John Adams: No need for an explanation; just check back after next 4 games

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Akron's Avis Commack (9) intercepts the and runs 44-yards for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Akron's Avis Commack (9) intercepts the and runs 44-yards for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee Saturday, Sep. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Recap: Akron at Tennessee

Tennessee proved it could come from behind Saturday night. It also proved it could give up 23 first-half points to a program that had lost 24 of its previous 27 games.

The latter probably resonated more than the former with UT fans leaving Neyland Stadium after their team's 47-26 victory over Akron.

Maybe the Vols were suffering a Florida hangover. Or perhaps they were shrewdly strategizing to make fifth-ranked Georgia overconfident for next Saturday's game in Athens.

Never mind the explanation. The Vols hardly look ready for what's ahead — four consecutive games against teams currently ranked in the Top 25.

UT managed to tie the game 23-all just before halftime, took the lead for good with 6:47 left in the third quarter, held the Zips without a touchdown in the second half and piled up 33 first downs and 633 yards.

Yet the Vols couldn't put the game away until the 9:09 mark of the fourth quarter when cornerback Eric Gordon intercepted a pass from Dalton Williams at the Akron 19-yard line. On the next play, quarterback Tyler Bray hit a wide-open Justin Hunter for a touchdown.

The Vols kept throwing on their next possession to tack on another touchdown, making for a respectable — though terribly misleading — final score.

A brief pause for perspective: Akron entered the game as a 32-point underdog, and lost its season opener 56-14 to Central Florida.

It doesn't have SEC-caliber athletes. It doesn't even have athletes comparable to those on the best teams in the Mid-American Conference.

But it was better prepared than UT, which made too many errors early and sometimes looked silly trying to defend the Zips in the first half.

No one doubts if Akron's Terry Bowden can coach. In his first year as Auburn's coach, he went undefeated. He also won at North Alabama in his coaching comeback. Saturday's game, just his fourth with the Zips, was another testament to his coaching, especially on offense.

The Zips didn't have enough offense to pull off an upset. But they had enough to make you wonder how the Vols will slow down Georgia next Saturday.

Granted, Tennessee had little to gain against Akron. It could have played a perfect game and not chased away the ghosts still lingering from the previous Saturday.

And ghosts don't draw a crowd, which helps explain why so many fans who witnessed the fourth-quarter collapse against Florida didn't return. The announced crowd was 81,719, or about 21,000 fewer than the one that saw the Gators overtake the Vols in the last 20 minutes for a 37-20 victory.

UT's start against Akron fell right in line with its finish against the Gators.

Bray opened the scoring by completing a pass to Akron cornerback Avis Commack, who responded by returning the interception 44 yards for a touchdown.

Next came a fumble by running back Rajion Neal. Kurt Mangum recovered for the Zips to set up a 45-yard field goal by Robert Stein.

Later, UT wide receiver Zach Rogers dropped a deep ball behind the Akron secondary.

Without those miscues, UT wouldn't have needed a fourth-quarter surge to take control of the game. But that had nothing to do with Akron's ability to move the ball on the Vols.

Williams completed 27 of 49 passes for 229 yards. Quentin Hines had a 70-yard touchdown run.

Remind you of anything?

The Vols' pass defense was inadequate against the Gators, where it also gave up an 80-yard touchdown run.

Bottom line: this team is making way too many mistakes on both sides of the ball.

And if the trend continues, the next four games could be disastrous.

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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CroKev writes:

Coach Sunseri, care to comment?

td writes:

A win is a win, but ... if the Vols manage to lose the next four games, and leave CDD with a record of 0-15 against ranked teams, what are the odds, CDD is the third Tennessee Head Coach to be dismissed after a trip to Columbia, S.C.?

manniesghost1903 writes:

I expect October 13th to be the next big game for Derek Dooley. After Georgia's performance against James Franklin's vaulted Vandy, it will be extremely difficult (but not totally impossible) to get a win in Athens. This turns the matchup in Starkville against Mississippi State "a make it or break it game" for Coach Dooley. If he can gain a victory on the road against Mississippi's version of the Bulldogs that could be the "signature win" which has eluded him for over two years. It could also buy him some time to show significant improvement is on the way. Perhaps, it could aid the Vols in making a respectable showing against Alabama and South Carolina. A loss could mean another buyout is ahead.

silvertr6#393170 writes:

The only positive out of this game was a win, even though the opponent was outranked. First three quarters were shaky with poor play calls and worse execution. I hope that Mr Hart can make better choices than the person he replaced. This cycle has to stop, but Dooley will not be the winner at Tennessee.

dvhill100 writes:

A win is a win, but it shouldn't have been this....interesting. UT was flat and it showed. They have one week to get their act together. A UGA fan is coming over to watch the game. I do NOT want to have to apologize for our effort.

