Juco transfers play key roles for Tennessee

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) carries the ball against N.C. State during the Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

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Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) carries the ball against N.C. State during the Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

Recap: Tennessee plays N.C. State

Tennessee's junior college recruiting paid off big-time in the 35-21 victory against North Carolina State in the Georgia Dome on Friday night.

Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who played the last two seasons at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, had 160 all-purpose yards and scored twice — on a 41-yard pass reception and a 67-yard end-around in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Safety Byron Moore, whom UT signed out of Los Angeles Harbor Community College two years ago, had a team-high eight tackles and one of the Vols' four interceptions.

Defensive lineman Maurice Couch, another former junior college player, was UT's third-leading tackler with five, including one for a 3-yard loss. He also forced a fumble.

North Carolina State All-American cornerback David Amerson had a nightmarish evening against the Vols.

Amerson, who led the country with 13 interceptions last season, was twice beaten for long touchdown passes. He also did most of the chasing on Patterson's touchdown run.

Two fans were injured when a fan fell from the upper deck of the Georgia Dome and landed on a fan sitting in the mezzanine section, according to a report on ESPN.com. Both of the injured fans were taken to the Atlanta Medical Center.

The condition of the injured fans was not known. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority Police Department did not release their names.

The fan reportedly fell while celebrating a first-half Tennessee touchdown.

Tennessee's veteran offensive line came up huge against the Wolfpack.

It allowed only one sack and helped the Vols accumulate 191 yards rushing. UT averaged 5.0 yards per carry, a stunning figure following last season when it averaged only 2.8 yards per rush.

Tennessee appeared to have found one solution to its tight end shortage. Reserve offensive lineman Alex Bullard donned a No. 88 jersey and played two snaps at tight end on the Vols' second series.

Mychal Rivera and Ben Bartholomew are Tennessee's only two healthy scholarship players at the position.

Tennessee senior cornerback Prentiss Waggner appeared to have a certain interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter when his feet got tangled up and he fell to the turf without being touched by a defender.

The fall may have been embarrassing, but it ultimately didn't matter. A holding flag on the interception return would have negated the touchdown.

Speaking of embarrassing falls, when coach Derek Dooley led the Vols out of the tunnel during pre-game, he tripped and fell to the turf. He bounced back up quickly and wasn't injured.

Dooley wore his trademark orange pants. He said he earlier in the week that he had no plans to change his distinctive attire.

Junior receiver Jacob Carter, who was a walk-on until receiving a scholarship a few days ago, made the first catch of his career, a 20-yard reception in the first half.

Sophomore Marcus Jackson appears to be the sixth man on Tennessee's offensive line. He entered the game in the second quarter to spell Antonio "Tiny" Richardson. Dallas Thomas moved to left tackle and Jackson entered at left guard. Richardson returned to action in the next series.

A victory over N.C. State might not resonate with UT fans like the upset of ninth-ranked Cal in the 2006 season opener. But any opening victory over a BCS opponent has merit.

In the previous 22 games against teams from what are now BCS conference schools, UT was 8-12-2.

The Vols lost their last two openers against BCS teams — to UCLA in 2008 and to Cal in 2007.

John Adams contributed to this story.

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FEARinSEC writes:

Yeah, but a couple of guys that were freshman 2-3 years ago have something to say about this team. We're in good hands, sit back, and enjoy the ride!! Go Vols!!!!

lstbodeanvol writes:

thanks for the effort Vols.....recievers looked good tonight..keep that offensive line working hard...hope Lathers is able to get back..he is an Important leader !!!!!!! go vols

whiskeyman writes:

Da'Rick who?

Bark_at_the_Moon writes:

If Amerson is an All-American then I'm King of England!

bobcatsswag2012 (Inactive) writes:

Almost as many TRANSFERS as Anderson County..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

It seems we did well.

VolzsFan writes:

So sad how fans are. During the great Hall of Famer's run and greatest era in Tennessee football, this would have been viewed as a oh big deal win over an unranked average ACC team. On that surrendered over 400 yards and needed a couple of big plays to win. They would have said UT backed into a win and that the big boys on the schedule will not give up those big plays. It would have been talked about like a loss. Now it is a signature win. Seriously? Get a life.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to whiskeyman:

Da'Rick who?

