O-for-October: Clowney sacks Vols' chances

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney pressures Tyler Bray on a pass play at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

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South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney pressures Tyler Bray on a pass play at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

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South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton, left, makes an interception on a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL South Carolina cornerback Victor Hampton, left, makes an interception on a pass intended for Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — "The end zone,'' said Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera, "it was right there.

"We were one play away from getting that touchdown.''

Whether it's one mile, one quarter, one possession or one play, the Vols can't seem to get there.

Thus, Saturday ended like UT's other matches with ranked SEC rivals — just another dose of frustration to stomach, both inside and outside the locker room.

Maybe the Vols were just one play from the end zone, but 17th-ranked South Carolina made the play to deny them.

Jadeveon Clowney's sack that forced a Tyler Bray fumble with 1:08 to play essentially preserved a 38-35 victory for the Gamecocks before a crowd of 80,250 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Tennessee fought almost all the way back from a 35-21 second-half deficit, but still suffered its fourth consecutive loss and begins November 0-5 in the SEC for the third consecutive year.

The Vols (3-5, 0-5 SEC) saw Zach Rogers have a career game with three touchdown catches on a day when UT lit up the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2) for 472 yards.

The rub — predictably — was that South Carolina lit up the Tennessee defense for 510 yards and quarterback Connor Shaw became the latest adversary to pad his stats and fashion a highlight video at UT's expense.

Shaw threw three touchdowns and ran for another.

"Same old song and dance in SEC games,'' said coach Derek Dooley, whose approval rating becomes more precarious by the week.

"That is our identity,'' Dooley said. "Give up a lot of big plays, keep fighting, try to hunker down and win at the end.

"So far that identity has got us 3-5.''

Tennessee never led, found itself in a hole but didn't go down quietly.

Alton Howard's 13-yard TD pass to Rivera on the first play of the fourth quarter cut South Carolina's lead to 35-28.

Then the defense at least held the Gamecocks to a field goal that made it 38-28 with 10 minutes left.

Four plays later, Bray spotted Rogers for a 22-yard touchdown pass and it was 38-35. Plenty of time left.

South Carolina drove into UT territory, but a game that had been turnover-free produced three in the final five minutes.

The first was an interception by Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers at the Vols' 19 that sent Bray and company back on the field.

A 7-yard pass to Rogers converted a fourth down at the South Carolina 35. Then Marlin Lane burst for 16 yards to the 19.

If not the end zone, at least the Vols were in range for Michael Palardy to try a field goal to force overtime.

However, on first down at the 19, Clowney, the pass-rushing terror, finally got to Bray, knocking the ball loose as Bray tried to pass.

Gamecock linebacker Shaq Wilson fell on the football with 1:08 to play.

"Jadaveon Clowney wins the game for us,'' said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, alluding to the Gamecocks' first sack of the day and only the fourth UT has allowed all season.

"Coach (Lorenzo) Ward and I had the same idea about the middle of the fourth quarter, to let him rush from the inside. Sure enough, we put him inside, where that (UT) back had to double on him.

"I thought Tennessee would tell that back to wait on him inside, but he stayed on the outside.''

The Vols still had a pulse, though.

They forced a South Carolina punt, but had to use all three timeouts to stop the clock.

On third down, Shaw appeared to be run out of bounds, but Dooley called his third and final timeout.

"I thought he was out of bounds,'' Dooley said, "but (the official) wound it up (to signal the clock should keep running) and I didn't have time to argue about it.''

Tyler Hull boomed a 51-yard punt, pinning the Vols at their 16 with 36 seconds on the clock.

Bray launched a second-down pass deep for Justin Hunter. South Carolina's Victor Hampton was there too and came up with a tough interception that finally closed the deal.

South Carolina has won three in a row from UT for the first time. However, the Gamecocks' celebration was muted.

Sophomore tailback Marcus Lattimore left the field on a cart in the second quarter after suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury.