Sir_Spanky writes:

in response to manniesghost1903:

I expect October 13th to be the next big game for Derek Dooley. After Georgia's performance against James Franklin's vaulted Vandy, it will be extremely difficult (but not totally impossible) to get a win in Athens. This turns the matchup in Starkville against Mississippi State "a make it or break it game" for Coach Dooley. If he can gain a victory on the road against Mississippi's version of the Bulldogs that could be the "signature win" which has eluded him for over two years. It could also buy him some time to show significant improvement is on the way. Perhaps, it could aid the Vols in making a respectable showing against Alabama and South Carolina. A loss could mean another buyout is ahead.

Lord have mercy... If "ifs and buts were candy and nuts" we'd all have a Merry Christmas.

Classof72 writes:

There's no such thing as a bad win. Winning is good; let's enjoy the win. Next week will be here soon enough.

John_10065 writes:

With no need for an explanation, that is a lot of words up there!

arkyvol writes:

this team and staff will win at most two sec games (vandy is no gimme for dd and company).

atnvol#283282 writes:

Just like last year, once a ball starts rolling downhill, it is hard to slow it down.

knoxchatter writes:

would someone please wake me up after October 27th has passed???

TrouserCough writes:

Baaaa baaaa

Madkels writes:

in response to Classof72:

There's no such thing as a bad win. Winning is good; let's enjoy the win. Next week will be here soon enough.

Be careful what you wish for. I was at the UGA/Vandy game and we will need to play our best game with the dawgs making many mistakes to leave Athens victorious. I do not see it happening.

jack4444 writes:

The defense gave up 3 FG's and a bust out breakdown long run. UT's offense accounted for the other 10 points.

You could have figured the D to have some breakdowns this year, everybody knew that would happen.

The disappointment lies in the offense- dropped passes, false starts, fumbles, pick 6's, blown blitz assignments and Bray's wild off target throws.

I know they put in this Wldcat stuff to divert the opposing defense's prep time, but it looks like UT should have spent that time honing its inconsistent offense. The only folks being diverted by this Wildcat stuff is Tennessee.

ivyvol writes:

Vols have 4 days to find a real running game or we are in deep doo doo.

ivyvol writes:

Ol has good size and is a fairly decent titty blocking pass protection unit BUT they are not a nasty attitude drive blocking unit which will be needed in the next four games.

hueypilot writes:

Defining moment: Fourth quarter 3rd (or 4th I forget which) and 1. Need a first down to run another two minutes off the clock and officially pronounce Akron DOA. Couldn't do it. I think the defender shook off Bullard's block. If so, it's easy to see why ND told him it was okay to leave. We have seen the development of offensive linemen, and this started under that old venerated OL Phillip Fulmer, plummet from one that stocked the NFL with people like Chad Clifton and Scott Wells, to one that can't get a push against a tired, thin, undersized DL from the MAC at crunch time, enough to keep them out of our backfield, much less gain the needed yard. It all starts up front and on the defensive side of the ball, the OL was able to provide their QB the scant time needed to throw quick little passes reminiscent of Duke's QB's under Spurrier.

In an unrelated note, where have Bray's mechanics gone? Back foot throws, backing up throws, throws off the wrong foot, sidearm slings, idiotic toss into double coverage on the first series of the game. Not sure this guy has either the head or the physical tools to play QB against SEC competition. He's adequate against inferior competition, but I think Worley and Peterman are our QB's of the future. God almighty (a prayer, not a profanity since it's Sunday) the biggest mess I have ever seen on the hill and I've been watching them since Bowden Wyatt coached Johnny.

kd45music writes:

This team isn't even fun to watch anymore. Does anybody really coach these guys. And the lazy, overweight offensive line couldn't even climb out of a dumpster if someone was giving away free donuts.

Madkels writes:

in response to knoxchatter:

would someone please wake me up after October 27th has passed???

