Darin Hinshaw wants more production, participation from wide receivers

WR coach Darin Hinshaw: Everybody needs to contribute

Darin Hinshaw has just as many years of experience coaching wide receivers on his resume as he does coaching quarterbacks.

Needless to say, there are more dramatic changes happening within the Tennessee football program than the one Hinshaw is currently experiencing.

Hinshaw has passed his title of quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and is taking over for the departed Charlie Baggett as the Vols' wide receivers coach. He's literally putting himself on the opposite end of the pass-catch connection, but he won't need to cover much distance to get up to pace with the personnel he'll be supervising.

"I've coached every skill position there is on offense," Hinshaw, who did his time as a running backs coach during a five-year stint at Middle Tennessee 2001-05, said Wednesday during a media opportunity for assistant coaches.

"That's the background everyone comes through. I've coached a lot of good ones. I've been blessed."

In his first year at Memphis, where he served as a wide receivers coach under Tommy West 2007-09, Hinshaw led a unit that had three players notch more than 600 yards receiving.

In his final season, he saw Duke Calhoun finish with 68 catches for 923 yards and Carlos Singleton chip in with 507 yards, but no other receiver finished with more than 241.

Hinshaw's plan with UT's receiving corps is to recreate his successful first year with the Tigers and forget about a 2011 season that was more like his final year at Memphis.

"Everybody's got to contribute, everybody's got to have a role," Hinshaw said. "We've got to be in a position where everybody can produce also."

Justin Hunter's season-ending knee injury shook up an already-thin receiving corps just three games into the 2011 season, and the Vols never adjusted. Da'Rick Rogers finished with some of the best numbers in UT history (67 catches, 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns), but the rest of the group was unreliable.

That will have to change in 2012, Hinshaw said. Additional depth provided by five-star junior-college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson and three other incoming freshman receivers makes that seem like a realistic possibility.

"They've got to learn to continue to get better and more accountable and be able to be ready to go play," Hinshaw said. "That's why the depth at wide receiver is going to be so big for us."

The relationship Hinshaw has built with starting quarterback Tyler Bray and backups Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman, both of whom he had a major hand with their respective recruitments, won't go to waste. Chaney joked that every time Bray throws an interception, "it will be Hinshaw's fault."

"Darin has a great background in that, and he'll work a lot with me when I need help with that, no question about it," Chaney said. "He'll be involved with the quarterbacks still."

Progress Report: Hunter, who is five months removed from tearing an anterior cruciate ligament, likely won't be cleared for any kind of contact this spring, but will be able to run routes and participate in most non-contact activities, Hinshaw said.

"We'll incorporate him into a little bit more of the cutting and all those kinds of things as we go through spring," Hinshaw said. "Hopefully by the end of spring, he'll be able to do everything on air that he does at wide receiver. We're not going to put him in any position where he's going to have any contact or could tweak that knee."

Hunter's strength levels are up and he has implemented more running, leaping and bounding into his workouts, Hinshaw said.

"We're real pleased with where he's at right now," Hinshaw said.

Kick Flipped: New tight ends/special teams coach Charlie Coiner has talked enough with Derek Dooley to get a feeling for how seriously the coach is about special teams, but he's yet to discover just how much he'll be working with UT's punters and kickers.

Coiner worked heavily with punters and kickers during his two seasons as a special teams assistant with the Chicago Bears. He also had a heavy hand in the development of kicker David Akers, a long-established NFL veteran, at Louisville and had complete control of the unit at LSU in 1999.

"I guarantee you that just from what I've seen, and I'm talking about the detail of the plans whether it be spring or whether it be fall, Coach Dooley is a very detailed guy," Coiner said. "There will be somebody coaching them at all times."

Kicker Michael Palardy and punter Matt Darr each had their fair share of struggles in 2011. West High's George Bullock is expected to provide competition to both players when he enrolls this summer.

"I don't know what our structure will be," Coiner said. "As far as our day-to-day, off-field things, I'm keeping up with them."

Secondary Matters: Terry Joseph said he'll be learning just as much from new defensive assistant Derrick Ansley as the 31-year-old Ansley will be learning from him.

Joseph, UT's defensive backs coach for the past two seasons, will work specifically with the safeties in 2012 while Ansley will handle the cornerbacks.

The Vols' anticipated implementation of more multiple packages on defense will be somewhat new to Joseph, but for Ansley, a graduate assistant at Alabama alongside new UT defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri for the past two seasons, it will be more of the same.

