Tennessee's 2012 class uniquely offensive-line free

UT, Army, BYU only schools without commitment from offensive lineman

Barring something unexpected, Tennessee will do something on National Signing Day that's only happened twice in the SEC since 2002 and is scheduled to occur at just two of the other 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools across the country.

Actually, it's what the Vols won't do.

Not one of UT's 20 commitments for the Class of 2012 comes from an offensive lineman and that's not expected to change by Wednesday, the first day in which high school seniors can sign National Letters of Intent with their respective schools of choice. BYU and Army are the only other teams in the nation without a commitment from an offensive lineman while 109 of the 120 FBS programs have at least two.

The average number of offensive line commitments for the class of 2012 among the other 13 SEC teams: 3.6. That's slightly below the 3.97 average of offensive line signees in the conference since 2002 but not enough of an indication to consider it a class dry on talent.

There are, of course, a handful of reasons why UT is in this unique position. It largely centers on UT's current offensive line depth chart, which didn't lose a single player from last season's team and will boast just two seniors in 2012.

"It's one of those things where different schools have different philosophies in regard to their roster," said JC Shurburtt, the national college football recruiting director for 247Sports. "Ideally, you bring in four or five per year, get those guys in the pipeline and then you won't have a season where you're depending on guys that are inexperienced or aren't very good.

"In a league like the SEC, which is so defensive line heavy, you obviously need great offensive linemen to combat that ... Certainly that's not a criticism of what Tennessee has done. It's just kind of a different way you normally see it happen."

The Vols' expected goose egg in 2012 comes directly off the heels of their largest offensive line haul since 2004. UT signed five offensive linemen in 2011 — Antonio Richardson, Kyler Kerbyson, Marcus Jackson, Alan Posey and Mack Crowder — and picked up sophomore Alex Bullard after he transferred from Notre Dame.

"The breakdown is as good as I think you can do it with five defensive linemen and five offensive linemen," coach Derek Dooley said at last year's National Signing Day press conference. "We needed to get bigger and better up front."

Jackson returns atop the depth chart at left guard after winning the job midway through the season, Richardson played sparingly throughout the year while Kerbyson, Posey and Crowder redshirted.

Jackson is the only underclassman in the projected 2012 starting offensive line, but left tackle Dallas Thomas is the only senior among the group. Not counting JerQuari Schofield, who is in school but not currently with the team, the Vols have 13 scholarship offensive linemen back for 2012.

The Vols and Texas A&M are the only two teams in the SEC that will return all five starting offensive linemen from 2011. With a new offensive line coach (Sam Pittman) and elevated expectations after a season in which the Vols finished 116th in nation in rushing offense, that's certainly subject to change.

Shurburtt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been.

"In general, prospects don't have a good sense of their ability," Shurburtt said. "They're used to being told how great they are and are used to playing at the high school level so they naturally assume things are going to be the same at college. It's just not like that.

"Guys look at the depth chart and say 'I'm not going to get off the bench in two years.' In all reality, no matter where they go, they're not going to get off the bench for two years."

UT finished second in its recruitment of offensive tackles Andrew Jelks (Vanderbilt) and D.J. Humphries (Florida) and lost out to California with center Matt Cochran. The Vols also came up short with Kyle Long (Oregon) and Jordan Diamond (undecided), but, ultimately, they just didn't seriously pursue that many because of other, more immediate areas of need.

That figures to change in a big way for the class of 2013.

When South Carolina went without signing an offensive lineman in its 2005 class, it added eight in the following year. Kentucky followed its offensive-line free class of 2003 with five in 2004 and 10 in 2005.

The Vols have one offensive lineman commitment, tackle Austin Sanders (Cleveland), in the fold for 2013 and have already offered 16 juniors. That's one more than the Vols extended for the entire 2012 class, according to 247Sports.

"Tennessee should be just fine as far as that goes," Shurburrt said. "From a national standpoint, it's another solid year."

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torchbearer writes:

With the QB and WR class this year, it appears next year we will need to go hard after OL, RB, and a balance of LB and DL. I am really excited about our OL with the talent and addition of Pittman.