At least coach Martin is making great headlines in recruiting. Is it basketball season yet? I'm getting tired of this lackluster football program disappointing year after year.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Defining moment: Fourth quarter 3rd (or 4th I forget which) and 1. Need a first down to run another two minutes off the clock and officially pronounce Akron DOA. Couldn't do it. I think the defender shook off Bullard's block. If so, it's easy to see why ND told him it was okay to leave. We have seen the development of offensive linemen, and this started under that old venerated OL Phillip Fulmer, plummet from one that stocked the NFL with people like Chad Clifton and Scott Wells, to one that can't get a push against a tired, thin, undersized DL from the MAC at crunch time, enough to keep them out of our backfield, much less gain the needed yard. It all starts up front and on the defensive side of the ball, the OL was able to provide their QB the scant time needed to throw quick little passes reminiscent of Duke's QB's under Spurrier.

In an unrelated note, where have Bray's mechanics gone? Back foot throws, backing up throws, throws off the wrong foot, sidearm slings, idiotic toss into double coverage on the first series of the game. Not sure this guy has either the head or the physical tools to play QB against SEC competition. He's adequate against inferior competition, but I think Worley and Peterman are our QB's of the future. God almighty (a prayer, not a profanity since it's Sunday) the biggest mess I have ever seen on the hill and I've been watching them since Bowden Wyatt coached Johnny.

Could not agree more. I need to apologize to the previous line coach. I thought this was his fault. It would seem he had no talent to work with.

hueypilot writes:

Just a recruiting note for you guys. Derrick Henry, the kid from Yulee, FL just north of Jacksonville who committed to GA then reopened his recruiting and has narrowed it the GA, AL and us, and who is thought to be leaning bama but has visited UT several times: Friday night rushed for 502 yds and 6 TD's. He is scheduled to make his selection known next week. Gotta be not us so we can look forward to seeing him play against us the next few years, along with Fred Taylor's son, a Gator for life, who is number 2 all time (nationally) on the schoolboy rushing list and a threat to break the mark, once thought impossible, of the Sugarland Express, a Texas rb who's name escapes me and of who's mishandling as a collegian, Bear Bryant calls his biggest mistake in coaching. Given Taylor's dad has a big old NFL retirement and lots of money from those days, sonny boy won't have to turn pro to buy Mom and Dad a house or anything like that so most likely we can watch him destroy us for four years. Have a nice day.

hikerdude writes:

No wins in the next four games. Best we can do is 7-5 and we have to beat Missouri to do that.

northfan writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Defining moment: Fourth quarter 3rd (or 4th I forget which) and 1. Need a first down to run another two minutes off the clock and officially pronounce Akron DOA. Couldn't do it. I think the defender shook off Bullard's block. If so, it's easy to see why ND told him it was okay to leave. We have seen the development of offensive linemen, and this started under that old venerated OL Phillip Fulmer, plummet from one that stocked the NFL with people like Chad Clifton and Scott Wells, to one that can't get a push against a tired, thin, undersized DL from the MAC at crunch time, enough to keep them out of our backfield, much less gain the needed yard. It all starts up front and on the defensive side of the ball, the OL was able to provide their QB the scant time needed to throw quick little passes reminiscent of Duke's QB's under Spurrier.

In an unrelated note, where have Bray's mechanics gone? Back foot throws, backing up throws, throws off the wrong foot, sidearm slings, idiotic toss into double coverage on the first series of the game. Not sure this guy has either the head or the physical tools to play QB against SEC competition. He's adequate against inferior competition, but I think Worley and Peterman are our QB's of the future. God almighty (a prayer, not a profanity since it's Sunday) the biggest mess I have ever seen on the hill and I've been watching them since Bowden Wyatt coached Johnny.

I agree but this was the 2nd defining moment. The 1st was at the end of the first quarter when we had the ball with 10 seconds to go and Bray was looking at the sidelines for a play-CA dude do what good QB's do and trot on over to the coach's, talk, and wait for the start of the second quarter.

cyclonevol87 writes:

Who was it that said James Franklin was twice the coach that Dooley is Georgia 48 Vandy 0 I think we lose to Georgia but not this bad.

TylerBray4Heisman writes:

Did any of you guys actually WATCH the game last night? I saw a UT team that had their eyes opened by a lackluster Akron team. Despite their first half struggles, Coach Dooley was able to make the necessary adjustments to shut them down in the second half.

