John Adams: Anti-UT quarterback club could add new member

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looks to pass during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Missouri on Sept. 8 in Columbia, Mo.

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is on the verge of joining an exclusive club. Tennessee fans can be excused for not applauding.

In the last 20 years, four SEC quarterbacks have beaten the Vols at least three times. Murray can join them if Georgia defeats UT on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m., WVLT,) at Sanford Stadium.

He will be in good company if he does. Some of the SEC's most successful quarterbacks distinguished themselves against Tennessee.

Already in: Alabama's Jay Barker, Florida's Danny Wuerffel, Georgia's David Greene and Florida's Tim Tebow.

Jay Barker — He was 35-2-1 as a starter and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as a senior.

Barker was 2-0-1 against the Vols as a starter, but deserves credit for a third victory because he came off the bench to lead the Tide to three fourth-quarter scores in a 24-19, come-from-behind victory in 1991.

Danny Wuerffel — A Heisman Trophy winner and two-time All-American, he threw 114 career touchdown passes while leading the Gators to four consecutive SEC championships and a national tile from 1993 through 1996.

Florida went 4-0 and averaged 42 points in Wuerffel's four starts against Tennessee. He also has the distinction of besting two of UT's most heralded quarterbacks, Peyton Manning and Heath Shuler.

David Greene — A four-year starter, he led the Bulldogs to 34 victories in his last three seasons. But Tennessee fans probably remember him best for his performance as a freshman at Neyland Stadium

when Georgia rallied in the last minute for a 26-24 victory in 2001.

Greene was 3-1 against the Vols, missing a chance to go 4-0 when UT beat Georgia in Athens his senior season.

Tim Tebow — Another Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow helped the Gators win two national titles, first as a power-running backup as a freshman and two years later as the leader of their team.

Tebow was 3-0 as a starter against the Vols, and also factored into Florida's 21-20 win as a freshman when he made crucial first downs running the football in his team's game-winning touchdown drive.

Murray already has two victories over the Vols, including one last season when he connected with Malcolm Mitchell on a 71-yard pass and finished the game 15-for-25 for 227 yards. He was slightly better as a freshman in 2010, completing 17 of 25 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran seven times for 41 yards and another two touchdowns.

Although he seldom runs by design, he won't turn down a clear running lane if his receivers are covered. And he has the speed to capitalize on it.

Based on what has happened so far, Murray could be headed for his best game yet against the Vols. Through three games, he has completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. Combine those stats with UT's struggles in pass coverage, and you probably wonder if Murray could be headed for a career day.

Another career opportunity also awaits him Saturday. Barker, Wuerffel, Greene and Tebow know all about it.

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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aspenvol2 writes:

Count me a member of the Anti-John Adams club. Time for you to "graduate", John.

VOLunTEAR writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

Count me a member of the Anti-John Adams club. Time for you to "graduate", John.

Precisely what is it that you disagree with in this article???

underthehill writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

Count me a member of the Anti-John Adams club. Time for you to "graduate", John.

The Knoxville News Sentinel provides this site free of charge for comment on the content of articles ..not on the writer.

WoodshedVol writes:

Thank you for reminder Adams. We can always count on you to remember past losses.

Volalumnus writes:

Right now I think a qb only needs to stay in 3 years to reach that mark.

underthehill writes:

in response to WoodshedVol:

Thank you for reminder Adams. We can always count on you to remember past losses.

So do most long time Vol fans..are u new on the block..

Clarkrm0706 writes:

Love how 90% of the starting posts are trolls. Oh yeah, most people have lives and read this stuff later.
Great job being first at reading things early when most are at work or (as in the case of your friends) Jr high.

mdvol writes:

The rankings and the home field often don't mean squat in UT vs Georgia.

KNS can pump as many articles as they want why the VOLS can't win. We get it.

This thing is bound to turn around and Athens is just the place. The big plays come back for the VOLS and the defense does just enough. VOLS 31-27.

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

0 - 2.

Richmonds_Wannabe_Brother writes:

in response to VOLunTEAR:

Precisely what is it that you disagree with in this article???