Lattimore had already scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to put South Carolina on top 21-7.

Shaw threw TD passes of 33 yards to Bruce Ellington, 26 yards to Rory Anderson and 24 yards to Ace Sanders. He also scored on a 1-yard keeper.

Bray was 27-of-43 passing for 368 yards. His TD passes to Rogers covered 8, 37 and 22 yards. He also connected with Vincent Dallas for a 61-yard score.

"He played a great game,'' said Dooley, "but had an unfortunate ending to a great game.''

Tennessee's defense was in reverse gear the entire first half, gashed for 296 yards. In the second half, the Vols did better, allowing 214 yards and only 10 points.

"You can tell we're a better team than the last two years,'' Lathers said. "But to the fans and outsiders, they want results and we're not giving 'em results.''

Not the kind of results they want.

"We've had so many games like this,'' said Bray. "It's hard.''

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Moesart writes:

It's the third straight season Tennessee has opened 0-5 in the SEC. Tennessee will be lucky to get a victory in the SEC at all this year.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Clowney got in just once. Tiny became a millionaire today.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Moesart:

It's the third straight season Tennessee has opened 0-5 in the SEC. Tennessee will be lucky to get a victory in the SEC at all this year.

going to be underdog with Vandy. Got to be another piece of history in the books. I still think 7-5 is going to happen.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

sad day for fans,team all arround,they played thier heart out but we need a new coach...that secondary coach is plum awlful..just awlful.Hopefully Gruden will come help us out.Ive been a Dooley fan but i dont see changes being made to overcome mistakes being made.Dooley is a good guy but it aint getting the job done

TrouserCough writes:

0fer Oct. three years running

IdahoVol writes:

in response to Moesart:

It's the third straight season Tennessee has opened 0-5 in the SEC. Tennessee will be lucky to get a victory in the SEC at all this year.

Dumb comment. We have lost to 5 ranked teams but have Missouri, Vandy and UK left. Finish 7-5 and a bowl. Not saying that's acceptable but to say we won't beat any of those three is crazy.

Govols1995 writes:

For you morons who want Kirby Smart as the next coach FORGET IT. This would be another Sunseri hire. A coach who has no expirence at being a head coach. We need a big name coach, and we need him NOW. The Haslams can dish out big money, and get Gruden. We should have never fired Fulmer anyway.

ColdBlackWind writes:

So many "Why's" in this game. Why do you double team or chip Clowney all day and when you really need it try to block him with one guy??? Also, our defensive front 7 continue to look like they are painted on the opposing blockers. We can't get off a block and when we do we fall down. Embarassing doesn't even come close to describing it. We look like we are playing with 9 guys on defense most of the time.

woodcutter writes:

The bad news is that the Vols are no longer a factor in SEC football. The good news is I think I will save my money and forget about going to any more games. I am certainly not interested in going to MAC, SCC, etc. games!

abnerPeabody writes:

Go Gatas! Around the bowl and down the hole describes the Gators tonight.Still not an unbeaten season ever for the Gatas.Thanks Georgia. Tonight you are my favorite team.

Bourbon-please writes:

Wonder has Vandy & KY ever shredded UT for 500 yds? They got a good chance this year.... These opposing QB's coming up must be licking their chops....

FWBVol writes:

in response to Moesart:

It's the third straight season Tennessee has opened 0-5 in the SEC. Tennessee will be lucky to get a victory in the SEC at all this year.

As I stated in a post on another story, let's be realistic about the three straight years of starting 0-5 in SEC play. Yes, that number is a fact, but there's more to it than a blanket statement condemning Derek Dooley and the program.

Two years ago, Dooley's first year, we had zero experience on the offensive line and at QB. Dooley was left with one offensive lineman, Dallas Thomas, that had ever started a game and he only had something like three or four starts. The rest of the offensive linemen were freshmen in 2010 and that line has now become a strength of the team.

The 2010 UT squad was the youngest team in the nation and was playing several players under the alotted number of scholarships allowed.

