John Adams: Vols building junior college tradition

Tennessee fans have several obvious reasons to be encouraged about the upcoming football season: 20 starters return, the schedule is easier than last season's, and Kentucky wide receiver/quarterback Matt Roark has graduated.

Fans also have a not-so-obvious reason to be more optimistic: junior college recruiting.

It might not show up in a listing of the program's assets. But just because it doesn't have the sudden impact of a 100,000-plus-seat stadium, it shouldn't be overlooked — especially if you are revisiting the 1990s or envisioning a better tomorrow after back-to-back 6-7 seasons.

Third-year UT coach Derek Dooley hasn't based his rebuilding program heavily on junior college recruits. He has used them to help revitalize a badly depleted roster.

"The reality is we don't sign junior college kids to develop them," he said. "We're signing all of those guys to help us win the first game."

Khambrel Garland can't help UT win its first game this season. He could help the Vols in 2013 if he so chooses. The defensive back from Arizona Western visited UT this week and said he has been offered a scholarship.

You would assume the Vols tried to sell him on their tradition. They also might have mentioned that junior college transfers are a part of their tradition.

The 1990s are best remembered by UT fans for Phillip Fulmer finishing what Johnny Majors started; for Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning, Tee Martin and Al Wilson; for depth charts stacked with future NFL running backs.

One of those running backs was a junior college transfer. Charlie Garner, who once rushed for 430 yards in a single game on behalf of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College, later led the Vols in rushing in 1992 and 1993 on his way to the NFL.

All-American safety Dale Carter carried UT's junior college banner before Garner. Another junior college transfer, defensive end Chris Mims, made first-team All-SEC in 1991.

A few years later,

Leonard Little arrived with high expectations and promptly lived up to them. The junior college defensive end made first-team All-American in 1997 and twice made first-team All-SEC.

In the early 2000s, junior college transfers continued their contributions to UT football. Aubrayo Franklin started at defensive tackle in 2002 alongside another junior college transfer, end Demetrin Veal.

That same year, junior college recruits (and future pros) Gibril Wilson and Julian Battle started in UT's secondary. Battle made first-team All-SEC. Two years later, junior college defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona made All-American.

In the last 15 years, more than half of UT's junior college signees have started at least one season. The track record is worth noting in light of the post-spring starting lineup, which included four former junior college players — tight end Mychal Rivera, defensive tackle Maurice Couch, safety Byron Moore and defensive end Darrington Sentimore.

Sentimore earned a starting position after enrolling at UT in January. He was joined this summer by another junior college signee, massive defensive tackle Daniel McCullers. Next, the Vols await the July enrollment of their most celebrated signee, wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

Patterson supposedly has the physical attributes — specifically size and speed — to succeed at the college level. There are no guarantees for a successful transition, though.

"If you look at historical data, what's the percentage of guys meeting their expectations coming out of junior college?" Dooley said. "It's probably less than half."

But recent history and the depth chart prove the odds are better at UT.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns

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volspaws writes:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

lyafarre writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

Yeah, you'll never find players like Cam Newton or Nick Fairley coming out of the Juco ranks.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

It took about three seconds to think of Cam Newton, Mount Cody, and Nick Farley. Jessie Williams and Dequan Menzie can be added with Mount Cody as JUCO players that saw great success at Alabama. And the article clearly states that a huge reason Dooley has went for so many JUCOs is because we lacked so much depth.

duck_in_a_pen writes:

Sad that Adams covers this stuff for a living and doesn't know our 2011 record... "after back-to-back 6-7 seasons." would have expected anyone but Adams to give us an extra win last year!

jack4444 writes:

Until the roster gets back to SEC depth, JUCO's are gonna be important. Dooley's brought in some size and age UT badly needed.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to duck_in_a_pen:

Sad that Adams covers this stuff for a living and doesn't know our 2011 record... "after back-to-back 6-7 seasons." would have expected anyone but Adams to give us an extra win last year!

He included a moral victory. Lane had a few of those. ut has had many over the years.

lyafarre writes:

in response to duck_in_a_pen:

Sad that Adams covers this stuff for a living and doesn't know our 2011 record... "after back-to-back 6-7 seasons." would have expected anyone but Adams to give us an extra win last year!

Adams' summer intern wrote this article. Adams, himself, is scuba diving in Cancun. He's going to be very upset when he hears about this error.

DonK37920 writes:

in response to lyafarre:

Yeah, you'll never find players like Cam Newton or Nick Fairley coming out of the Juco ranks.