"He knows the terminology, he knows the adjustments on defense, it's going to help the learning curve with all the back end in general," Joseph said. "We just felt like that was the best move going into probably our biggest spring since we've been here."

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wigmeister writes:

Have a good feeling about these coaching changes! Hope the players respond. There is some good talent on board.

VolinCalif writes:

All sounds very good.

volsfanntn11 writes:

Let's get boys......I got a great feeling about the upcoming season! Now that we have BIG DEPTH AT WR...19 starters coming back on both sides of the ball....Tyler,Justin,Da'Rick Healthy and coming back in good spirits....means alot! the whole offensive line back......All the Secondary is back except for Austin Johnson........and Mo Couch and the rest of the DL ........with good linebackers coming back.....all we need to do is FINISH.....if college football was 2 qtrs ....we would be national champs....GBO...VFL!

FWBVol writes:

I really appreciate Terry Joseph's comments. They show he's not threatened by splitting the duties with another DBs coach. In the big picture it might even help Joseph in his duties as recruiting coordinator as now he only has to worry about the safeties as opposed to all the DBs.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

I really like what we're doing with the DB's.

Having 2 coaches being able to focus on Safties and CB's should help stop so much passing against us and maybe lead to alot more INT's.

We have some good LB and with Sunseri coaching them we just might have 1 all SEC LB's in the next year or 2 and maybe 1 or 2 all Americans.

I just hope our players can learn really fast because the 3-4 is complicated so I'm hoping we'll switch over to that slowly and get better with our 4-3 at the same time.

Switching around from 4-3 to 3-4 will make it harder for the other teams to know what's coming at them the next play.

I expect great things from our D in the next couple of years.

I like Hinshaw taking over our WR's since he's coached them before but also because he was a QB and our QB coach and nobody knows where every WR is supposed to be on every play like a QB does.

He'll let them know exactly what a QB is thinking and looking for on every play and I expect our route running to get alot better so Bray can depend on our WR's alot more to get to their spots on time.

The next 2 years are going to be great fun to watch with this great coaching transition and as the players learn more and progress.

VFL...GBO!!!

givehim6 writes:

One thing I like is looks like all positions are covered by a coach. And Hinshaw will still have a hand in the QB development. RB's have a good coech. Should be a upgread on the O-line. No drop off on the D, shoot may look better! Think UT's ST's will look better, new coach, some competion for the kicking and punting job. Yes say I am drinking the kool-aid, I am just hoping there is a reason to get excited again.

BamaVol writes:

I hope everyone is right, I'm so tire of losing to Florida and Alabama. Makes me want to suit up, but I'm so old I couldn't be the water boy.

VFL

TheVolSnake writes:

If the back up receivers hadn't dropped pass after pass we would have had better numbers. They need to be taught to catch before run, I think the new group and Hunter and Rodger understand this.

Over all I think we will much improved across the board this year.

TheVolSnake writes:

2012 Schedule and what I think:

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home.

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems with the Vols

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

End results not counting Bowl game:

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

TheVolSnake writes:

I don't think they were fired but I also don't think there was a fight to keep them.

Knuckle heads whom have never put on pads talk about Dooley but in truth several of the assistant coach had no real clue.

Example Wilcox whom I think is a good coach didn't understand SEC play and caliber, what works in the WAC doesn't in the SEC. its like a high school team playing a Pro team. I am glad he is back were he can be successful and wish him the best of luck.

We improved dramatically and Now have coaches that have been very successful in the SEC.

VOLliven2it writes:

Time will tell the whole story and how it plays out. But for now we TVF(true Vol Fans)can be excited. There will be some issues but we have a chance to be good. I'm hoping we are for the full four quarters each game. GO BIG ORANGE!

txvolsfan writes:

I think Wilcox needed to get back to PAC 10 because he was over his head in big boy football. I think he does have a good football mind but don't think he was ready yet for his defense getting pounded on play after play and putting guys in right position.
Sunseri knows what it takes and knows the turf. He just needs to have enough talent and depth on the D. We have some good players that will start but I still have concerns over depth.
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

MidTennVol writes:

We currently have 10 receivers on the roster (according to UT website).

If we can't get at least five of those guys dependable and in the rotation, something is wrong.