Back up to last year. We played the toughest schedule in the SEC. We were the only team from the East to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU from the West and we still had to play Florida and Georgia. Speaking of Florida and Georgia, Hunter tears up his knee on the first offensive series against Florida and Bray breaks his hand against Georgia.

This year has been frustrating because the defense has been awful, but our five SEC losses have all come to teams that, other than Mississippi State have been ranked in the top five at one time or another this year and MSU was undefeated coming into tonight's game with Alabama that the Bulldogs are losing.

I'm not going for moral victories and I'm tired of close losses, but this is a game we played well enough to win. The horse-collar call in the second quarter on what would have been a Tennessee fumble recovery in USC territory was a bad call and the no call on what should have been an intentional grounding penalty a few plays later was even worse.

Our schedule has been front end heavy and back end light for years. Move the Georgia or Florida game to November and move Vandy, Kentucky or Missouri to the front of our schedule and in none of the last three years would we have started 0-5 in SEC play.

It's easy to spout off what the TV talking heads are pointing out, but let's look at the big picture before going into our Chicken Little and the sky is falling routine.

Am I satisfied with where the program is now? No. Do I think Dooley needs to win now? Yes, the time is now. We can still win out and make a decent bowl game and next year will be the key for Dooley.

Derek Dooley took a Tennessee job nobody seemed to want and has laid a foundation for success. We do need more players that will make plays on defense. And if Dooley does survive this year, next year will be the year for him to turn things around or get fired.

sly_stone99#434111 writes:

Dooley needs to release Sal on Monday.But he want. Now the CupCake schedule enters and if you really can get excited about that then god bless you.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Respectable but not Acceptable loss; the Vols just need a defense. That is the bottom line and a big part of all the 0-fors. But the season is not over. Hey can we just stop the "we should never have fired Fulmer" stuff? It is absolutely meaningless at this point.

mcdevitt#229126 writes:

Sat at the game today and watched up play in absolute slow motion. Our defense is the worst even. Never thought that I would say I miss the all zone defense Chief played at the end of games. The front seven get zero pressure on the QB and secondary is awful.

Bray missed a number of throws and made bad decisions on a couple more. Several times he had receivers open underneath but tried to throw a home run ball on 3rd down and missed.

We meed more discipline and this is truly coaching. Dooley is an @ss and players do not respect him on the other coaches. Why do you think our defensive coordinator left and went to Washington. We go from top 20 in defense to bottom 20 in a matter of a season.

arkansasvol1975 writes:

Sal Sunseri lost Derek Dooley his job. But hell, Dooley will get over $5 million, Sunseri will get $1.75 million for what? Derek Dooley can not coach.

Go look at Hugh Freeze at Ole Miss when yall talk about depleted roster and tell me what he is doing. That man can coach! Next year, Freeze is gonna be beating some big teams while all yall Dooley fans are still hoping for 6 wins from a "depleted roster" team.

tennesseefan2 writes:

we stink at recruiting...

If UT waits to see if Dooley can get any recruits this year, it may be too late. There is no excitement about UT.

shorttail writes:

for those that watched the games today, it's all about defense. tn. could score 60 points and still lose by 10

merlin0152 writes:

Most have pointed to Sunseri as a complete failure with our defense - deservedly so, but I found a recent article that states that he is the highest paid staff member:
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/firing-d...
Article states he would be owed $1.84 million. Unbelievable! How does that happen?!! Who is negotiating these contracts for failure? Just a linebackers coach, unproven as a DC....Hart --> Alabama, Sunseri --> Alabama....something's not right in Rocky Top.

bspurlingcac#225603 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

As I stated in a post on another story, let's be realistic about the three straight years of starting 0-5 in SEC play. Yes, that number is a fact, but there's more to it than a blanket statement condemning Derek Dooley and the program.

