deep at both cb spots" but you. I said "4-deep at corner." That means 2 cb's per side, for those of us who actually breathe out of our nose on occasion, with our mouth closed.

FearTheVols1252 writes:

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Your OL was awful last year, so progress is TBD
RB's - unproven. Another question mark.
Brent Pease being an upgrade is still TBD
Minimal playmakers at WR
The starting QB hasn't even been determined, so comparing either one of them to Brantley is a little premature at this stage

6-6 and Muschump is walking. Defense will be good, but it will be on the field ALL DAY!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Read closely: you have to have more than a few good or even great players in the SEC. You need to have great coaching and great depth.

For every "good" receiver you have, UF has two equally talented db's waiting to cover him. You also have Jelani Jenkins and Jon Bostic at LB waiting to decapitate anyone coming across the middle. You also have a ridiculous d-line with 2 new 5-star DE's added to the equation. By the way, so does Bama, so does UGA, SC, LSU, etc..

That's why this UT team went 1-7 in the SEC last year. But hope springs eternal.

Funny you should mention great coaches when the jury is still out on Muschump

Correction – for every good receiver we have, UF has DB’s waiting to hold them

And yes, Bama, UGA, SC, and LSU all have great defenses. The difference between those teams and UF is that they actually have an offense to compliment the defense. You can’t win if you can’t put points on the board, nor can you win when your defense is on the field all day. The ability of your offense to produce points is still a MAJOR question mark.

I predict many 3-and-outs for UF this year. But hey, if we’re allowed to be delusional, certainly UF fans can be delusional as well.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

UF went 7-6, see, even in "down" years, UF makes and wins bowl games.

DbagCharlie...I cannot wait to see Little Willy Muskrat stroke out on the sideline and have to be carried off on a cart when the Vols go up by 3 scores! You may have to rush down on the field and give him some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

I never can remember, is it UF or FU? Troll

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

I actually think Hunter will be tentative against UF. Hated seeing him get hurt last year, and I'm just not sure he has the stature and durability to last in the SEC. He looks skinny and frail. The sight of Matt Elam and Josh Evans bearing down on him might be more than he's ready for.

Sure sounds like you would enjoy Matt Elam and Josh Evans bearing down on you, huh Dbag? Like all trolls, you are a few bricks shy of a load. Moron.

Vol43 writes:

in response to bigsteve92:

lets not get to hype about him yet. we all remember the last huge juco guy that was suppose to have a huge impact. matt sims. lets see how he does in games first then we can jump on the wagon lol

Too late Steve, I'm already on it!

TheVolSnake writes:

08/31/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) (Should be a Win) NC State has a top CB on D but not much else in the D. Backfield. NC State will find it very difficult to cover all the WR's the Vols will be throwing at them, to top that off They lost 4 LBs from 2011, two of which were 2nd Team All ACC caliber. As per Phil Steele, these guys were their #1, #4, #7 and #9 tacklers. , D.J. Green, their most experienced linebacker left on the roster, was declared academically ineligible for 2012. Fifth-year senior Sterling Lucas will lead the rebuilding unit. He has appeared in 36 career contests, but the other five linebackers on their depth chart combine for just 57 career snaps.

They return the core of their starters on both sides of the ball, except for one key area, linebacker. Depending on which report you want to use the Vols return 18 or 19 starters, one adds Lathers neither include Special teams players.

A key to the NC State is the dual threat QB, the Vols have had issues with this type of QB in the past. NC State had a nice 8-5 season last year with a bowl win, but their lone impressive victory was against a No. 7 Clemson team that tuckered out late in the year. NC State was also clobbered by Cincinnati that beat NC State 44-14, The Vols destroyed Cincinnati 45-23. This is the only team both the Vol’s and NC State played last year.

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). There is a very big difference in the defenses these teams faced.

NC State Head Coach Tom O'Brien Coach O'Brien feels their O-Line is the best it's been since he arrived in Raleigh. Stating, their big like NFL players I had at Boston College. On the surface, that sounds really good when you consider the great offensive lines O'Brien's Boston College teams had. Digging a little deeper, you will see the best line he has had at State (2008) only averaged 3.6 yards per carry and gave up 29 sacks.

TheVolSnake writes:

On the Wolf Pack’s third scrimmage
NC State rushed for 121 yards on 46 carries (I ran the numbers and this is a 0.45 yards per carry), and the quarterbacks combined to go 14-of-38 passing for 244 yards, one touchdown and one interception. NC State's defense came through with nine sacks.

"We took some bad sacks tonight in certain situations," O"Brien said. "That can't happen. Those are all things the young kids do.
"You are in situations where you have to run the ball, and the defense knows it. You are in situations on offense where you have to throw the ball, and the defense knows you have to throw the ball. The advantage most of the time is to the defense."

NC State displayed its punting unit, with an average of 36.3 yards on nine punts. O'Brien doesn't expect any kickoff situations during fall camp. The kickers went 2 of 3 with field goals from 32 yards and 35, and a miss from 53.

Now this was their third scrimmage and there was a lot of situational plays so a lot of the time the defense could have a good guess of what was coming.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

Sometimes I forget I'm talking to mouth breathers. Nobody said "four deep at both cb spots" but you. I said "4-deep at corner." That means 2 cb's per side, for those of us who actually breathe out of our nose on occasion, with our mouth closed.