This time JA went way out of his way to find something negative to write about. He's obviously a member of the Anti-UT writers club.

movol77 writes:

Anti-UT writers club could add new cynicism

PUL4VOLS writes:

All the past successful opposing qbs are meaningless. This is 2012 and it is up to the Dogs and Murray to do it. All pressure should be on their shoulders. But all the nega-perspective by baby fans is just not helpful. Let's play the game then say how we respond. I know it doens not look promising but many have not looked good before the game only to have a good outcome.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to underthehill:

The Knoxville News Sentinel provides this site free of charge for comment on the content of articles ..not on the writer.

Dumbest post on this thread.

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

UT is a 20 point underdog, if big UGA is kind. Could be more. The Vols have no defense at all.

orangecountyvols writes:

Clark,

Exactly friend. I saw there were 14 comments and yes, just about each one was submitted by either a troll ( rabbit ears Billy ) the roadside bomber, Jeffery Flowers, the kid,"titletown" and a few other borderline trolls/gripers.

IMO, the KNS "coaches" such as Adams and Strange have a field day when a game such as this one approaches. They would make great politicians IMO. Champions of negativity, not just repeating everything we already know, but dwelling on it.

Kremser? Your little reference to "slash." Could it be you are also related to a little punk fan from Florida who only knows Tyler Bray as "slash?"

But, let's let the trolls use "we and us" in their little digs to prove what asinine jerks they are. These guys can talk tough here on this little site ( now infested with trolls ) but...............don't ever expect them to face a Vol player or a coach in person with their bragging and/or griping.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

This one will be closer than the Fla. score. I think fla has matured and is ready to contend for the East, beating Ga. and S.C. and I really don't like the gators.

UT 24
Ga. 30

creekroad writes:

in response to VOLunTEAR:

Precisely what is it that you disagree with in this article???

John Adams

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

You're a member of the anti-UT club

movol77 writes:

in response to creekroad:

John Adams

Post of the night

pingkr62 writes:

If Tennessee can play good football for four quarters, they can win. If the game turns ugly.....

pingkr62 writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

You're a member of the anti-UT club

Yes, and he pays too much attention to his pudd. I know I'll get kicked off for that. See ya! G.B.O.!!!

aspenvol2 writes:

in response to VOLunTEAR:

Precisely what is it that you disagree with in this article???

The writer. His premise. His body of work. His incessant, 20 year smear of smarmy negativism. His laziness. Yeah,it's about him. Finebaum wannabe (and why would anyone wannabe?).

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

John you are wrong on Barker. Alabama had to forfeit the tie. Just letting you know.

orange_eVOLution writes:

JUST BEAT GEORGIA. Dang!

DonK37920 writes:

I hate Jay Barker more than the others combined and it's not even close!

gwavescVOL writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

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What would you and most others that bash our staff suggest. Let me guess, get a new coach! Really? we have Dooley because no one else would take the job, for more than one reason
1.UT did not have a roster to compete in the SEC
2.Too much coaching turnover and instability from the top down (beginning with Hammy)
3.An unrealistic fanbase, refusing to believe we have and are still in a rebuilding process
Dooley may or may not be the guy, personally I don't care, I want, like everyone else for UT football to be relevant again. For that to happen there must be stability either for Dooley to succeed or for UT to attract a quality replacement. Since Dooley was hired the program has an improved the roster, Hart replacing Hambone=stability (obviously nothing to do with CDD), established better recruiting coordination. This all bodes well for CDD to turn the corner or to put UT in a position to make a quality hire, depending on which side of the fence you fall. Again I don't care whether its CDD or someone else, just a return to glory, but IMHO I'm going to remain undecided about CDD until the end of the season. Does the team fight it out or fold, that remains to be seen, one fourth quarter against Florida doesn't make up my mind (now that the staff has stabilized and the roster improved, which has not been the case until this year).

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

All this means nothing.

Georgia is greatly improved this season.

So are we.

The Bulldogs have more talent and will probably win.

The Vols have enough talent to pull off an upset.

We'll see how it goes.

Go Vols!

HeyWhitey writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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After 3 years, still don't understand UT's hiring of Dooley. If I'm not mistaken he had a losing record at La tech. Not sure what Hamilton saw in him.

crutch1966 writes:

kuck fiffin

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Love how 90% of the starting posts are trolls. Oh yeah, most people have lives and read this stuff later.
Great job being first at reading things early when most are at work or (as in the case of your friends) Jr high.