Two years ago, Dooley's first year, we had zero experience on the offensive line and at QB. Dooley was left with one offensive lineman, Dallas Thomas, that had ever started a game and he only had something like three or four starts. The rest of the offensive linemen were freshmen in 2010 and that line has now become a strength of the team.

The 2010 UT squad was the youngest team in the nation and was playing several players under the alotted number of scholarships allowed.

Back up to last year. We played the toughest schedule in the SEC. We were the only team from the East to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU from the West and we still had to play Florida and Georgia. Speaking of Florida and Georgia, Hunter tears up his knee on the first offensive series against Florida and Bray breaks his hand against Georgia.

This year has been frustrating because the defense has been awful, but our five SEC losses have all come to teams that, other than Mississippi State have been ranked in the top five at one time or another this year and MSU was undefeated coming into tonight's game with Alabama that the Bulldogs are losing.

I'm not going for moral victories and I'm tired of close losses, but this is a game we played well enough to win. The horse-collar call in the second quarter on what would have been a Tennessee fumble recovery in USC territory was a bad call and the no call on what should have been an intentional grounding penalty a few plays later was even worse.

Our schedule has been front end heavy and back end light for years. Move the Georgia or Florida game to November and move Vandy, Kentucky or Missouri to the front of our schedule and in none of the last three years would we have started 0-5 in SEC play.

It's easy to spout off what the TV talking heads are pointing out, but let's look at the big picture before going into our Chicken Little and the sky is falling routine.

Am I satisfied with where the program is now? No. Do I think Dooley needs to win now? Yes, the time is now. We can still win out and make a decent bowl game and next year will be the key for Dooley.

Derek Dooley took a Tennessee job nobody seemed to want and has laid a foundation for success. We do need more players that will make plays on defense. And if Dooley does survive this year, next year will be the year for him to turn things around or get fired.

Great Post! You get it!

Hopefully others will get it by the end of the season...if Dooley can get to the end of the season.

tuvol4u (Inactive) writes:

The defense just cant stay in these games to keep the offense going for us. We cant keep playing catch up every time.

Ive said it before but this is why we needed Da'Rick around. Hunter has dropped so many catches now I dont think he can get his mind right. With Da'Rick, you had catches in the clutch and he was dependable (off field transgretions aside).

Its a fact that Justin Hunter is not NFL material right now. He seems more pouty than Bray does when things arent going right. He doesnt fight for yardage after the catch, just lays down. Im glad Zach Rodgers is there playing like he belongs and wants to be there. The results speak for themselves.

Im still not in the fire Dooley camp. Im more likely in the fire Sunseri camp. Why oh why didnt they just promote lance thompson to DC so the players on defense actually knew what they where doing?

Laydbakvol writes:

We've lost 5 games to teams currently ranked in the top 15 in the BCS. I don't think any ranked team has had that kind of schedule up to now. And of those 5 games, only Alabama's was over before the 4th quarter. We've made ton's of progress, just not in the one category many fans care about. Most people predicted 4 or 5 losses. Who were we supposed to lose to? Of course it's hard to stomach losing to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, but everyone, myself included, thought Dooley should have 3 years, so let him have his 3 years. Then look objectively to see where we are compared to when he took over.

69vol08 writes:

in response to Govols1995:

For you morons who want Kirby Smart as the next coach FORGET IT. This would be another Sunseri hire. A coach who has no expirence at being a head coach. We need a big name coach, and we need him NOW. The Haslams can dish out big money, and get Gruden. We should have never fired Fulmer anyway.

Please explain why Gruden would be a good idea. Has he EVER been a head coach in college? Was he a great NFL head coach? I just don't get why people act like he would be the savior of UT football.