"One that beareth a torch standeth in shadow to give light to others"

DougSharp writes:

"Shurburrt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been"

If UT's recruiters, including Doolfus, wasn't out selling the idea that recruits could realistically compete for a starting position in the spring on an offensive line that was by far and away the absolute WORST in the SEC - then this is reason #412 to make a H.C. change at the end of this year.

TheStupidPolice writes:

They also will not sign the #1 ILB now that Santos has switched to Texas. SMH What is Dooley doing?

BamaVol writes:

If you can't say something good, don't say anything. DA's

DougSharp writes:

in response to BamaVol:

If you can't say something good, don't say anything. DA's

I'm just saying; The irony in your comment is hilarious. I hope that was some "good" talking right there.

BluezVol writes:

Honestly I don't blame a kid for looking elsewhere. How many 5-star, high-school All Americans can one team use? Although we are as good "on paper" as any UT offensive line I've seen in many years, we sure don't play as good as any UT offensive line I've seen in years. Hopefully the pre-signing hype of some of these OL guys will start to mirror play on Saturdays this fall.

CroKev writes:

Too bad KNS doesn't make posters put their real names and/or real e-mail addresses on here. Then the trolls would stop making up new names incessantly. DougSharp... give me a break!

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say until they sign they are fair game just as we will steal someone next week(??) Witch Doctor say recruits change their minds because of a pretty girl(Lacy!) lol.
Bones never lie.

rtrchatt writes:

"Solid" will not win any championships in the SEC....

volpreacher writes:

in response to TheStupidPolice:

They also will not sign the #1 ILB now that Santos has switched to Texas. SMH What is Dooley doing?

Your name is partly right. The "stupid" part. Santos is rated no 16 and a 3*.

senracjr writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

"Solid" will not win any championships in the SEC....

And you won't win any awards for being the brightest bulb on the tree either!

wagee12 writes:

Shurburtt just collided headon with the biggest problem UT has had the last two years in the offensive line, that being that true freshmen and true sophomores had to play. To wit:

"In general, prospects don't have a good sense of their ability," Shurburtt said. "They're used to being told how great they are and are used to playing at the high school level so they naturally assume things are going to be the same at college. It's just not like that.

"Guys look at the depth chart and say 'I'm not going to get off the bench in two years.' In all reality, no matter where they go, they're not going to get off the bench for two years."

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to DougSharp:

"Shurburrt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been"

If UT's recruiters, including Doolfus, wasn't out selling the idea that recruits could realistically compete for a starting position in the spring on an offensive line that was by far and away the absolute WORST in the SEC - then this is reason #412 to make a H.C. change at the end of this year.

Doug, you are one of those funny guys that thinks that changing the coaches name gives you credibility. We have built up offensive lineman and have 3 redshirt freshman. We have depth and they will be better. Of course, you are also one of those that thinks that turning coaches over every two or three years is somehow healthy. If we take your approach, then we will continue to struggle.

Here is the thing. It is always easy to sit back and attack someone in a position that you could never qualify for and critique performance retrospectively. It would be nice if you and some of the other comedians on this site would man-up and get behind this staff and this team and stop critizing what you really have no damn clue about.

jawga writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Your name is partly right. The "stupid" part. Santos is rated no 16 and a 3*.

ESPN has him rated #1 MLB & 4*. Scout #5 MLB & 4*. When TN started the 3-4 talk is when Santos decided to look elsewhere. He wasn't going to share the middle with a 3*.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BamaVol:

If you can't say something good, don't say anything. DA's

BamaVol, and other real Vol fans,

You were probably referring to Doug"Dull" and other whiners.

absgovols writes:

in response to DougSharp:

"Shurburrt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been"

If UT's recruiters, including Doolfus, wasn't out selling the idea that recruits could realistically compete for a starting position in the spring on an offensive line that was by far and away the absolute WORST in the SEC - then this is reason #412 to make a H.C. change at the end of this year.

You would make a good gamecock fan...just saying!

jimr07 writes:

Gribble needs to become the recruiting coordinator...he knows so much more about it..

oldster writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

"Solid" will not win any championships in the SEC....