Or that Cody kid that played for Bama a couple of years ago? How did he do against Tennessee that Year? Also on that same Bama team OL starter James Carpenter was a JUCO and a first round draft pick? Should we go on or will he just find another way to complain?

BrewinBro writes:

My first comment is that I wish John Adams might get a real job and quit writing aticles just to stir things up. I don't think that is going to happen! Derek Dooley is trying to win right now, and if it's JC players, so be it. Coach's job is on the line this year and he knows it. I hope the Vols win 10 ballgames and the HS recruiting turns around.

As long as people comment on the BS writing that John Adams does, he will continue to write his BS articles!

lyafarre writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

He included a moral victory. Lane had a few of those. ut has had many over the years.

Does trolling on UT-related sites count as your moral victory?

DonK37920 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

It took about three seconds to think of Cam Newton, Mount Cody, and Nick Farley. Jessie Williams and Dequan Menzie can be added with Mount Cody as JUCO players that saw great success at Alabama. And the article clearly states that a huge reason Dooley has went for so many JUCOs is because we lacked so much depth.

Sorry didn't see that you had already mentioned Cody when I posted. And a few I hadn't thought of yet. The more I see what Bama and Auburn did, the more I like Dooley's plan. He comes form the Saban coaching tree so it's no wonder. Bama was in a bad situation when Saban came in so he recruited key JUCOs to get some depth. Auburn hires a new coach and then gets JUCOs to replace the natural attrition from coaching changes. Dooley's nightmare was that he had twice the attrition because of 2 coaching changes.
Seriously it's a minor miracle what Dooley has done recruiting wise based on the last 4 years of Tennessee football. EVERYONE said that Dooley had 3 years based on the situation he inherited. This is year 3! Hold the complaints till after the season!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to DonK37920:

Sorry didn't see that you had already mentioned Cody when I posted. And a few I hadn't thought of yet. The more I see what Bama and Auburn did, the more I like Dooley's plan. He comes form the Saban coaching tree so it's no wonder. Bama was in a bad situation when Saban came in so he recruited key JUCOs to get some depth. Auburn hires a new coach and then gets JUCOs to replace the natural attrition from coaching changes. Dooley's nightmare was that he had twice the attrition because of 2 coaching changes.
Seriously it's a minor miracle what Dooley has done recruiting wise based on the last 4 years of Tennessee football. EVERYONE said that Dooley had 3 years based on the situation he inherited. This is year 3! Hold the complaints till after the season!

Agree. The former Vols listed in the article above were studs.

tovolny writes:

Even though the name, John Adams, didn't appear until the end of this article, I bet everybody knew about mid-way through the first paragraph that John was getting in his jibes. According to a few folks with whom I have recently spoken, John isn't trying to diss UT as much as most of us think. They contend that John is attempting to point out the bad spots in the Big Orange as a means of informing us fans that the bad spots are there. They say he feels if the bad can be seasoned with a little comedy, the bad spots will go away. They say John is the most misunderstood person in Knoxville. One poster pointed out to me three or four years ago that I should learn to appreciate the irony of John's work. I thought this was ridiculous then, but recently I have been giving John the benefit of doubt and trying to understand what John is trying to do. John loved that Titanic parable, but I was really turned off by it, and I thought it was inappropriate. I feel that John hits us with stinging stuff at the worst possible time. But maybe he is addressing the situation boldly so that we can rectify it in post haste. I really need help trying to understand John. Maybe some of you could help me out. Could it be that what seems like a Trojan Horse could actually be filled with wine, honey and candy?? I need some help here.

givehim6 writes:

If it takes JUCO's to get a 8 win season so be it. I remember atime a 8 win season was a head droping thing, now I pray for 8 wins. But still Love m Vols!

RashaadSalabeb writes:

JUCO players are an important part of most teams. Go get the good players...whatever it takes.

Go Vols!

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

JUCO....SCHMUCO.....who cares? It that is what it takes until CDD can build some depth and experience so be it. The little bottom-feeding trolls on here would be b******g no matter what CDD does. Remember...a troll is a terrible thing to feed. GO VOLS. GO DOOLEY.

Southland writes:

I take issue with the tone of the article but mostly with saying Fulmer finished what Majors started. I am sorry if this offends anyone but Johnny Majors was good one to three years followed by a bad season and then mediocre season. I remember when people joked about him being in his 10th year of rebuilding or 11th or 12th. Fulmer took us to a level we had not been and would not have reached otherwise. Then he let the program decline but not before giving us 10+ years of the best football in fifty years

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Pretty much every college takes a few jucos. Its plainly stated in the article Fulmer hit some homeruns with jucos in the 90's.