Our next coach needs to have successful head coaching experience at the college level and at least significant assistant coaching experience in the SEC. Gruden's only college coaching experience was as a grad assistant at UT in late 80s and was a fair at best NFL coach. His Super Bowl win was arguably with a team Tony Dungy built. If you listen to him on Monday Night Football he sounds like a moron. I think if we hire him we would spend millions on a disaster!

tnvol34 writes:

Another game we should have won! Are we cursed, or what? Really thought we had this one,only needed twenty yards. Clowney got loose, but it's still the QBS responsibility to take care of the football. OLINE did a great job, regardless! DEFENSE, is just lost! eventhough, they do have talent, they just don't know what to do with it! Z Rogers did great job! We can play with anybody, if we just had a DEFENSE!!! Can't blame this one on Dooley!

bhenry writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Clowney got in just once. Tiny became a millionaire today.

Great job O-Line! We didn't run the ball a.lot. We also missed big Zach Fulton because we didn't pull the guard a lot today.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Dooley is already packing

utvols1 writes:

in response to Govols1995:

For you morons who want Kirby Smart as the next coach FORGET IT. This would be another Sunseri hire. A coach who has no expirence at being a head coach. We need a big name coach, and we need him NOW. The Haslams can dish out big money, and get Gruden. We should have never fired Fulmer anyway.

Never fired Fulmer? We shouldn't have waited so long, you moron. The Vols haven't truly been relevant since '02.

shorttail writes:

do you think the AD would let dooley fire sunseri

Loud_Proud writes:

Have you guys seen that Jon Gruden was checking out Tennessee's game film while taking notes?!?! FREAKING PUMPED!!!

djohnnyg writes:

in response to utvols1:

Never fired Fulmer? We shouldn't have waited so long, you moron. The Vols haven't truly been relevant since '02.

YOU are the moron. What has UT done SINCE Fulmer? Huh? What? Yeah...thought so.

joevol33 writes:

in response to IdahoVol:

Dumb comment. We have lost to 5 ranked teams but have Missouri, Vandy and UK left. Finish 7-5 and a bowl. Not saying that's acceptable but to say we won't beat any of those three is crazy.

idaho, we will more than likely lose to vandy and mizz, troy will give us fit's and I can only hope we beat ky, I hope I'm wrong, but seriously doubt we get more than one conference win this year. We can't stop anybody, period. The offense can score 100, but we'd give up 110

djohnnyg writes:

The sky is falling routine?

You think people are making this up? Look up the record. 0-5 to start the SEC 3 straight yr's.

Sorry, but that IS the sky falling from a UT football standpoint.

In the grand scheme of life..no...the sky is not falling and the sun comes up tomorrow, but for those of us that love UT football and want to see it successful...yeah it doesn't look good.

Some of you guys are like "don't worry we'll be fine". Based on what? The fact we are in Dooley's capable hands? What has he ever done to merit any faith that he's gonna turn this around?

If this were a coach who had a history of success maybe u could point to it and say "he's done it before" but he hasn't.

Hence the whole sky is falling "routine".

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

Dooley needs to fire Sunsissy's big fat *** on Sunday and tell him to leave KnoxVegas ASAP. He is pitiful as the DC. If the O scored 60 points, the D would give up 70. SAD SAD SAD SAD SAD SAD

PS...I will point out one thing. We got effed by the Zebras more than once today.

OleBubba writes:

Sorry Dooley supporters but let me break this down for you.Play calling on this team is horrendous , why wouldn't you blitz the chickens on 3rd and goal from the 26? Instead that moron we have for a DC rushes 3 and gives Shaw all day long to find a receiver.Chaney is not any better I bet I'm not the only one on here who is sick of him calling a fly route on 3rd and 1. Boys held it close in the Bama game last week I think it was 23-10 at one point and TN had the ball in Bama territory 3rd n 1 what's Chaney call , that's right a Hail Mary (not really but might as well) and then on 4th down runs the beast formation against #1 run defense in the nation ? Needless to say they stopped us and then proceeded to drive down the field and score ,game over at that point .Not to mention he's as clueless as Les Miles as far as clock management goes.You Dooley lovers say you want to stay the course but the sooner we get rid of this guy the faster we're going to heal.

djohnnyg writes:

You know what? You guys are right. Screw it. Dooley's a nice guy and he's trying hard. Let's stick it out with him.