All in all, I think this team will be just fine. I believe we can win in Athens this week. I still believe this team can win 6 of the next 8 games for a 9-3 finish and a respectable bowl bid.

Unrelated but still somewhat relevant, I've been a San Francisco 49ers fan for 25 years and let me tell you: that team was tough to watch for almost a decade! My point: a true fan will support their team through thick and thin.

CrankE writes:

in response to ivyvol:

Vols have 4 days to find a real running game or we are in deep doo doo.

How could they fix in 4 days what they haven't fixed in the previous 3 years?

"You're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore." Dooley.

Let's see how that works out in the next 4 games.

vol_fan8 writes:

Nothing sells absolete media like a washed up sports reporter and bad news to stir up. So let's hear it from Adams about the great cow college. I'm amazed that we have so many wanna be coaches and offensive geniuses, and no one seems to be hiring them? Everyone: please open your eyes Adams is playing you like the rest of the media to get advertising $$$! They'll use your troll-like comments to show advertisers how everyone reads this tabloid wanna-be load of .... Seriously open your eyes.

BottleThrower writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Did any of you guys actually WATCH the game last night? I saw a UT team that had their eyes opened by a lackluster Akron team. Despite their first half struggles, Coach Dooley was able to make the necessary adjustments to shut them down in the second half.

All in all, I think this team will be just fine. I believe we can win in Athens this week. I still believe this team can win 6 of the next 8 games for a 9-3 finish and a respectable bowl bid.

Unrelated but still somewhat relevant, I've been a San Francisco 49ers fan for 25 years and let me tell you: that team was tough to watch for almost a decade! My point: a true fan will support their team through thick and thin.

Shut them down in the second half? You realize it was a one score game into the fourth quarter vs a terrible team. Not to mention Akron driving down the field in 3 minutes to start the second half and throw a pick at the goal line that could've put them in the lead. Don't be fooled. This team is not "just fine." If they struggle with a team like Akron, how are they going to compete in the SEC? UT will be lucky to keep it within 3 touchdowns next weekend. 9-3? I'll take that bet.

BottleThrower writes:

in response to vol_fan8:

Nothing sells absolete media like a washed up sports reporter and bad news to stir up. So let's hear it from Adams about the great cow college. I'm amazed that we have so many wanna be coaches and offensive geniuses, and no one seems to be hiring them? Everyone: please open your eyes Adams is playing you like the rest of the media to get advertising $$$! They'll use your troll-like comments to show advertisers how everyone reads this tabloid wanna-be load of .... Seriously open your eyes.

Adams tells the truth that a lot of people don't want to hear.

TylerBray4Heisman writes:

@ bottle thrower: yeah, I was there, dude. Realistically speaking, there is no way we beat Bama unless their bus breaks down. Every other game though, I believe we can win. This includes the two big road games in Georgia and South Carolina. You did see how SC played against Vandy, right?
They may have a top 10 ranking, but Dooley's boys may have the better team.
We have the best receiving corps in America, one of the Top 5 QBs, and a tough secondary. I believe we can hang with anyone in the conference besides Bama.

UTKin1992 writes:

This team is in big time trouble. I foresee a 7-5 finish at best with a 6-6 more likely. After enduring this disasterous campaign, at very least we may end up with a new coach. Hopefully one who knows HOW to coach.

BottleThrower writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

@ bottle thrower: yeah, I was there, dude. Realistically speaking, there is no way we beat Bama unless their bus breaks down. Every other game though, I believe we can win. This includes the two big road games in Georgia and South Carolina. You did see how SC played against Vandy, right?
They may have a top 10 ranking, but Dooley's boys may have the better team.
We have the best receiving corps in America, one of the Top 5 QBs, and a tough secondary. I believe we can hang with anyone in the conference besides Bama.

South Carolina played @ Vandy the first game of the year. The first game of the year, everyone thought UT was unstoppable. Not to mention Tennessee has yet to play a road game this season. You're basing a lot on the first game of the year. It doesn't matter how good your receiving core is, the defense is non existent. Bray can throw for 400 yards vs the Akrons, NC States, Georgia States, but can he perform vs a good team when it matters?

TylerBray4Heisman writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

This team is in big time trouble. I foresee a 7-5 finish at best with a 6-6 more likely. After enduring this disasterous campaign, at very least we may end up with a new coach. Hopefully one who knows HOW to coach.