It should also be noted the roster is full of red-shirt players, the roster has several listed and Dooley has them spread out pretty even for each class he has signed.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to lyafarre:

Yeah, you'll never find players like Cam Newton or Nick Fairley coming out of the Juco ranks.

Or like the guys Adams listed in the article.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Southland:

I take issue with the tone of the article but mostly with saying Fulmer finished what Majors started. I am sorry if this offends anyone but Johnny Majors was good one to three years followed by a bad season and then mediocre season. I remember when people joked about him being in his 10th year of rebuilding or 11th or 12th. Fulmer took us to a level we had not been and would not have reached otherwise. Then he let the program decline but not before giving us 10+ years of the best football in fifty years

Apparently, a lot of people also don't know how Majors won that national championship at Pitt before UT hired him. He took the Pitt job, which was a rebuilding job, under the condition that the university fund him signing 50 players per year for the first few years (4 I think), then when the NCAA announced they were going to institute limits, he went back and got approval to sign 75 players in one class! Talk about building depth in a hurry.

hueypilot writes:

I think everybody is too hard on Adams. What can you dispute in the article he wrote? I know his dig about the KY QB but get over it. They finally won after three decades. Had to happen and just as glad it happened in a s$#t season as ruining another one.

Juco guys fill dedicated needs at a specific position. Dale Carter, Gibril Wilson, Leonard Little. Yeah, who would want those guys?

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Thanks, JA. Getting kind of bored in between seasons. Any UT article is appreciated this time of year.

snakeplissken writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

You're assuming that Dooley knows how to develop players. Go back and review the last game of Dooley's second full season and tell me if Dooley had coached the players up mentally and physically enough to beat a terrible Kentucky team, riddled with injuries, and playing a benchwarming wide receiver as quarterback.

Bring on the JUCO's. At least they've had some good coaching!

CrankE writes:

John Adams. The Debbie Jennings of sportswriters.

Say, isn't it about time for the annual "Majors Still Bitter" column?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BrewinBro:

My first comment is that I wish John Adams might get a real job and quit writing aticles just to stir things up. I don't think that is going to happen! Derek Dooley is trying to win right now, and if it's JC players, so be it. Coach's job is on the line this year and he knows it. I hope the Vols win 10 ballgames and the HS recruiting turns around.

As long as people comment on the BS writing that John Adams does, he will continue to write his BS articles!

Brewin,

Correct sir. One thing Adams always does is bring up the WR-QB and the Kentucky game. He mentions that game in every article, as if Vol fans don't know about it. It least he got that little jab out of the way early in the article.

Adams is the champion of understatements.
What a classic example of a Siler impersonator.

SevenT writes:

Why didn't the article mention JUCO QB Matt Sims?

springtx_vol writes:

John Adams could write that the sky is blue and half of the folks above would call him an idiot. What is it with you people?

On to topic, let's see if I have the numbers right. Approximately half of the JUCO players that UT has signed over the years have been at least productive while at UT. We get them for at least two years, some for three. To me, that seems like pretty goods odds. If approximately half of the recruits that come in as true freshmen were that successful, UT would be winning the SEC every year. At best 25 to 30 percent of the average freshman class is productive at a school.

In today's arena of scrutiny on releasing players and limits on over signing, every school needs a few JUCO players to help with roster management. Plus, young men at 18 are usually not fully developed. They continue to grow and mature. A lot of these kids get overlooked the first time through.

Does anyone remember a young basketball player at Navy named David Robinson. He was a later blooming version of Anthony Davis. Davis, from the game reports, was a 6-3 guard until his junior/senior year in high school and ended up a 7-0 center when he entered Kentucky. Robinson was 5-9 as a HS junior, 6-7 when he went to Navy, and ended up a 7-0 Hall of Fame Center in the NBA.

I say take the top 25 JUCO players every year and forget about the high schoolers. Just kidding. But taking the top 3 to 5 JUCO players every year can't help but to make your team better.

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

He included a moral victory. Lane had a few of those. ut has had many over the years.

^^^^^^^^^MORON!

PUL4VOLS writes:

Why can't we just move on from that last game last year? One..two...three...trolls materialize. That game IS Behind us now but not the Behind that IS JOHN ADAMS!