There's more important things than football and winning games.

Dooley's put alot into this. Let's give him another year to see if he can't turn this thing around.

tvol71 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

As I stated in a post on another story, let's be realistic about the three straight years of starting 0-5 in SEC play. Yes, that number is a fact, but there's more to it than a blanket statement condemning Derek Dooley and the program.

Two years ago, Dooley's first year, we had zero experience on the offensive line and at QB. Dooley was left with one offensive lineman, Dallas Thomas, that had ever started a game and he only had something like three or four starts. The rest of the offensive linemen were freshmen in 2010 and that line has now become a strength of the team.

The 2010 UT squad was the youngest team in the nation and was playing several players under the alotted number of scholarships allowed.

Back up to last year. We played the toughest schedule in the SEC. We were the only team from the East to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU from the West and we still had to play Florida and Georgia. Speaking of Florida and Georgia, Hunter tears up his knee on the first offensive series against Florida and Bray breaks his hand against Georgia.

This year has been frustrating because the defense has been awful, but our five SEC losses have all come to teams that, other than Mississippi State have been ranked in the top five at one time or another this year and MSU was undefeated coming into tonight's game with Alabama that the Bulldogs are losing.

I'm not going for moral victories and I'm tired of close losses, but this is a game we played well enough to win. The horse-collar call in the second quarter on what would have been a Tennessee fumble recovery in USC territory was a bad call and the no call on what should have been an intentional grounding penalty a few plays later was even worse.

Our schedule has been front end heavy and back end light for years. Move the Georgia or Florida game to November and move Vandy, Kentucky or Missouri to the front of our schedule and in none of the last three years would we have started 0-5 in SEC play.

It's easy to spout off what the TV talking heads are pointing out, but let's look at the big picture before going into our Chicken Little and the sky is falling routine.

Am I satisfied with where the program is now? No. Do I think Dooley needs to win now? Yes, the time is now. We can still win out and make a decent bowl game and next year will be the key for Dooley.

Derek Dooley took a Tennessee job nobody seemed to want and has laid a foundation for success. We do need more players that will make plays on defense. And if Dooley does survive this year, next year will be the year for him to turn things around or get fired.

As long as he wins the last 4 to finish with a winning season, I agree he gets one more year. It is questionable if they finish the regular season at 6-6, and he should go if they finish worse than that. Interestingly, with this years offense and last years defense, I think they win at least 2 or 3 of those games.

Govols1995 writes:

in response to utvols1:

Never fired Fulmer? We shouldn't have waited so long, you moron. The Vols haven't truly been relevant since '02.

Shouldn't have waited to so long? Really? Your a moron. We won the East in 07, and the recruiting was phenomenal. Look where we are now. A joke team that is hoping to beat Kentucky and vandy. Tell me would you rather have Fulmer now or Dooley a coach who couldn't even win at LA Tech.

Govols1995 writes:

in response to 69vol08:

Please explain why Gruden would be a good idea. Has he EVER been a head coach in college? Was he a great NFL head coach? I just don't get why people act like he would be the savior of UT football.

Our next coach needs to have successful head coaching experience at the college level and at least significant assistant coaching experience in the SEC. Gruden's only college coaching experience was as a grad assistant at UT in late 80s and was a fair at best NFL coach. His Super Bowl win was arguably with a team Tony Dungy built. If you listen to him on Monday Night Football he sounds like a moron. I think if we hire him we would spend millions on a disaster!

Gruden is a phenomenal coach and a very smart man. You obviously haven't watched his quarterback show on ESPN. The man is a genius. The recruits would be swarming in if the vols got Gruden. Tell me who we would get if not Gruden??

FWBVol writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Posters or posers that can't make a comment without using the stale Doolittle or Dooleave lines to support their points have little or no credibility at all.