So true..I don't think in any scenario DR would have had the performance CP had..Not to mention CP guaranteed a great year to pad his resume' for the NFL..We'll take it and GBO!!

voloffaith writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

So sad how fans are. During the great Hall of Famer's run and greatest era in Tennessee football, this would have been viewed as a oh big deal win over an unranked average ACC team. On that surrendered over 400 yards and needed a couple of big plays to win. They would have said UT backed into a win and that the big boys on the schedule will not give up those big plays. It would have been talked about like a loss. Now it is a signature win. Seriously? Get a life.

HEY EVERYBODY...LOOK AT ME ZBOY...I've cut and pasted this same post all over the place this morning...ain't I good? Ain't I something? Please acknowledge how amateur I am.....see Spot run..see Jane run...see vOLZSfAN type...type z type....

VenomousVol writes:

So sad how Fulmerites are. Thanks to the great Hall of Famer falling asleep at the wheel and driving the program off a cliff we are just now recovering from the wreckage. If you love Phil so much, why not go root for the school that snatched his greatness up as soon as we let him go? Oh wait.....That didn't happen did it?

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to VenomousVol:

So sad how Fulmerites are. Thanks to the great Hall of Famer falling asleep at the wheel and driving the program off a cliff we are just now recovering from the wreckage. If you love Phil so much, why not go root for the school that snatched his greatness up as soon as we let him go? Oh wait.....That didn't happen did it?

I KNOW this comment was only made to stir up venom. Don't you have anything better to do on a Saturday? It's really nice out. Try being a little bit constructive. Do some real reporting KNS.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

If Amerson is an All-American then I'm King of England!

Hey be nice. One guy can't cover everbody! welllll nobody really.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

So sad how fans are. During the great Hall of Famer's run and greatest era in Tennessee football, this would have been viewed as a oh big deal win over an unranked average ACC team. On that surrendered over 400 yards and needed a couple of big plays to win. They would have said UT backed into a win and that the big boys on the schedule will not give up those big plays. It would have been talked about like a loss. Now it is a signature win. Seriously? Get a life.

I still say the "greatest era in Tennessee football" occured during Neyland's rein rather than Phat Phil's. And during your Great Phil's rein quite a few wins hinged on a big play or two.
Maybe you are the one who should "get a life."

oskie_score writes:

Tonight Tennessee overcame (JUCO) ghosts of past.
Patterson's debut was nothing short of spectacular. We can expect this type play throughout the season from this 2 time JC All-American.
Couch, McCuller's, and Sentimore too lived up to billing. Tremendous push and pressure. It's been a long time since Tennessee has had a dominate presence at d-line. Our LB Corp was free to wreak havoc...and that's exactly what they did.
Moore was out of position on a couple of plays but looked good overall.
And I could watch Brewer's electrifying tackle over and over again...never tire of that hit. Smash mouth football is back!! Thank you, Sal!!

snack writes:

in response to lstbodeanvol:

thanks for the effort Vols.....recievers looked good tonight..keep that offensive line working hard...hope Lathers is able to get back..he is an Important leader !!!!!!! go vols

Yes sir, great game and Patterson was looking good. The defense was there! And offense. Go Vols!

cyclonevol87 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

So sad how fans are. During the great Hall of Famer's run and greatest era in Tennessee football, this would have been viewed as a oh big deal win over an unranked average ACC team. On that surrendered over 400 yards and needed a couple of big plays to win. They would have said UT backed into a win and that the big boys on the schedule will not give up those big plays. It would have been talked about like a loss. Now it is a signature win. Seriously? Get a life.

Is that all you got hahaha come on you sound desperate now, your pathetic get a life and a new team.

laraccoon writes:

seems like Fulmer's teams got trounced by the ACC towards the end , i dont get that whiners logic.

Volunista writes:

in response to cyclonevol87:

Is that all you got hahaha come on you sound desperate now, your pathetic get a life and a new team.

He's telling you to get a life and we're the UT fans on the UT site. That's kinda hard to grasp - unless you're seriously bent I guess.