Nah, we'll be just fine. Even if we lose the two road games, we still will have no trouble beating Miss State, Vandy, Missouri, Troy, and KenSUCKy. That is still an 8 win season, still going bowling. It's a long way til Thanksgiving and there is still a lot of football to be played.
Last I checked, we won last night. Why aren't we celebrating?

Volborn writes:

in response to knoxchatter:

would someone please wake me up after October 27th has passed???

and when they wake you, would you please wake me up after basketball starts.

Big_House_of_Ice_Gulp writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Did any of you guys actually WATCH the game last night? I saw a UT team that had their eyes opened by a lackluster Akron team. Despite their first half struggles, Coach Dooley was able to make the necessary adjustments to shut them down in the second half.

All in all, I think this team will be just fine. I believe we can win in Athens this week. I still believe this team can win 6 of the next 8 games for a 9-3 finish and a respectable bowl bid.

Unrelated but still somewhat relevant, I've been a San Francisco 49ers fan for 25 years and let me tell you: that team was tough to watch for almost a decade! My point: a true fan will support their team through thick and thin.

Ahh...hey you interested in this ocean front property in Arizona I'm looking to sell?
Real cheap

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to td:

A win is a win, but ... if the Vols manage to lose the next four games, and leave CDD with a record of 0-15 against ranked teams, what are the odds, CDD is the third Tennessee Head Coach to be dismissed after a trip to Columbia, S.C.?

What matters is Dooley has to beat Vandy, KY, and Troy. And, he has to beat any 2 of GA, Bama, USC, Miss St, and Mizzou. To be more specific, Bama is a loss. GA is a long shot, but gives him a poker chip. Miss St and Mizzou are his best chance.

So, if he loses 4 in a row, his goose is cooked. Win 1 of 4 and he survives...1 more month and the month of November becomes a 4 game tournament for his job.

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to jack4444:

The defense gave up 3 FG's and a bust out breakdown long run. UT's offense accounted for the other 10 points.

You could have figured the D to have some breakdowns this year, everybody knew that would happen.

The disappointment lies in the offense- dropped passes, false starts, fumbles, pick 6's, blown blitz assignments and Bray's wild off target throws.

I know they put in this Wldcat stuff to divert the opposing defense's prep time, but it looks like UT should have spent that time honing its inconsistent offense. The only folks being diverted by this Wildcat stuff is Tennessee.

Jack, the Wildcat is not a distraction. It is a desperate attempt to help convert in short yardage and redzone situations, as well as generate a few rushing yards to demonstrate statistical improvement in the run game. And I hate it. We didn't need it when we had a good OL and RB's.

BolivrBob writes:

I felt we were TOTALLY out-coached. BUT.... IF... a big IF. Bray is on and doesn't throw a pick, especially an early TD pick. and IF Sal can really coach and get this defense together. Anyway, I'm not giving up, like most of you. I think Georgia is doable. We have the talent. these coaches need to get it together

Volborn writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Nah, we'll be just fine. Even if we lose the two road games, we still will have no trouble beating Miss State, Vandy, Missouri, Troy, and KenSUCKy. That is still an 8 win season, still going bowling. It's a long way til Thanksgiving and there is still a lot of football to be played.
Last I checked, we won last night. Why aren't we celebrating?

Dude, we are not beating MSU in Starkville. They will rush for 350 yards.

TylerBray4Heisman writes:

Doesn't "Vol for Life" mean anything around here?How
How about "I will give my all for Tennessee today?"

So much negativity.........after a 3 TD win even!
Guys, stand behind your team for crying out loud.

movol77 writes:

"The Vols kept throwing on their next possession to tack on another touchdown, making for a respectable — though terribly misleading — final score."

Simply not true. Misleading. You present it like they were intentionally passing their way down the field. They actually ran the ball three times more. And the score was to a third string wideout. Who was WIDE OPEN. Bray should have intentionally overthrown him so you could slam him and talk about UT passing ineptness.

3volfan writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Doesn't "Vol for Life" mean anything around here?How
How about "I will give my all for Tennessee today?"

So much negativity.........after a 3 TD win even!
Guys, stand behind your team for crying out loud.