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

That was a really good article. Some of you just come on here to whine.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

I'm not sure what Adams' actual point is in this article. Is he saying Dooley is building some kind of Juco tradition?

Well, if you look back at past classes, starting with 2002, there have been at least two Juco signees in every class but one. That was 2005. 26 total in 11 years (not counting 2013, since that one's not signed yet). Fulmer always went after a couple of top Juco players. The only thing Dooley has done that stands out, is that he signed five Juco players in his first class (2010). That really makes perfect sense too, because he really needed to try to bulk up the upperclasses, and Jucos are the way.

Voltman writes:

in response to CantCompare:

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Better Yet how bout we grayshirt him then go back on our word of letting him come on to the field. (PUN intended)

mytrifecta writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

That was a really good article. Some of you just come on here to whine.

I concur doctor. I'm normally not an Adams fan but this was a great article...plus the line about the KY qb/ wr graduating made me laugh so hard my coffee came out my nose.

HighPlainsVol writes:

in response to lyafarre:

Yeah, you'll never find players like Cam Newton or Nick Fairley coming out of the Juco ranks.

Or going further back O.J. Simpson. Lousy human being, but one of the alltime great RBs.

CCLC writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

It took about three seconds to think of Cam Newton, Mount Cody, and Nick Farley. Jessie Williams and Dequan Menzie can be added with Mount Cody as JUCO players that saw great success at Alabama. And the article clearly states that a huge reason Dooley has went for so many JUCOs is because we lacked so much depth.

Let's add an* to Fairly and Newton. Newton was a 5 star and was at Florida before he blew himself up. Fairly originally signed with Auburn and failed to qualify. I don't think you make a living off of signing JuCos. It has it's place. Miss State has signed 31 JuCo's in 4 years. Williams is an Aussie that didn't play fb until he was 15. Menzie went in the 5th round.
just sayin'

cincivol writes:

in response to lyafarre:

Yeah, you'll never find players like Cam Newton or Nick Fairley coming out of the Juco ranks.

Nice comeback. Now thats some funny stuff.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

No one will be happier for the season to begin than Coach Dooley. We have some players. Now we need a little luck to remain healthy. If we get that, we will have some fun. If we beat Florida, it will be a very good first step. They own us. It's time to even the score....This is how traditions are started....

senracjr writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

You can't read well can you? And if you were intelligent enough football wise you would know that EVERY football program in the nation recruits Jucos.

govolsn3 writes:

A good JUCO sign is one that comes in and contributes not neccessarily starts. No need in bringing one in for two years to put on a practice squad. JUCO'S are a very fine line in the scheme of things but sometime you hit a jewel.

FWBVol writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

The roster Derek Dooley inherited required him to go get some JUCO players. They do offer a quick fix in many situations.

As for signing, redshirting and developing players, in concept the thought is good, but most programs don't have that luxury any longer. Kids come out of high school wanting to play immediately and will oftern opt for the school that tells them they will be on the field as a true freshman.

Some kids understand they need to develop, and are willing to wait a year to get on the field and two or three years before they will really contribute. The thing is a lot of fans complain that those are the kids that don't have the four or five stars by their name that they believe are needed to win big.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

Vols with two new commits. QB Riley ferguson from NC and LB Zach Barnes from Ga. Barnes is under the radar, has only played 2 years of HS football. Also teammate of the nations #1player. He has NFL bloodlines as well.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

OrangeHeart writes:

I have to say. I usually Don't like reading JA's stories, but excluding the first unneeded paragraph it was actually not a bad article. I had forgotten that a lot of those players listed had come out of JUCO.

Dooley is doing a fine job recruiting. I like the staff we have in place now. This is the year they have to show they can coach us to wins. If we can win this season (8+), we'll pick up some of those 4 and 5 stars that are holding out for 2013 IMO.

We're on the right track, but the next step is a biggy....Winning!

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to CrankE:

John Adams. The Debbie Jennings of sportswriters.

Say, isn't it about time for the annual "Majors Still Bitter" column?

The Player, The Coach, The Legend. JOHNNY MAJORS!!!!!!!

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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They said on the radio that his family has always liked Tennessee. The concern with the LB is that he's been a bit under the radar. But he's been waiting on a UGA offer, so some are concerned with what he'll do if he does get one.

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to volspaws:

An SEC program built upon junior college recruits is a losing program....how about signing 18 year old high school seniors, redshirting them for a year, and putting them on the field after they've been in your system for 2 or 3 years? One can only hope that Dooley is leaning on juco players out of desperatuon and not because he sees them as a solid, sound way to build a program. How many jucos are the top programs in the country signing? Not many.