Sorry DC, but "4-Deep" implies 4 levels or 4 strings at a single position. You should have said 2 deep at both CB positions.

Breathe deep the gathering gloom.

kazoo writes:

I hope CP has a BIG year--but he's likely to run a lot of wrong or bad routes for a while, unfortunately.

TheVolSnake writes:

Something I don’t understand about the Gators this year.

Last year the Gators were 7-6 (counting Bowl win) 3-5 in the SEC, had a middle of the road schedule for the SEC didn’t beat a Ranked team (they played 5). Now after losing their leading passer, leading rusher and second-leading receiver to the 2012 NFL draft, Florida isn't as loaded as usual.

John Brantley and Chris Rainey their leading offensive players last year are gone. Former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is gone, as well.

Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskell split passes behind the now departed starter John Brantley in 2011 evenly. They combined for two touchdowns, six interceptions and 1.16 yards per carry for supposedly mobile quarterbacks. They don't have a returning wide receiver that had more than 16 receptions last season. Their featured running back is senior Mike Gillislee, who has never had more than 328 yards rushing in a season or more than 84 in a game.

They have a new OC and still can’t decide on who is going to be their QB. Florida might succumb to the adage, "When you think you have two QBs, you actually have none."

Now the Gators have a great defense and could be in the top ten in the nation (3rd in the SEC), so I have no issues with the Defense.

The Gators have “Preseason” prediction the second easiest schedule just behind Georgia’s which has the easiest.

During the SEC Media days the ESPN analysts were talking about they didn’t know how the Gators were going to score on offense.

So now all this being said what I don’t understand is how everyone is ranking the Gators so high. But I guess we will find out when they play Texas A&M in week two. If they have any players left after that game we will see who has the best team in week three.

I know the Gator fans that come to this site are scared because why else would they come here daily.

Vol43 writes:
DeltaCharlie3 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Something I don’t understand about the Gators this year.

Last year the Gators were 7-6 (counting Bowl win) 3-5 in the SEC, had a middle of the road schedule for the SEC didn’t beat a Ranked team (they played 5). Now after losing their leading passer, leading rusher and second-leading receiver to the 2012 NFL draft, Florida isn't as loaded as usual.

John Brantley and Chris Rainey their leading offensive players last year are gone. Former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is gone, as well.

Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskell split passes behind the now departed starter John Brantley in 2011 evenly. They combined for two touchdowns, six interceptions and 1.16 yards per carry for supposedly mobile quarterbacks. They don't have a returning wide receiver that had more than 16 receptions last season. Their featured running back is senior Mike Gillislee, who has never had more than 328 yards rushing in a season or more than 84 in a game.

They have a new OC and still can’t decide on who is going to be their QB. Florida might succumb to the adage, "When you think you have two QBs, you actually have none."

Now the Gators have a great defense and could be in the top ten in the nation (3rd in the SEC), so I have no issues with the Defense.

The Gators have “Preseason” prediction the second easiest schedule just behind Georgia’s which has the easiest.

During the SEC Media days the ESPN analysts were talking about they didn’t know how the Gators were going to score on offense.

So now all this being said what I don’t understand is how everyone is ranking the Gators so high. But I guess we will find out when they play Texas A&M in week two. If they have any players left after that game we will see who has the best team in week three.

I know the Gator fans that come to this site are scared because why else would they come here daily.

Yawn. Have you looked at UT lately?

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Something I don’t understand about the Gators this year.

Last year the Gators were 7-6 (counting Bowl win) 3-5 in the SEC, had a middle of the road schedule for the SEC didn’t beat a Ranked team (they played 5). Now after losing their leading passer, leading rusher and second-leading receiver to the 2012 NFL draft, Florida isn't as loaded as usual.

John Brantley and Chris Rainey their leading offensive players last year are gone. Former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is gone, as well.

Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskell split passes behind the now departed starter John Brantley in 2011 evenly. They combined for two touchdowns, six interceptions and 1.16 yards per carry for supposedly mobile quarterbacks. They don't have a returning wide receiver that had more than 16 receptions last season. Their featured running back is senior Mike Gillislee, who has never had more than 328 yards rushing in a season or more than 84 in a game.

They have a new OC and still can’t decide on who is going to be their QB. Florida might succumb to the adage, "When you think you have two QBs, you actually have none."

Now the Gators have a great defense and could be in the top ten in the nation (3rd in the SEC), so I have no issues with the Defense.

The Gators have “Preseason” prediction the second easiest schedule just behind Georgia’s which has the easiest.

During the SEC Media days the ESPN analysts were talking about they didn’t know how the Gators were going to score on offense.

So now all this being said what I don’t understand is how everyone is ranking the Gators so high. But I guess we will find out when they play Texas A&M in week two. If they have any players left after that game we will see who has the best team in week three.

I know the Gator fans that come to this site are scared because why else would they come here daily.

I'll throw something else out there.

Driskell is out indefinitely thanks to an injury to his none throwing shoulder. And they're weak on their O-Line.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to kazoo:

I hope CP has a BIG year--but he's likely to run a lot of wrong or bad routes for a while, unfortunately.

Tyler will tell him to watch for the ball on the twenty. Line up on the right side,etc. Piece of cake

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