I stated a case as to why Tennessee has started 0-5 in SEC play the last three years, but you did nothing to dispute that. You just went into your typical rant.

Get back to me when you can have an intelligent conversation without the third-grade name calling.

Gman-for-vols writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

Respectable but not Acceptable loss; the Vols just need a defense. That is the bottom line and a big part of all the 0-fors. But the season is not over. Hey can we just stop the "we should never have fired Fulmer" stuff? It is absolutely meaningless at this point.

No because i am still pissed about that! All of this pain is because we fired a hall of fame coach!

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to tuvol4u:

The defense just cant stay in these games to keep the offense going for us. We cant keep playing catch up every time.

Ive said it before but this is why we needed Da'Rick around. Hunter has dropped so many catches now I dont think he can get his mind right. With Da'Rick, you had catches in the clutch and he was dependable (off field transgretions aside).

Its a fact that Justin Hunter is not NFL material right now. He seems more pouty than Bray does when things arent going right. He doesnt fight for yardage after the catch, just lays down. Im glad Zach Rodgers is there playing like he belongs and wants to be there. The results speak for themselves.

Im still not in the fire Dooley camp. Im more likely in the fire Sunseri camp. Why oh why didnt they just promote lance thompson to DC so the players on defense actually knew what they where doing?

Lol
We didn't promote him
He left back to bama

Watch the news much ?

shorttail writes:

in response to OleBubba:

Sorry Dooley supporters but let me break this down for you.Play calling on this team is horrendous , why wouldn't you blitz the chickens on 3rd and goal from the 26? Instead that moron we have for a DC rushes 3 and gives Shaw all day long to find a receiver.Chaney is not any better I bet I'm not the only one on here who is sick of him calling a fly route on 3rd and 1. Boys held it close in the Bama game last week I think it was 23-10 at one point and TN had the ball in Bama territory 3rd n 1 what's Chaney call , that's right a Hail Mary (not really but might as well) and then on 4th down runs the beast formation against #1 run defense in the nation ? Needless to say they stopped us and then proceeded to drive down the field and score ,game over at that point .Not to mention he's as clueless as Les Miles as far as clock management goes.You Dooley lovers say you want to stay the course but the sooner we get rid of this guy the faster we're going to heal.

i agree, it's not all dooley's fault, he has one sorry coaching staft

1986sugarbowl writes:

What do we think next year holds for us? Let's see....Well if Brey leaves, Worley will be at QB. Can he get it done? Who knows. Two of our offensive linemen will probably be gone; James and Thomas. Who will replace them? Granted it may not be too bad there, but then we may loose Hunter, Patterson, and will loose Rodgers and Rivera. Who is going to take their position and do well with a inexperienced QB? We will loose Wagner, Lathers, and possibly McCullers on D. Then we play Oregon, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Auburn. How many of those will we beat? I am for firing Dooley, but even with a new coach, we may not be 6 and 6 next year. They only way is, get an exciting big name coach, that will keep Brey, Hunter, Patterson, James and McCullers one more year and we may be an 8 or 9 win team next year.

pcshowtime writes:

I do not use terms like dooloser and dooleave I believe they make a post more unintelligent.

I ask this one question that no dooley supporters have been able to answer.

Why did Dooley switch to the 3-4 in year 3?
If he wanted to run a 3-4 why not start in year 1. We finally have some offensive punch and Dooley completely revamps the defense. I ask you Dooley guys why?? Why now???
In year 3 when you can lose you job do you do something like this.

I could excuse the last 2 yrs. we were young. But less remember that a lot of these ounce young players are now 3 year starters. You are hired at UT to compete in the SEC. You can not get by at UT beating vandy and KY. Dooley is now 0-12 against FL, Ga, Bama, and SC. The SEC is tough but guess what it is not going to get easer. This was our year.
But KNOOOOW less revamp a Defense that was 27th in total D last year and make 98th.
WHY?

Colliervol writes:

in response to djohnnyg:

YOU are the moron. What has UT done SINCE Fulmer? Huh? What? Yeah...thought so.