90%?
starting posts?
stuff?

Thank you.

(And you wonder why the rest of college football fans laugh at all things ut.)

69grad writes:

in response to underthehill:

The Knoxville News Sentinel provides this site free of charge for comment on the content of articles ..not on the writer.

The comment is the writer.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

No, You're a charter member of the I hate Dooley club. You have such obvious personal hate for Dooley that you want the Vols to lose so you can throw it back in the "Doolaide Drinkers" faces. You are NOT a Vol fan. You are an instigating pot stirrer. Do you have next months user id picked out yet?

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to mdvol:

The rankings and the home field often don't mean squat in UT vs Georgia.

KNS can pump as many articles as they want why the VOLS can't win. We get it.

This thing is bound to turn around and Athens is just the place. The big plays come back for the VOLS and the defense does just enough. VOLS 31-27.

"This thing is bound to turn around..."

It is? Do we play in the Walt Disney League? If we believe in our team and try real hard and practice via a montage will we be SEC champions?

No.

We play in the SEC. Our staff is substandard, our players aren't coached up, and we don't have the talent to win simply on talent alone.
We will lose to UGA this weekend because this is the real world and we went to the Dollar Store to buy our coach.

underthehill writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodberry:

Dumbest post on this thread.

Truth is not easy for some to understand ..don't' bother trying..just read something you can understand...

underthehill writes:

in response to aspenvol2:

The writer. His premise. His body of work. His incessant, 20 year smear of smarmy negativism. His laziness. Yeah,it's about him. Finebaum wannabe (and why would anyone wannabe?).

Not required reading..this is not a school course..it is an article about the real world ..if you can't handle it..stay in school..

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'm thinking...well hoping really that our defense has finally learned their gig. Maybe they can ad lib a little and come out alright. Heck yeah we can win this baby!!!
We've
upset" UGA before. This is a good time to do it again.

UT45 UGAoh how 'bout 4!! Their vaunted defense gets them a couple scores. MAYBE Stone is jinxed by that other article and snaps a couple of bad ones. HEY I DON'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF!!! UT45 UGA4 and that's that.
I guess we win the east then.

jdcdjc writes:

We are just not near as good as I thought we should be this year, gonna be a long OCT and maybe a Nov.

jdcdjc writes:

in response to pomp_and_circumstance:

UT is a 20 point underdog, if big UGA is kind. Could be more. The Vols have no defense at all.

The way we have played so far this season, we will get beat 4 touchdowns. Georgia will have no mercy.

GeorgiaVolunteer writes:

Tennessee has a chance to beat Georgia. UGA is as they usually are, over-rated. They have a quality win over a 2-2 Missouri, and wins over hapless Vandy, Buffalo and Florida Atlantic. Buffalo scored 23 on the Dawgs defense. FAU scored 20. If these non-conference teams can score 20+ on the Dawg defense, why can't Bray and company score more?

Sir_Spanky writes:

Hate to have to say this out loud, but if Sal Sunseri liked Jeff Driskell he's gonna love Aaron Murray.

Dickattrade writes:

in response to pomp_and_circumstance:

UT is a 20 point underdog, if big UGA is kind. Could be more. The Vols have no defense at all.

This Saturday may just be our time. This is a strange year/ It may be our time to win.
GO VOLS

munsondawg writes:

in response to GeorgiaVolunteer:

Tennessee has a chance to beat Georgia. UGA is as they usually are, over-rated. They have a quality win over a 2-2 Missouri, and wins over hapless Vandy, Buffalo and Florida Atlantic. Buffalo scored 23 on the Dawgs defense. FAU scored 20. If these non-conference teams can score 20+ on the Dawg defense, why can't Bray and company score more?

I believe all of our starters are back now on defense. We played the 1st game with 4 defensive starters suspended, the Missouri game we had 2 starters suspended and last week against Vandy we had 2 starters suspended. These starters sat out the ENTIRE game each week as Mark Richt does not play around w/ punishment. Doesn't matter if you are a superstar here or not. If you screw up, you pay the price. Full strength this week..........

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to GeorgiaVolunteer:

Tennessee has a chance to beat Georgia. UGA is as they usually are, over-rated. They have a quality win over a 2-2 Missouri, and wins over hapless Vandy, Buffalo and Florida Atlantic. Buffalo scored 23 on the Dawgs defense. FAU scored 20. If these non-conference teams can score 20+ on the Dawg defense, why can't Bray and company score more?

