Former Vol Tauren Poole wins Pat Tillman Award at East-West Shrine game

Tauren Poole had 17 yards on five carries and a 14-yard reception in the 87th annual East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday.

The former Tennessee running back's biggest honor, however, came when he was given the Pat Tillman Award.

"Just want to thank the #ShrineGame for giving me an opportunity," Poole said on his Twitter account. "I will never forget this moment.

"... Felt good to put that T on too!"

The award is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award recognizes a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field.

First given in 2005, the award is named in honor of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who walked away from the game after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to join the U.S. Army.

Tillman served multiple tours of duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, before he was killed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2004.

"Never in a million years y'all," wrote Poole, who is the 43rd former Vol to be selected to play in the game. "Mr. Pat Tillman deserves all the credit. Thank you to a great American.

Poole ran for 1,883 yards in his career at Tennessee in 49 games. He scored 16 touchdowns in his career including five as a senior in 2011.

Lennon Creer, who played the 2007-08 seasons at Tennessee before transferring to Louisiana Tech, scored on a 9-yard run with 47 seconds remaining, giving the West a 24-17 victory. Creer finished with 80 yards on 15 carries.

Former UT quarterback B.J. Colemen, who played on season before transferring after the 2009 spring game to Chattanooga, threw a 28-yard pass play to set up a field goal on the East's opening possession, then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham of Michigan State to give the East a 10-0 lead.

Coleman, who was 10-for-15 for 170 yards, started for the East and was followed by Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis and Florida's John Brantley.

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1bigvolman writes:

in response to SmokeyontheWater:

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+1! This is a good story about the success of a Vol, hard to believe some try to find the negative...

LJS1984 writes:

Tauren Poole is a classy human being. It's sad that some of the people that post on here do not show nor do they possess the same integrity and intelligence.

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

this proves our o line is the worst in the nation

Pullingguard writes:

Creer and Coleman both who could not cut the mustard at UT had standout performances. The announcers made the comment... Tennessee could have used those players this past year, couldn't they... I guess thats up for debate.

seadaddy writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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How do you know that Poole was whinning about not wanting to play against UK Coach,was you there to see it or is it a rumor that you heard?
Go to bed your negative time is up!

iowavol writes:

Yes, but what you did say was insensitive and dishonorable. In addition, it pretty much solidifies one inescapable fact, you are an idiot and what you say pretty much doesn't matter.

On the other hand, Poole represented himself and his university with dignity and grit. Best of luck to him in the future. Make Red Bank proud. Pretty cool that BJ Coleman started the game and is rated the #7 QB in this draft. Anyone want to be a fly on the wall with him and Kiffin in a room together - alone - right now I'd pay good money to see that asz whoopin.

iowavol writes:

in response to iowavol:

Yes, but what you did say was insensitive and dishonorable. In addition, it pretty much solidifies one inescapable fact, you are an idiot and what you say pretty much doesn't matter.

On the other hand, Poole represented himself and his university with dignity and grit. Best of luck to him in the future. Make Red Bank proud. Pretty cool that BJ Coleman started the game and is rated the #7 QB in this draft. Anyone want to be a fly on the wall with him and Kiffin in a room together - alone - right now I'd pay good money to see that asz whoopin.

This post was intended for Bipolar-bear.

fearthehound writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Whoa everybody, take a step back and take a deep breath. Bivolar is all Vol--he's not a troll. He just has a little different opinion about this whole award thing.

oldster writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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That is not what I heard. I heard that he was the one who said that certain players indicated that they were not interested in playing in a little bowl and, therefore, did not want to play that hard vs. UK. After he said that, the report was that the players about whom he was talking were "Lethargic" Bray, and DaDrop Rogers.

mercuryvol writes:

To my recollection,Poole said SOME of the players did not care about playing KY,not pertaining to himself.Personally,this award speaks volumes about his character and I think he may surprise a few coaches(pro and armchair) with his play.At least I'm hoping he does.

mercuryvol writes:

in response to oldster:

That is not what I heard. I heard that he was the one who said that certain players indicated that they were not interested in playing in a little bowl and, therefore, did not want to play that hard vs. UK. After he said that, the report was that the players about whom he was talking were "Lethargic" Bray, and DaDrop Rogers.

Beat me to it,old.But I think you and I both heard the same.

Highlands_Whisky writes:

in response to oldster:

That is not what I heard. I heard that he was the one who said that certain players indicated that they were not interested in playing in a little bowl and, therefore, did not want to play that hard vs. UK. After he said that, the report was that the players about whom he was talking were "Lethargic" Bray, and DaDrop Rogers.

Bingo.

I'm not going to slam an honorable man who served his country, but Bear, you might want to re-read Poole's postgame comments. The gist of them is pretty much the opposite of what you state them to be.

txsvol#372416 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

Creer and Coleman both who could not cut the mustard at UT had standout performances. The announcers made the comment... Tennessee could have used those players this past year, couldn't they... I guess thats up for debate.

