Vols' secondary ready to see Austin Peay 'sling it around'

(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)
Justin Coleman intercepts a pass meant for during a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on April 13. Coleman said if Austin Peay wants to throw on the Vols on Saturday, “We’re willing to compete and make some plays.”

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL) Justin Coleman intercepts a pass meant for during a scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on April 13. Coleman said if Austin Peay wants to throw on the Vols on Saturday, “We’re willing to compete and make some plays.”

Tennessee's secondary says it's ready for the challenge if Austin Peay decides to "sling it around."

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Comments » 5

bUTch__please writes:

Feel free to poke the badger this week gentlemen, but next week and the week after...not so much.

johnlg00 writes:

Hard to say how challenging the Vols will find the Govs to be whether they run or pass. Still, it should give the guys lots of practice in cover skills and beefing up the pass rush. They should also be able to get everybody on the field at some point. Who knows, some hitherto-unsuspected "gamers" might emerge, guys who may only be average in practice but hit another gear when the lights come on for real. Goodness knows, we need all of those we can find!

Orange_Power_T writes:

Palardy's leg is tired? Please! Don't care if it's ready the next day. Sunday's shouldn't prove to be much action. I hate being a pessimist about Palardy because I really want him to do well. It's just he has been so disappointing the previous two years.

bUTch__please writes:

in response to Orange_Power_T:

Palardy's leg is tired? Please! Don't care if it's ready the next day. Sunday's shouldn't prove to be much action. I hate being a pessimist about Palardy because I really want him to do well. It's just he has been so disappointing the previous two years.

True this. When it's 4th and 8 on the 22..and going for the first is a higher percentage play than kicking, that's not Tennessee ball.

Upside is Coach Jones is the de facto special teams coach so..let's see what he can do with Parlardy. As little room as this team will have for mis-cues, we need perfection from 40 yards in.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to bUTch__please:

True this. When it's 4th and 8 on the 22..and going for the first is a higher percentage play than kicking, that's not Tennessee ball.

Upside is Coach Jones is the de facto special teams coach so..let's see what he can do with Parlardy. As little room as this team will have for mis-cues, we need perfection from 40 yards in.

Good post; agree with all. All Vol fans know how much importance the General attached to special teams. Look how many of his famous maxims refer to the kicking game. I remember when Frank Beamer took over at Virginia Tech, he made a point of beefing up ST play even ahead of the offense and defense. He said that very few plays in football cover as much ground as kicking plays, and few can turn a game--for better or worse--quicker than a kicking play. He always put his best players on STs and devoted as much practice time to them as he did to offense and defense. Ironically, as VA Tech became a steady winner, its dominance in STs declined somewhat. Excellent ST play could be one way to speed up the Vols' return to football relevance. I admit that Palardy hasn't often looked like the #1 kicker in the country, as he was rated out of HS, but he has had his moments and he surely will have a lot of responsibility this season. Maybe this year, he can show what all the hype was about.

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