Maybe not, but it is necessary to have a great program. If you have a lot of flash and pizzaz without out it, you just have a souffle which collapses at the slightest pressure. You know, kind of like Bryce Brown, NuKeese Richardson, Janzen Jackson, Aaron Douglas, etc., etc. ad nauseum.

oldster writes:

While it is absoutely necessary to have a good offensive line to win at any level, no college team can afford to tie up 20-25% of its scholarships with offensive lineman, or any other position. If such were done, depth at other positions would result and, the way things have been going at UT, if there were a position that lacks depth, it is the position that would be hit by the injury bug, academic concerns, or other mishaps that would exacerbate the situation.

Xvolfan85X writes:

Honestly, I feel like the only miss is not getting one more RB. Bourqe was an awesome get though. We needed D-Line especially DT's and we have Mccullers, O'Brien, and Sentimore who will more than likely be a DE in a 3-4. We also have a shot at landing Kirven on signing day. You throw in Latroy Lewis and Trent Taylor and that is a really good class for the D-Line, which was one of the biggest needs. We also got a playmaker in Alton Howard and have a chance at landing the top JUCO player in Cordarrelle Patterson. I think considering the struggles of the past couple of years and the teams we are recruiting against, Dooley is doing a great job. Next year, depending, will be the year to get "Elite" talent.

wigmeister writes:

in response to Xvolfan85X:

Honestly, I feel like the only miss is not getting one more RB. Bourqe was an awesome get though. We needed D-Line especially DT's and we have Mccullers, O'Brien, and Sentimore who will more than likely be a DE in a 3-4. We also have a shot at landing Kirven on signing day. You throw in Latroy Lewis and Trent Taylor and that is a really good class for the D-Line, which was one of the biggest needs. We also got a playmaker in Alton Howard and have a chance at landing the top JUCO player in Cordarrelle Patterson. I think considering the struggles of the past couple of years and the teams we are recruiting against, Dooley is doing a great job. Next year, depending, will be the year to get "Elite" talent.

AMEN

orange_eVOLution writes:

We're loaded pretty nicely on the O-line.

deputy658 writes:

in response to DougSharp:

"Shurburrt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been"

If UT's recruiters, including Doolfus, wasn't out selling the idea that recruits could realistically compete for a starting position in the spring on an offensive line that was by far and away the absolute WORST in the SEC - then this is reason #412 to make a H.C. change at the end of this year.

You don't have a clue as to what you are talking about. There should be some type of requirement that you can show at least a minimal apptitude for football knowledge before you can comment on an article on this site. This offensive line was one of the best in the country at pass protection. The problem with the run game goes deeper than just the line. Play calling was suspect as well as lack of a standout at RB.

TheVolSnake writes:

You may have missed it but we already have a OL commitment for next year 6'5" 300 pounds Austin Sanders. And signing day there is a lot of surprises so we may still get one this year wont know till everything is said and done.

jamgod writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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I was hoping we had seen the last of your idiotic posts not to mention the fact that every time you post you overwhelmingly show your stupidity but, I guess that shows what wishfull thinking will get you. You, and the other idiots that continually post on here should go find another team to root for. You won't be missed at all and you would make some others extremely happy they don't have to read through your garbage on the way to some other intelligent posts.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to orange_eVOLution:

We're loaded pretty nicely on the O-line.

The good news is that all of the starters are coming back. The bad news is that all of the starters are coming back (rushing 116 of 120).

DonK37920 writes:

The lack of signing quality linemen, especially on the offensive side was the biggest reason for Fulmer's downfall.
I have been wondering about this same thing for the last few weeks but then again we do have one of the youngest offensive lines in the country. You would think we would take at least 1 though?

flatrock writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

"Solid" will not win any championships in the SEC....

Get a life. Your constant trolling on here says more about you than even the garbage that you post.

flatrock writes:

in response to wagee12:

Shurburtt just collided headon with the biggest problem UT has had the last two years in the offensive line, that being that true freshmen and true sophomores had to play. To wit:

"In general, prospects don't have a good sense of their ability," Shurburtt said. "They're used to being told how great they are and are used to playing at the high school level so they naturally assume things are going to be the same at college. It's just not like that.

"Guys look at the depth chart and say 'I'm not going to get off the bench in two years.' In all reality, no matter where they go, they're not going to get off the bench for two years."