Pulling Guard, you are a straight shooter. If you recall, Lame refused to meet with BJ Coleman on his schedule, as Monte had back surgery scheduled and he wanted to be with his father/family. BJ, not knowing the situation, resenting his position on the depth chart, and, not meeting with Lame, hotheadedly IMO transferred to UTC, where he had a great junior year, and a not so good senior year because of injury. Lennon Creer, from Tatum, TX (along with Denarius Moore), felt caught in a numbers game, with both Hardesty and Poole ahead of him, and with Lame bringing in Bryce Brown & NuKeese Richardson, he was caught in a numbers game. Yes, the Vols could have used both players. BJ would have given Tyler Bray serious competition, and Lennon Creer may have been able to eek out a few yards behind our non-run-blocking OL.
Hope Dalton Santos stays firm in his committment to UT. GBO! SAVol

eprahm (Inactive) writes:

in response to 1bigvolman:

+1! This is a good story about the success of a Vol, hard to believe some try to find the negative...

Great comment! Unfortunately, some of the folks who post on this site need a life.

cloudodust writes:

A great award to a guy that gave his best to the Orange and White. No complaints. Hope his future mimics Foster's. GBO

flatrock writes:

Congratulations to Tauren Poole, a class act (unlike some of the idiots who scribble on here).

LJS1984 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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My point proven.

dalvol writes:

Sounds to me like Bipolar_Bear has some anger issues!

BruisedOrange writes:

in response to txsvol#372416:

Pulling Guard, you are a straight shooter. If you recall, Lame refused to meet with BJ Coleman on his schedule, as Monte had back surgery scheduled and he wanted to be with his father/family. BJ, not knowing the situation, resenting his position on the depth chart, and, not meeting with Lame, hotheadedly IMO transferred to UTC, where he had a great junior year, and a not so good senior year because of injury. Lennon Creer, from Tatum, TX (along with Denarius Moore), felt caught in a numbers game, with both Hardesty and Poole ahead of him, and with Lame bringing in Bryce Brown & NuKeese Richardson, he was caught in a numbers game. Yes, the Vols could have used both players. BJ would have given Tyler Bray serious competition, and Lennon Creer may have been able to eek out a few yards behind our non-run-blocking OL.
Hope Dalton Santos stays firm in his committment to UT. GBO! SAVol

I never heard that explanation about Monte and back surgery. Not questioning you, txsvol#372416, but the story.

It's hard to imagine a scholarship QB, the top in-state recruit, asking for an appointment with his head coach and not receiving an explanation why he can't meet, OR an effort to re-schedule. It's also hard to imagine the HC at Tennessee doesn't have an administrative assistant handling his calls and his calendar.

Well... old news, regardless.

Congrats to BJ for refusing to let his dream be denied by even a major college head coach. UTC wasn't the ideal situation to show his skills when he arrived, but he prevailed and has earned a look at the next level. The ability was there, the work ethic was there, the leadership intangibles were there. All he needed was a reasonable opportunity, so he made the move (and took the heat) to find that opportunity.

Tip o' the hat also to UTC HC Russ Huesman's up-and-coming football program and to the McCallie School ("Inspiring boys. Building men.")

iowavol writes:

in response to txsvol#372416:

Pulling Guard, you are a straight shooter. If you recall, Lame refused to meet with BJ Coleman on his schedule, as Monte had back surgery scheduled and he wanted to be with his father/family. BJ, not knowing the situation, resenting his position on the depth chart, and, not meeting with Lame, hotheadedly IMO transferred to UTC, where he had a great junior year, and a not so good senior year because of injury. Lennon Creer, from Tatum, TX (along with Denarius Moore), felt caught in a numbers game, with both Hardesty and Poole ahead of him, and with Lame bringing in Bryce Brown & NuKeese Richardson, he was caught in a numbers game. Yes, the Vols could have used both players. BJ would have given Tyler Bray serious competition, and Lennon Creer may have been able to eek out a few yards behind our non-run-blocking OL.
Hope Dalton Santos stays firm in his committment to UT. GBO! SAVol

txvol, according to BJ's father, you the facts are a bit different and I thought better documented than what you just said. As I recall, Kiffin was a no show for three scheduled meetings with BJ - who at the time was outperforming everyone by far in practice. Kiffin refused to talk to BJ about the depth chart. BJ's father called Hamilton. What was said in that conversation is unknown. What is known, is that shortly after the conversation, Kiffin met with BJ and cussed him out for 15-20 minutes. Kiffin never gave BJ an explanation but simply called him a bunch of names and said he would never be good enough to play in his program. Contemporary theory was that if BJ did get the starting job, which he won on the field, Kiffin would have a hard time recruiting the #1 QB he wanted.

volinlm writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

this proves our o line is the worst in the nation

You prove that every silver lining has a dark cloud.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Someone please go "bear hunting" in Bolivar please!

DooleysOrangePants writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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"internet tough guy"

tnfanincali writes:

Congrats to Poole for receiving this award and thanks for representing the University of Tennessee with class. He stood by the school when he had every reason not to after the way he was treated by Kiffin. Too bad he did not get a chance to show his ability his senior year as he rarely had a hole to run through. Hopefully he will get a shot at the next level. I don't usually respond to all the negativity and name calling that goes on constantly on this board, but this time I will just say that some of the posters on this site have no class and probably are malcontent in the rest of their lives as well. I feel sorry for you guys.