You do realize that Phil was the beginning of this disaster right? Did I miss all those titles that he won after 1998? Maybe we all slept through them.

dontbsme writes:

in response to utvols1:

Never fired Fulmer? We shouldn't have waited so long, you moron. The Vols haven't truly been relevant since '02.

Yeah, I liked Phil but his time came and went. Without Cutcliffe he was lost. The game passed Phil by.

born2ride writes:

Clowney is wesome. Richardson did a great job on him until the fumble play at the end of the game.

We should win the rest of our games. We can beat Troy, Vandy, Missouri and Kentucky. They are as bad as the Vols. Not even Dooley should lose those games.

We can go 7-5 and to bowl game. Dooley keeps his job another year.

Brings in more JUCO players and Dooley may be able to beat one good team next year.

Go Big Vols!

Orange For Life!

carolinavol writes:

in response to FWBVol:

As I stated in a post on another story, let's be realistic about the three straight years of starting 0-5 in SEC play. Yes, that number is a fact, but there's more to it than a blanket statement condemning Derek Dooley and the program.

Two years ago, Dooley's first year, we had zero experience on the offensive line and at QB. Dooley was left with one offensive lineman, Dallas Thomas, that had ever started a game and he only had something like three or four starts. The rest of the offensive linemen were freshmen in 2010 and that line has now become a strength of the team.

The 2010 UT squad was the youngest team in the nation and was playing several players under the alotted number of scholarships allowed.

Back up to last year. We played the toughest schedule in the SEC. We were the only team from the East to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU from the West and we still had to play Florida and Georgia. Speaking of Florida and Georgia, Hunter tears up his knee on the first offensive series against Florida and Bray breaks his hand against Georgia.

This year has been frustrating because the defense has been awful, but our five SEC losses have all come to teams that, other than Mississippi State have been ranked in the top five at one time or another this year and MSU was undefeated coming into tonight's game with Alabama that the Bulldogs are losing.

I'm not going for moral victories and I'm tired of close losses, but this is a game we played well enough to win. The horse-collar call in the second quarter on what would have been a Tennessee fumble recovery in USC territory was a bad call and the no call on what should have been an intentional grounding penalty a few plays later was even worse.

Our schedule has been front end heavy and back end light for years. Move the Georgia or Florida game to November and move Vandy, Kentucky or Missouri to the front of our schedule and in none of the last three years would we have started 0-5 in SEC play.

It's easy to spout off what the TV talking heads are pointing out, but let's look at the big picture before going into our Chicken Little and the sky is falling routine.

Am I satisfied with where the program is now? No. Do I think Dooley needs to win now? Yes, the time is now. We can still win out and make a decent bowl game and next year will be the key for Dooley.

Derek Dooley took a Tennessee job nobody seemed to want and has laid a foundation for success. We do need more players that will make plays on defense. And if Dooley does survive this year, next year will be the year for him to turn things around or get fired.

Well said. I agree with you 100% .

Govols1995 writes:

in response to Colliervol:

You do realize that Phil was the beginning of this disaster right? Did I miss all those titles that he won after 1998? Maybe we all slept through them.

A coach who can win a title is a good coach. Your and idiot he was not the start of this disaster. Our recruiting was awesome when Fulmer was there. We had berry foster and meachem. Last I heard all of them are top players in the nfl right now

Colliervol writes:

in response to Govols1995:

A coach who can win a title is a good coach. Your and idiot he was not the start of this disaster. Our recruiting was awesome when Fulmer was there. We had berry foster and meachem. Last I heard all of them are top players in the nfl right now

Yep, he won a title and yep, he was a great coach. The operative word is WAS. Evidently you were asleep during 2009 and haven't really looked at what his last two recruiting classes produced. It's been thoroughly documented on here. Before you make yourself look like a bigger fool, study up on it and get back to me. That will show you why he, in fact, was the start of this mess.

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