The worst thing that could happen to most OL recruits is to throw them onto the field their first year. That first year is best spent with a redshirt and a heavy dose of weight training. CDD did not have that option, unfortunately.

flatrock writes:

CDD inherited a roster that was so devastated that it could not publish a Top 44 depth chart. It also had no offensive center. It also had a QB who still doesn't bother to apply himself enough to learn to read defensive fronts (and check out of bad running plays).

copia69296 writes:

Enough of the articles on what we dont have. How about more info on the 3 that redshirted? Will they be ready this spring? Are they stronger, faster?

Please stop with the Santos stuff. He was waiting on an offer from an in-state school the whole time. He de-committed from Oklahoma State earlier and I am not sure he ever had an available scholarship at Tennessee. Texas filled their needs and had a scholarship left over, then made him an offer. I hope people dont think this one kid was going to save the day by himself.

Snapshot writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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We get it, you don't like CDD. But you know what, no one really cares what you think.

volzcrushm writes:

in response to Pat777:

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Hey Pat777,
That's a good point but, you have to look at the coaching changes too. Boise state has never had a top 50 recruiting class but the right coaching takes a bunch of 2*s and they contend in the top 10 every year.

pickinhick writes:

in response to volzcrushm:

Hey Pat777,
That's a good point but, you have to look at the coaching changes too. Boise state has never had a top 50 recruiting class but the right coaching takes a bunch of 2*s and they contend in the top 10 every year.

I agree that we make too much of stars, where our recruiting class ranks... However, I think Boise would have a different record if they played week after week in the SEC.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to wagee12:

Shurburtt just collided headon with the biggest problem UT has had the last two years in the offensive line, that being that true freshmen and true sophomores had to play. To wit:

"In general, prospects don't have a good sense of their ability," Shurburtt said. "They're used to being told how great they are and are used to playing at the high school level so they naturally assume things are going to be the same at college. It's just not like that.

"Guys look at the depth chart and say 'I'm not going to get off the bench in two years.' In all reality, no matter where they go, they're not going to get off the bench for two years."

The question is why is it just UT that suffers that problem, but on the other hand they can't get the great players to commit in areas where we have a glaring need and early playing time?

We'll see Wednesday just how great Dooley and his staff can recruit.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

You may have missed it but we already have a OL commitment for next year 6'5" 300 pounds Austin Sanders. And signing day there is a lot of surprises so we may still get one this year wont know till everything is said and done.

The district Sanders plays in hasn't been strong the past couple of yrs., and Sanders didn't even make first team all district.

VOLliven2it writes:

in response to DougSharp:

"Shurburrt said the Vols' inability to sell early playing time to the few offensive line prospects they targeted for 2012 may have played a part in them coming away with nothing — even though it shouldn't have been"

If UT's recruiters, including Doolfus, wasn't out selling the idea that recruits could realistically compete for a starting position in the spring on an offensive line that was by far and away the absolute WORST in the SEC - then this is reason #412 to make a H.C. change at the end of this year.

Doug you are just not too Sharp are you? It will be clear at the end of the season if a head coaching change is in order. I just hope that unlike the previous two changes, a plan is in place to get a quality replacement or we will have to again see the junko posts on sites like this by people who only support the Vols in sunny weather.
Finally, I hope the O-line we have steps up and be the quality run blockers many believe they can be. Otherwise, it will be a long and painful season.

cloudodust writes:

The emphasis put on NSD is akin to baseball's spring training, hope springs eternal and all that rot. We'll get what we get and take with that what we get will, first and foremost, want to be Atop Rocky and play for Tennessee.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

We do NOT ned any O linemen this year because all positions are full but next season we'll graduate 2 O linemen and those 2 slots will be filled next year.

For you morons that do NOT know anything it's called building a recruiting ROTATION and CDD is just now getting slots and depth filled at every position to create the solid RECRUITING ROTATION that all schools must have.

Once the recruiting rotation is setup then the coaches know how many positions they need to fill for 2 years in advance and can start going after the best kids and building a relationship in the kids Junior year of High School.

CDD & staff went heavy on O linemen last year because we had no depth and too many open slots that needed to be filled.