PHAT_VOL writes:

Taurens comments after the Kentucky game about how some of the players didn't want a to go to a small bowl, play in the cold and practice for another month. How does this make the coaches look now. Tauren had over a thousand yards his jr. year. The O line didn't help this year at all. It just dosen't make sense.
I belive Tauren.

VOLliven2it writes:

For all the belly-aching, back and forth on here, I choose to be glad that a tailback from the University of Tennessee received a very honorable award. I also hope he gets a chance to play in the NFL because he stayed with UT even after facing a lot of adversity many naysayers would never have stayed after facing. So why don't we just settle down and congratulate TPoole on a deserved award and stop speculating about BJ Coleman and Lennon Creer who bailed on the Vols regardless of the reasons they may have had?

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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You sure one bad arss aren't you?

You need anger management classes. No wonder you have had wives instead of wife.

SummittsCourt writes:

Congrats to Poole for winning the award and for Coleman and Creer for their performances.

This is a game for seniors who are trying to make an impression on NFL scouts - hopefully they made some good impressions. Go Vols!

ACWLY writes:

Congratulations, Taureen Poole is a great kid!
Thanks for your time at Tennessee. VFL

JOHNWARD4EVER writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Congratulations, Taureen Poole is a great kid!
Thanks for your time at Tennessee. VFL

EXACTLY!!,congrats Tauren,thanks! GBO VFL!!

TKO writes:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

this proves our o line is the worst in the nation

yep, or even worse.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

For all the belly-aching, back and forth on here, I choose to be glad that a tailback from the University of Tennessee received a very honorable award. I also hope he gets a chance to play in the NFL because he stayed with UT even after facing a lot of adversity many naysayers would never have stayed after facing. So why don't we just settle down and congratulate TPoole on a deserved award and stop speculating about BJ Coleman and Lennon Creer who bailed on the Vols regardless of the reasons they may have had?

Yes, congrats to T Poole for sticking through what was the wort 4 years in memory. I also congratulate BJ and Creer because they did what was best for them and it turned out well.

RashaadSalabeb writes:

in response to flatrock:

Congratulations to Tauren Poole, a class act (unlike some of the idiots who scribble on here).

Ditto! Good luck in the future, Tauren!

Go Vols! Today and everyday!

oskie_score writes:

TP may not be the biggest or fastest RB, BUT he does have the biggest heart, IMO.
Loved his comment "Felt good to put the "T" too" and his recognition of Pat Tillman. Class and humility.
Good luck, Tauren. VFL!

GO VOLS!

Theo writes:

Congratulations to T. Poole on a wonderful career and a wonderful honor. You have made us all very proud and we know with certainty that many future successes await you.
I hope you will cherish your time on The Hill and hope you will have only fond memories of your school, your teammates, fellow alumni and all appreciative vol fans everywhere.
T. Poole a true Vol For Life!

seadaddy writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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And if you tried to take his head off,I would show you a few lessons about running off at the mouth,when I got done with your donkey you would not be such a big bad boy after all...
Now go away before you get your @ss in trouble!

wildmed writes:

Any organization would be fortunate to have Tauren Poole as its representative.

CharlesBeattie writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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His post game comments were that some of the younger players did not want to go to a lower tier bowl thus did not put forth any effort. Check the archives and read the report and listen to his post game press conference. So I think someone needs to get their hearing checked or stop trolling on someone who says it felt good to put the T on again. Did you read that part or did your hearing stop your eyes from being able to read too. Granted, Poole did not have a great year but the KY loss is on the uppity young guys who are too good to play in what they earned.(Music City Bowl) That is in no way a compliment on their performance but their lack of. Go Big Orange and have a great 2012.

flatrock writes:

in response to PHAT_VOL:

Taurens comments after the Kentucky game about how some of the players didn't want a to go to a small bowl, play in the cold and practice for another month. How does this make the coaches look now. Tauren had over a thousand yards his jr. year. The O line didn't help this year at all. It just dosen't make sense.
I belive Tauren.

On teams with strong senior classes, the seniors would have taken the idiot QB behind the woodshed and it would have never had to go to the coaching staff.

woodwr#217203 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

Creer and Coleman both who could not cut the mustard at UT had standout performances. The announcers made the comment... Tennessee could have used those players this past year, couldn't they... I guess thats up for debate.

No debate about Coleman & Creer being good enough to have helped a struggling Orange Team.

There was debate about whether and how staying to be miss-used or only under-used would have helped Creer or Coleman.

Juzkruzin writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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For as long as I can remember, you have never posted a postive post. I am sure you are not a BO fan or ever from Tenn. Did you forget how many yards he rushed for as a junior betwen a freshman line? Does oer 1,000 yards shound right? How can you judge anyone who only gets five carries. Read above what all this Award Entails. It is not just what you do on the field. There are other things taken into account. It lits my candle to see that he beat out Creer and Bradshaw, two who couln't cut it at the BO. You are the 1st to mention that he didn't want to play in the KY game. You should change your handle to Bivolar_Troll. That is what you are and have been for a long time!!!!!!!!!

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