It's gonna take a lot of reps to build any kind of confidence in that group -- especially the ones behind Hunter and Rogers.

volinlm writes:

The last line in the article speaks volumes.

volinlm writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

I think Wilcox needed to get back to PAC 10 because he was over his head in big boy football. I think he does have a good football mind but don't think he was ready yet for his defense getting pounded on play after play and putting guys in right position.
Sunseri knows what it takes and knows the turf. He just needs to have enough talent and depth on the D. We have some good players that will start but I still have concerns over depth.
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

Yes, that and a $150,000 per year raise.

brokendownoldvol writes:

Great. Sounds like Hunter's knee surgery went really well.Knee injuries suk. Wish him the best.

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

We currently have 10 receivers on the roster (according to UT website).

If we can't get at least five of those guys dependable and in the rotation, something is wrong.

It's gonna take a lot of reps to build any kind of confidence in that group -- especially the ones behind Hunter and Rogers.

Dooley recently made the comment that having 1 player go down should not tank the whole season like it did last year. I totally agree... and that's exactly why he beefed up the wr's like we are at qb.... he understands that if a star goes down, you have to have someone equally as good to go in... championship teams have that... 1 or 2 injuries don't shut them down... we may not compete for the east championship this year, but you can bank on it next year...

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

I don't think they were fired but I also don't think there was a fight to keep them.

Knuckle heads whom have never put on pads talk about Dooley but in truth several of the assistant coach had no real clue.

Example Wilcox whom I think is a good coach didn't understand SEC play and caliber, what works in the WAC doesn't in the SEC. its like a high school team playing a Pro team. I am glad he is back were he can be successful and wish him the best of luck.

We improved dramatically and Now have coaches that have been very successful in the SEC.

I agree.

CDD had to hold together the recruiting class then put together a coaching staff all in a few weeks. With the new staff, he asked each one to stay for two years to provide some stability. He got that while working without a stong AD and under NCAA investigations.

Now he has the staff he wants and needs in order to win in the SEC. We're still a year away for having the depth we need at every position.

I told you guys to be patient.

hueypilot writes:

I don't know. A lot of uncertainty here. Conier doesn't know if he's working with the kickers altho he's reported to have experience there. Joseph will be "learning" Chaney back with QB's and I like that given he was Brees position coach at Purdue. Hinshaw OJT with a talented corps of receivers. Seems like an awful lot of payroll dollars for guys to be learning on the job.

Agree with others that Wilcox can take 3 star guys with speed out West and disrupt offenses. Can't do that here. Everybody has speed. The good teams have speed, quickness and size.

Does anyone know the real reason Baggett left? Seems like with this corps of receivers and his experience in the league with some good ones, we would have wanted him to stay.

FWBVol writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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IMO, Muschamp has yet to prove himself as a head coach any more than Dooley has. Florida will be breaking in a new OC and a new QB this year and Tennessee will be the first road SEC game, probably the first road game of the year for the Gators. I'm not saying we will win that game, but I think, at this point, it seems like a game we could very well win.

And yes, I'll admit to being a wishful fanatic, but I just stated some facts that shouldn't be overlooked about Florida.

GONAVY writes:

The spring practice time will be huge in determining next fall. 6 new coaches is tantamount to having a complete staff change. Dooley remains, but it is crucial the new coaches adapt to the culture Dooley is trying to create in Knoxville. There is a lot riding on 2012. The staff changes appear for the most part to be upgrades. However, not coaching together on the sidelines until fall 2012 in the heat of battle- in a critical year for Dooley- is a risky proposition. The focus should be on winning the first game over decent competition, NC State. One game at a time. Nothing more.

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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We will win at least 2 of these "toss ups" and you will hopefully go away! We also have coaches,players,and a great defense.We are more experienced and have better depth.The only thing to question is your fanhood with UT,I hate to come onto OUR site and see posts from ignorant haters like you,pro handicapper,and the bean guy! I hope the success we are about to experience makes all of you sick.VFL

CroKev writes:

Dooley is too detail-oriented. He should be fired.

On a more serious note, it would be interesting to be in Sunseri's inner circle and ask him after Spring practice what he thinks of the Vols talent level vs. the Tide. I'd expect to hear that the D overall and the RBs were much stronger but that the QB and WRs at UT were head and shoulders above the tide (aside from Julio Jones a year ago). Maybe the grad assistant he brought with him would be more open to talking about such.