Backed into a win? What a little girl old Vzf is. All you hovering scum who can't stay away from this board - we're back and you're in our path. Florida coaches and players watching that game know they are going to come into a hornet's nest at Neyland. The old maxim is that a team sees its most significant improvement between week 1 and 2. If that's the case, I can't wait to see this new 3-4 in action after all the kinks are found and fixed. A Ga St is just what the doctor ordered to allow these guys to perfect the D. 4 interceptions after only 9 last year? These guys could do something big.

tnbigg writes:

Is this site really this limited to mindless, brainless trolls? They give their lives so much here...yet they are unable to put forth anything that could eclipse a special school, short bus student from Kentucky... For me? It was great to see the team and coaches get a great win. I believe my esteemed cousin however many times removed, GerryOP called this and I agree with the rest of his predictions. So do the Chapman Highway boys and Daisy Mae's... GO VOLS!

FWBVol writes:

I have more posts than I can count stating I supported Phillip Fulmer and had hoped he would be given the 2009 season to regroup, but I also understood the reasoning behind firing Fulmer in 2008.

All the Fulmer hating or Fulmer loving, Kiffin hating and Dooley bashing in the world isn't going to change the last four years.

Why can't we fans just concentrate on the task at hand of cheering on our Volunteers as they begin their climb back into the upper tier of the SEC and NCAA football.

You don't have to love Derek Dooley to support the Big Orange. You don't have to think CDD is going to get the job done to pull for the team. But continuous childish comments about "Dooleave" or Doolaide Drinkers" does nothing to unite the program.

Was last night's win the most impressive in UT history? Not by a long shot, but it was a good solid win over a decent team from the ACC.

I saw a lot of good things we can be excited about as fans and that the coaching staff can build on.

Bray threw the ball well. Patterson is a beast. Hunter played better as the game progressed. Our running game, while still a work in progress, showed since of promise.

Defensively we pressed the issue and played with a controlled recklessness we haven't seen in a long time. Our special teams played pretty good too.

All in all, I think things really are looking up.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to FWBVol:

I have more posts than I can count stating I supported Phillip Fulmer and had hoped he would be given the 2009 season to regroup, but I also understood the reasoning behind firing Fulmer in 2008.

All the Fulmer hating or Fulmer loving, Kiffin hating and Dooley bashing in the world isn't going to change the last four years.

Why can't we fans just concentrate on the task at hand of cheering on our Volunteers as they begin their climb back into the upper tier of the SEC and NCAA football.

You don't have to love Derek Dooley to support the Big Orange. You don't have to think CDD is going to get the job done to pull for the team. But continuous childish comments about "Dooleave" or Doolaide Drinkers" does nothing to unite the program.

Was last night's win the most impressive in UT history? Not by a long shot, but it was a good solid win over a decent team from the ACC.

I saw a lot of good things we can be excited about as fans and that the coaching staff can build on.

Bray threw the ball well. Patterson is a beast. Hunter played better as the game progressed. Our running game, while still a work in progress, showed since of promise.

Defensively we pressed the issue and played with a controlled recklessness we haven't seen in a long time. Our special teams played pretty good too.

All in all, I think things really are looking up.

Pretty good post there FWB! I really liked Fulmer too as a coach...well for one more year I would have been happy maybe. but I was behind the team regardless. I don't understand trying to get people fired from a Newspaper post!?? Basically it's usually slanderous and not reasonable.

That said your post made "since".lol
I see a "sense of promise" for "Dooleave's". Vols. I am excited for this season both in football and basketball! GBO

bigorangesux writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

So sad how fans are. During the great Hall of Famer's run and greatest era in Tennessee football, this would have been viewed as a oh big deal win over an unranked average ACC team. On that surrendered over 400 yards and needed a couple of big plays to win. They would have said UT backed into a win and that the big boys on the schedule will not give up those big plays. It would have been talked about like a loss. Now it is a signature win. Seriously? Get a life.

Agreed. You get about 30 votes coming into the season and win, but give up over 400 yards to a team that got 4 votes? A win is a win, but I wouldn't get too excited about it yet. Dooley's pose with the helmet is unfortunate for UT fans.

RichmondKyVol writes:

Da'Rick who?

RichmondKyVol writes:

in response to Bark_at_the_Moon:

If Amerson is an All-American then I'm King of England!

I thought you were Queen of England.

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