AMEN!!!! this negativity has to stop!!! it does no good whatsoever!! any college football pundit worth his salt, said its gonna take dooley at least 4 but probably 5 years to get the depth needed to compete with the tough SEC. another change would do nothing but make it that much longer. go look at majors and fulmers records their first 3 to 5 years. it just takes time, unless your a school that recruits itself ie.: USC, bama, florida. mediocrity stinks, but thats just all that we are right now. we match up much better with georgia than florida or south carolina. and nobody matches up with alabubba now. just the facts

Stooley_Dinks writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Doesn't "Vol for Life" mean anything around here?How
How about "I will give my all for Tennessee today?"

So much negativity.........after a 3 TD win even!
Guys, stand behind your team for crying out loud.

Vol for Life does not mean we have to watch mediocrity and under performing and still cheer. In fact, I would argue that you are much more of a troll if you are happy with this team as other SEC teams are more likely to pick up a win against us.

It isn't negative to notice a weaker Vol football program and want something done about it.

Snapshot writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

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Hey Jethro, why don't you tell us where you coach, or have coached in your career, because I KNOW with your vast amount of knowledge you have to be a head coach somewhere, right.

Anyone with ALL the answers like you must have had an illustrious college coaching job.

So come on Jethro, share with everyone where you have coached.

fratricide08 writes:

What I saw in that game was us try a lot of new stuff. What worried me was that we were trying it while Akron was still close to us instead of after blowing them out of the water. Maybe there was some reason for that, I don't know. Also, Bray was off all night and when he's off it effects the entire offense.

volcop writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

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this is correct, he "co-ordinated" the teams travel at Miami and was recruiting "co-ordinator" at LSU. special teams coach at Miami he was never an offensive or defense "co-ordinator"

Southland writes:

6-6 will be a struggle for us I, like most fans, had super high hopes but reality has set in

pcorange writes:

in response to TylerBray4Heisman:

Did any of you guys actually WATCH the game last night? I saw a UT team that had their eyes opened by a lackluster Akron team. Despite their first half struggles, Coach Dooley was able to make the necessary adjustments to shut them down in the second half.

All in all, I think this team will be just fine. I believe we can win in Athens this week. I still believe this team can win 6 of the next 8 games for a 9-3 finish and a respectable bowl bid.

Unrelated but still somewhat relevant, I've been a San Francisco 49ers fan for 25 years and let me tell you: that team was tough to watch for almost a decade! My point: a true fan will support their team through thick and thin.

I will speak to your last point first. I am a Tennessee fan and will be a Vol for life. That doesn't mean I can't criticize the team or the coaches when they fail to perform. I don't subscribe to the point of view that a fan can't criticize.

As for Dooley's halftime adjustments, I'm not seeing it. What I saw was a much more talented Tennessee team struggle well into the fourth quarter before a couple of big plays put it away. Akron was MUCH better coached. They came in, played their hearts out, layed it all on the line, and in the end they just ran out of steam. But, they never quit. Something we can't say about our own team. Terry Bowden made Dooley look like Ned in the first reader out there last night.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Don't forget that Bray is more like a sophomore than a junior. He ended not playing a lot last year. He's still getting game experience. But even so he did very well against Florida. It's been our defense(IMHO) that's been troubled the last 2 games. Big plays with long runs and defensible 3rd downs turned to first downs. Also our Offensive line is still not fulfilling their potential! We just need to put together 4 quarters of no mistakes against Georgia. But most schools would have to.
btw I don't see how we can argue JA points. He doesn't lie. He just says things in troll like manner. Which explains a lot of anti-UT "fandom" on here. Seriously it's hard for me to believe that some of you are real fans. You can support the team, criticize coaching, and do so without constantly bashing and calling for firing. But it's human nature to stir things up. People are NOT good by nature and love to put others down. Adam's fall is still our curse.(Not referring to the writer) So get Dooley fired if you can. Put off the rebuilding for another 5 years. On this I pray I'm wrong. But if it happens the "trolls" will love it. Then they can continue their ranting and proceed to fire another one if they can. Remember these same troll beings invaded the basketball site too calling for Martin's head. They'll be their again the first loss of this bball season. BUT it'll sell ads. I just wish people would post on the positives.hehe

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Btw if you go back to the Pearl days and posts you'll see a lot of the same idiocy by the "trolls". If you go back to the Green days you'll see it. Fulmer it was everywhere.
I guess some of it was real fans. We Do want good coaches after all. I just hate the hate.

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