VOLet_parking writes:

in response to volsfanntn11:

Let's get boys......I got a great feeling about the upcoming season! Now that we have BIG DEPTH AT WR...19 starters coming back on both sides of the ball....Tyler,Justin,Da'Rick Healthy and coming back in good spirits....means alot! the whole offensive line back......All the Secondary is back except for Austin Johnson........and Mo Couch and the rest of the DL ........with good linebackers coming back.....all we need to do is FINISH.....if college football was 2 qtrs ....we would be national champs....GBO...VFL!

19 starters on both sides of the ball? Austin Johnson in the secondary?

Say what???

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to CroKev:

Dooley is too detail-oriented. He should be fired.

On a more serious note, it would be interesting to be in Sunseri's inner circle and ask him after Spring practice what he thinks of the Vols talent level vs. the Tide. I'd expect to hear that the D overall and the RBs were much stronger but that the QB and WRs at UT were head and shoulders above the tide (aside from Julio Jones a year ago). Maybe the grad assistant he brought with him would be more open to talking about such.

You are crazy if you think firing DD will solve anything! We are about to witness the fruits of his labor and you being a letterman and all should show a little more patience.If you are so worried about how we stack up to alabubba maybe you can hook-up with rtrchatt and the 2 of you can go cow tipping before the season opener!Go buy yourself an ugly crimson shirt and jump on their bandwagon like the majority of their fanbase has done in the last couple years. Or you can show a little patience and cheer for UT and DD to succeed,then you will be a true VFL !

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Dougb-VFL:

You are crazy if you think firing DD will solve anything! We are about to witness the fruits of his labor and you being a letterman and all should show a little more patience.If you are so worried about how we stack up to alabubba maybe you can hook-up with rtrchatt and the 2 of you can go cow tipping before the season opener!Go buy yourself an ugly crimson shirt and jump on their bandwagon like the majority of their fanbase has done in the last couple years. Or you can show a little patience and cheer for UT and DD to succeed,then you will be a true VFL !

I'm pretty sure Kev was being sarcastic.

VolVox writes:

Anyone hear what the LB prospect Bynum decided? I thought he was planning to announce today.

SBWB2 writes:

Time 4 Zack Rodgers to step up, have not seen any photos of him lately... last fall he looked like a Junkie... Hope he is doing better.

SBWB2 writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

I agree.

CDD had to hold together the recruiting class then put together a coaching staff all in a few weeks. With the new staff, he asked each one to stay for two years to provide some stability. He got that while working without a stong AD and under NCAA investigations.

Now he has the staff he wants and needs in order to win in the SEC. We're still a year away for having the depth we need at every position.

I told you guys to be patient.

Double Agree....

Dougb-VFL writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

I'm pretty sure Kev was being sarcastic.

Oops,my bad! The last thing I want to do is offend a real VOL fan. Sorry Kev,you never know with all the trolls on our site. VFL

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Neither does negative posting. Fans are always optimistic, whatever happened in the past. Mopes like you are probably always mopes. Optimists not only live longer, they enjoy it more. Scientific fact.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to hueypilot:

I don't know. A lot of uncertainty here. Conier doesn't know if he's working with the kickers altho he's reported to have experience there. Joseph will be "learning" Chaney back with QB's and I like that given he was Brees position coach at Purdue. Hinshaw OJT with a talented corps of receivers. Seems like an awful lot of payroll dollars for guys to be learning on the job.

Agree with others that Wilcox can take 3 star guys with speed out West and disrupt offenses. Can't do that here. Everybody has speed. The good teams have speed, quickness and size.

Does anyone know the real reason Baggett left? Seems like with this corps of receivers and his experience in the league with some good ones, we would have wanted him to stay.

I wouldn't worry too much about the uncertainty with the guys only about a week or two into the job and with six weeks or so until spring practice. The players will have enough to think about not to dwell on the uncertainty between winter workouts and school. Judging from the fall GPA, that last one alone should keep them busy enough not to worry too much.

I'm sure lots of people would like to know what happened with Baggett. On the one hand, one would think he would like to work with Hunter, Rogers, and the new JUCO; on the other, he might have left because he couldn't get along with one or more of them or because he couldn't get enough production out of the corps after Hunter went down. We likely won't ever know the real reason(s).