The Dawgs had a quality win against (a hyped home and SEC opener) MO. But the hapless Vandy, Buffalo and FA are as good or better than any Vol win. You are right, I can easily see the Vols scoring 20+, but unfortunately the Vol defense is very likely to give up 40+. While anything is possible and the Vols could win, I really have a bad feeling about the chances of a win. Let's just hope that snowball does have a chance in hell.

Vol86 writes:

in response to underthehill:

The Knoxville News Sentinel provides this site free of charge for comment on the content of articles ..not on the writer.

If posters want to bash 20 year old kids playing football than they could bash the people getting paid to write these lame article. I like reading the post and spend less time reading these articles.

smokeygrowl writes:

Is that the only thing you had to write about John?

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to HeyWhitey:

After 3 years, still don't understand UT's hiring of Dooley. If I'm not mistaken he had a losing record at La tech. Not sure what Hamilton saw in him.

A Filled Slot

WoodshedVol writes:

in response to underthehill:

So do most long time Vol fans..are u new on the block..

Naw, I've been on this site since '09. I think Adams has an unusual hate for the Vols. If UT was winning, he would be talking about the "plantation mentality" of the football program. He has the bigger platform, win or lose. I think he writes these articles to upset the fan base.

TheVolSnake writes:

OK for all the Haters/Trolls

On Bray who in this article and several others has been completely overlooked this article talks about Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray like he is a Heisman type QB. Don’t get me wrong I think he is a very good QB but in the scheme of things is only good. (Driskel has demonstrated he is much better)

Murray and the Dawgs have played Buffalo, Missouri, Florida Atlantic and Vanderbilt and have an 66.3 completion % and 1092 yards. 10 TD and 2 Ints (Also has 3 rushing TDs) Ranked 12th in QBs in the nation. http://espn.go.com/college-football/s... . He has been sacked 6 times

Bray and the Vols have played NC State, Georgia State, Fla and Akron and have an 63.5 completion % and 1301 yards. 12 TDs and 3 Ints, Ranked 3rd in QBs in the nation. http://espn.go.com/college-football/s... Has been sacked 2 times.

Total offense UGA 8th and TN 11th http://espn.go.com/college-football/s...

Our running game has steadily improved this year each game we have had a higher rush total, so when you look the biggest item for this game is going to be if our defense plays to their ability, the defense so far has been hot and cold and very inconstant.

I think this will be a very good game and the Vols have a chance to pull off a major upset. It will come down to if our defense can stop the Dawgs.

The Good thing is If the Vols due pull out the upset, Walt will disappear like he did after the NC State game.

Go Vols

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

We should be ready to play a pretty good game against the Dawgs. Stay away from the big plays we've seen go the other direction in each game so far.

Georgia usually does have an excellent kicking game and that could be a big advantage for them in this game.

It's often hard to do, but guys, we do have to consider the source with the loud mouths we are seeing here. We know 'wilted' Flowers aka Jeffery, the roadside bomber, the cheap disgrace to the University of Tennessee, ( actually another Finebaum ) is known to plant his little anti-Dooley jabs, and then high tails it, looking to play another day with more attacks. hence the roadside bombs......
characteristic of a cowardly sort.

The Ole Mess of the South troll can't be outdone however. Should the Vols fall short in this contest,this bunch of trolls will all get together and compete for the most stupid posts. Rabbit ears Billy and Titletown will surely do what they do best.....they hope.

If however, fate swings the other way, and the Vols prevail, it'll be troll-ghost town.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to munsondawg:

I believe all of our starters are back now on defense. We played the 1st game with 4 defensive starters suspended, the Missouri game we had 2 starters suspended and last week against Vandy we had 2 starters suspended. These starters sat out the ENTIRE game each week as Mark Richt does not play around w/ punishment. Doesn't matter if you are a superstar here or not. If you screw up, you pay the price. Full strength this week..........

What MunsonDawg really said:

Our starters are all out of jail and / or off probation. If UGA had played Florida, S. Carolina, or UT for the first 3 games, none of them would have been suspended. Richt would have withheld suspensions until all the facts had been gathered.

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