People also don't know that it takes 2 or 3 years to teach a O lineman everything they must learn and to get more weight and strength on them so having to throw a freshman into the fire is NOT a good thing but CDD had no other options when he got here and if people THINK they might remember that we WERE playing far too many walkon players the 1st year CDD got here because laMe kiffScum did NOT fill positions of NEED and the ONLY thing he went after were STAR numbers and trying to get a higher ranked recruiting class to make himself look better than he is but he did NOT fill positions where we had serious NEEDS.

Posres/trolls simply PROVE how UNeducated and ignorant they really are with every post.

CDD simply is NOT going anywhere for at least 2 or 3 more years so get over your ignorance and hate of a good, smart man.

It's finally good to see a solid recriuting rotation starting to take shape.

Also remember that in the SEC you are ONLY allowed to recruit 25 players even if you have 35 open schollies so we are finally starting to fill all our schollies too and get the players numbers finally filled back up.

VFL...GBO!!!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to Vo2Vol:

Doug, you are one of those funny guys that thinks that changing the coaches name gives you credibility. We have built up offensive lineman and have 3 redshirt freshman. We have depth and they will be better. Of course, you are also one of those that thinks that turning coaches over every two or three years is somehow healthy. If we take your approach, then we will continue to struggle.

Here is the thing. It is always easy to sit back and attack someone in a position that you could never qualify for and critique performance retrospectively. It would be nice if you and some of the other comedians on this site would man-up and get behind this staff and this team and stop critizing what you really have no damn clue about.

A hearty AMEN!!

VolnPickwick writes:

in response to Vo2Vol:

Doug, you are one of those funny guys that thinks that changing the coaches name gives you credibility. We have built up offensive lineman and have 3 redshirt freshman. We have depth and they will be better. Of course, you are also one of those that thinks that turning coaches over every two or three years is somehow healthy. If we take your approach, then we will continue to struggle.

Here is the thing. It is always easy to sit back and attack someone in a position that you could never qualify for and critique performance retrospectively. It would be nice if you and some of the other comedians on this site would man-up and get behind this staff and this team and stop critizing what you really have no damn clue about.

Well said, and that goes for alot of posters on this site. Also reason 4128 not to read any post from dougsharp.

barefoot43 writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

We do NOT ned any O linemen this year because all positions are full but next season we'll graduate 2 O linemen and those 2 slots will be filled next year.

For you morons that do NOT know anything it's called building a recruiting ROTATION and CDD is just now getting slots and depth filled at every position to create the solid RECRUITING ROTATION that all schools must have.

Once the recruiting rotation is setup then the coaches know how many positions they need to fill for 2 years in advance and can start going after the best kids and building a relationship in the kids Junior year of High School.

CDD & staff went heavy on O linemen last year because we had no depth and too many open slots that needed to be filled.

People also don't know that it takes 2 or 3 years to teach a O lineman everything they must learn and to get more weight and strength on them so having to throw a freshman into the fire is NOT a good thing but CDD had no other options when he got here and if people THINK they might remember that we WERE playing far too many walkon players the 1st year CDD got here because laMe kiffScum did NOT fill positions of NEED and the ONLY thing he went after were STAR numbers and trying to get a higher ranked recruiting class to make himself look better than he is but he did NOT fill positions where we had serious NEEDS.

Posres/trolls simply PROVE how UNeducated and ignorant they really are with every post.

CDD simply is NOT going anywhere for at least 2 or 3 more years so get over your ignorance and hate of a good, smart man.

It's finally good to see a solid recriuting rotation starting to take shape.

Also remember that in the SEC you are ONLY allowed to recruit 25 players even if you have 35 open schollies so we are finally starting to fill all our schollies too and get the players numbers finally filled back up.

VFL...GBO!!!

A refreshing, intelligent comment. A non-prejudicial comment that shows no bias from either side of the argument and is written using that thing between your ears and I would guess some experience rather than most of the comments on this site which come from a combination of flapping gums, trigger happy fingers both of which are connected to their own backside.

Well stated.

VolnPickwick writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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You wouldn't know a real Vol fan if he/she walked up and slapped you silly!

snakeplissken writes:

in response to TitanandVolfan4life:

We do NOT ned any O linemen this year because all positions are full but next season we'll graduate 2 O linemen and those 2 slots will be filled next year.