In fairness to Wilcox, most of those really good SEC defenses had, in addition to the qualities you mentioned, WAY more talented, experienced players than UT had. They also had good enough offenses that they didn't have to play two-thirds of the game, except maybe for LSU.

Juzkruzin writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

I think Wilcox needed to get back to PAC 10 because he was over his head in big boy football. I think he does have a good football mind but don't think he was ready yet for his defense getting pounded on play after play and putting guys in right position.
Sunseri knows what it takes and knows the turf. He just needs to have enough talent and depth on the D. We have some good players that will start but I still have concerns over depth.
GO VOLS
TXVOLSFAN

I know Wilcox went to a Pac 10 Team from UT, but he didn't come to UT from a PAC 10 School, unless Boise ST joined the PAC 10 without telling anyone. If they were in the PAC 10, they got cheated out of going to the Rose Bowl, as they has a bette W-L record than any PAC 10 team. It was the coaches after the 2009 went back to the PAC 10 at USC, remember now?

VOLet_parking writes:

in response to Juzkruzin:

I know Wilcox went to a Pac 10 Team from UT, but he didn't come to UT from a PAC 10 School, unless Boise ST joined the PAC 10 without telling anyone. If they were in the PAC 10, they got cheated out of going to the Rose Bowl, as they has a bette W-L record than any PAC 10 team. It was the coaches after the 2009 went back to the PAC 10 at USC, remember now?

Wilcox played at Oregon and coached at Cal, so yes, he did go back to the Pac-10.

govolsbaby writes:

I dont know bout yall but im feelin a 3500-4000 yard season for Tbray and company.
many touchdowns and broken records.
look for an improved record and a better over all team.
we might not go 14-0 but we will do pretty good and i guarantee we'll be a fun team to watch!
sorry for you old conservative vols fans that wont stop askin if we will run the ball better.
I believe we could be in the middle of the SEC in rushing next year. But as long as chaneys our OC we'll never have a old fashioned UT rushing attack. And im happy about it!
go vols!

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to BamaVol:

I hope everyone is right, I'm so tire of losing to Florida and Alabama. Makes me want to suit up, but I'm so old I couldn't be the water boy.

VFL

I bet you'd make a great water boy son!

Supersayin1 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

I really like what we're doing with the DB's.

Having 2 coaches being able to focus on Safties and CB's should help stop so much passing against us and maybe lead to alot more INT's.

We have some good LB and with Sunseri coaching them we just might have 1 all SEC LB's in the next year or 2 and maybe 1 or 2 all Americans.

I just hope our players can learn really fast because the 3-4 is complicated so I'm hoping we'll switch over to that slowly and get better with our 4-3 at the same time.

Switching around from 4-3 to 3-4 will make it harder for the other teams to know what's coming at them the next play.

I expect great things from our D in the next couple of years.

I like Hinshaw taking over our WR's since he's coached them before but also because he was a QB and our QB coach and nobody knows where every WR is supposed to be on every play like a QB does.

He'll let them know exactly what a QB is thinking and looking for on every play and I expect our route running to get alot better so Bray can depend on our WR's alot more to get to their spots on time.

The next 2 years are going to be great fun to watch with this great coaching transition and as the players learn more and progress.

VFL...GBO!!!

Preach!! GO VOLS!!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to govolsbaby:

I dont know bout yall but im feelin a 3500-4000 yard season for Tbray and company.
many touchdowns and broken records.
look for an improved record and a better over all team.
we might not go 14-0 but we will do pretty good and i guarantee we'll be a fun team to watch!
sorry for you old conservative vols fans that wont stop askin if we will run the ball better.
I believe we could be in the middle of the SEC in rushing next year. But as long as chaneys our OC we'll never have a old fashioned UT rushing attack. And im happy about it!
go vols!

Well, I guess you could call me a "conservative old fan", but I would think it is self-evident that UT needs to run the ball better next year. For one thing, the lack of a decent running game last year meant a LOT of short possessions, which in turn meant our thin, young defense had to spend WAY too much time on the field getting worn down by the punishing running games of our better opponents. Even if you are scoring every possession with the passing game, which nobody does, that still leads to short turnarounds for the defense, and passing teams often die by the pass with INT's and sack-fumbles. There are lots of ways to produce a running game; not everything or even most things have to be run in stereotypical ways. I would be THRILLED if the Vols could have a middle-of-the-pack running game next year; that would be a VAST improvement over 5th or 10th from the bottom of the BCS like LAST year.

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