The quickest way to go 0-12 would be to follow your logic. Since only juniors and seniors would have played here is what your roster would have looked like last year. You obviously are a football savant so please tell me how you would win with no QB, no kicker, no tight end, no punter, 2 offensive lineman, and three defensive linemen.

Zack Allen DB
Daryl Vereen LB
Marsalis Teague DB
Robert Yonce DB
Rod Wilks DB
Prentiss Waggner DB
Art Evans DB
Tauren Poole TB
Shane Reveiz LB
Herman Lathers LB
Anthony Anderson WR
C.J. Fleming DB
Grant Jessen LB
Ben Bartholomew FB
Austin Johnson LB
Chris Cates WR
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton LB
Greg King LB
Jake Storey LB
Nick Guess DS
Carson Anderson OL
Dallas Thomas OL
Cory Eichholtz WR
Zach Rogers WR
Willie Bohannon DL
Steven Fowlkes DL
Ben Martin DL

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CCLC:

Let's add an* to Fairly and Newton. Newton was a 5 star and was at Florida before he blew himself up. Fairly originally signed with Auburn and failed to qualify. I don't think you make a living off of signing JuCos. It has it's place. Miss State has signed 31 JuCo's in 4 years. Williams is an Aussie that didn't play fb until he was 15. Menzie went in the 5th round.
just sayin'

Wasn't current UT JUCO signee Cordarelle Patterson a 5-star out of HS? Lots of reasons why really good players go to JUCO first. Nobody said UT was basing its program on JUCO's. Just like darn every other program, they sign the ones they think can help right away. Sometimes that's one or two guys and sometimes it's five or more.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to SevenT:

Why didn't the article mention JUCO QB Matt Sims?

They were trying to mention only good juco players..

volspaws writes:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

The quickest way to go 0-12 would be to follow your logic. Since only juniors and seniors would have played here is what your roster would have looked like last year. You obviously are a football savant so please tell me how you would win with no QB, no kicker, no tight end, no punter, 2 offensive lineman, and three defensive linemen.

Zack Allen DB
Daryl Vereen LB
Marsalis Teague DB
Robert Yonce DB
Rod Wilks DB
Prentiss Waggner DB
Art Evans DB
Tauren Poole TB
Shane Reveiz LB
Herman Lathers LB
Anthony Anderson WR
C.J. Fleming DB
Grant Jessen LB
Ben Bartholomew FB
Austin Johnson LB
Chris Cates WR
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton LB
Greg King LB
Jake Storey LB
Nick Guess DS
Carson Anderson OL
Dallas Thomas OL
Cory Eichholtz WR
Zach Rogers WR
Willie Bohannon DL
Steven Fowlkes DL
Ben Martin DL

I'll repeat it...the quickest way to further irrelevance is a reliance on juco players...what the reliance on jucos truly shows is the lack of excitement around Dooley's program among elite high school players....the fact that this staff was unable to land an elite running back last year--one capable of starting from day 1--speaks volumes....I'm pulling for Dooley and hope he gets things turned around this year, but it's time to stop sugarcoating things and making excuses for him. Getting elite players (something he hasn't proven he can consistently do) is half the battle. He then has to see to it that they're coached up...Quick, tell me, who's coaching our kickers and punters right now?

cloudodust writes:

Does the island of Samoa have a junior college..? If so CDD, please visit...

MetroplexMojo writes:

in response to volspaws:

I'll repeat it...the quickest way to further irrelevance is a reliance on juco players...what the reliance on jucos truly shows is the lack of excitement around Dooley's program among elite high school players....the fact that this staff was unable to land an elite running back last year--one capable of starting from day 1--speaks volumes....I'm pulling for Dooley and hope he gets things turned around this year, but it's time to stop sugarcoating things and making excuses for him. Getting elite players (something he hasn't proven he can consistently do) is half the battle. He then has to see to it that they're coached up...Quick, tell me, who's coaching our kickers and punters right now?

If UT is relying on JUCOs as much in 2014 as they will in 2012, that is a major issue. Jucos carry a risk since there is a reason why the kid is a JUCO. For every $cam Newton, you have a Lanier that doesn't go to class. With all that being said, UT has major holes that they need filled immediately. Coach Dooley, after the UK loss, does not have the luxury of waiting on freshmen to develop.

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