For you morons that do NOT know anything it's called building a recruiting ROTATION and CDD is just now getting slots and depth filled at every position to create the solid RECRUITING ROTATION that all schools must have.

Once the recruiting rotation is setup then the coaches know how many positions they need to fill for 2 years in advance and can start going after the best kids and building a relationship in the kids Junior year of High School.

CDD & staff went heavy on O linemen last year because we had no depth and too many open slots that needed to be filled.

People also don't know that it takes 2 or 3 years to teach a O lineman everything they must learn and to get more weight and strength on them so having to throw a freshman into the fire is NOT a good thing but CDD had no other options when he got here and if people THINK they might remember that we WERE playing far too many walkon players the 1st year CDD got here because laMe kiffScum did NOT fill positions of NEED and the ONLY thing he went after were STAR numbers and trying to get a higher ranked recruiting class to make himself look better than he is but he did NOT fill positions where we had serious NEEDS.

Posres/trolls simply PROVE how UNeducated and ignorant they really are with every post.

CDD simply is NOT going anywhere for at least 2 or 3 more years so get over your ignorance and hate of a good, smart man.

It's finally good to see a solid recriuting rotation starting to take shape.

Also remember that in the SEC you are ONLY allowed to recruit 25 players even if you have 35 open schollies so we are finally starting to fill all our schollies too and get the players numbers finally filled back up.

VFL...GBO!!!

If we sign 25 players Wednesday we will actually have 87 players on the roster, which is 2 players over the limit of 85. I am sure there will be some more attrition, but number-wise we will have a full roster.

Dooley has no promise beyond 2012 other than a buyout in his contract. If he doesn't win 8 games this year and be competitive in the losses 2012 will be his last. I am not saying that as a wish, but it is a fact.

oldvoltimer62 writes:

Probally a stupid move again by Dooley if I remember we sure could use a little help at the center position.Some of those snaps looked horrible last year and the pressure up the middle was fierce.If Dooley isn't going after any Oline men then coach the ones we have correctly.Just saying GBO!

100000strong writes:

in response to Grantlands_Red_Beans_and_Rice:

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Hey!! What's up Patrick!!!! I was wondering where you were. Now you can crawl back under your rock.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to jawga:

ESPN has him rated #1 MLB & 4*. Scout #5 MLB & 4*. When TN started the 3-4 talk is when Santos decided to look elsewhere. He wasn't going to share the middle with a 3*.

PURE B.S.!!!!! The 3-4 had NOTHING to do with us losing Santos. His in-state school came in with a late offer and he couldn't resist....with some help from his dad pressuring him. I hate to lose him, but I admire him for having pride in who he is and where he's from. There's a lot of Tennessee kids who need to look at Santos and follow his lead by having some pride in where they are from and staying home. Atleast the ones who are good enough.

Tennfan4075 writes:

A whole lot of faith and expectation has been put on a group of players (offensive linemen) that have yet to prove anything other than being ineffective when it comes to run blocking and the pass blocking may be suspect if it were not for Bray's quick release and ability to avoid the rush. Granted some responsibility for lack of rushing has to be given to the lack of quality running backs, but even good backs need some kind of hole to hit. I understand only a certain percentage of personnel can be allocated to the offensive line, but so far I see nothing to convince me the Vols have the right people on board yet. Perhaps one or two offensive linemen destined for depth should be convinced to move on and make room for a younger player with more potential.

rockytopinga writes:

Who needs an offensive line?

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

I normally wouldn't be fine with not taking O-line. But we are loaded. We have all 5 starteres coming back, and the 5 back ups are either RS frosh, or soph. We needed a RB coach, the starting OL isn't as bad as some think. Not having a RB coach can't be underestimated, some just can't understand this. We needed D-Line in this class BAAAAAD! And we look to be doing good in that dept.

LT-Tiny Richardson
LG-Marcus Jackson
C-Mack Crowder
RG-Kyler Kerbyson
RT-Alan Posey

This is our future O-Line. If that doesn't excite you, something is wrong. Tiny Richardson is a future 1st round pick. I'm talking possible top 10-15 pick. Dominant LTs are at a premium in the draft, and this dude is the real deal.

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