Jason Croom breaks collarbone; Devrin Young, slot teammate come through

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Tennessee wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, left, outruns Kentucky defensive back Blake McClain during the second half Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

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KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, left, outruns Kentucky defensive back Blake McClain during the second half Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — On Saturday, Tennessee turned its receiving corps over to three slot receivers who have to stand on their tiptoes to get close to 6-feet tall.

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JSmith525 writes:

Two Plays that could have been:

1. With the Game in OT the Vols had a chance to beat UGA in Knoxville. UGA had thrown a TD with 5 secs left in regulation to tie the game at 31. In overtime while diving for the end zone, on a play that was originally ruled a TD, "Pig" Howard lost control of the football prior to crossing the Goal Line. UGA kicked a 42 yard Field Goal to win the game 34-31.

2. The Candy's had a 4th and inches on the UT 33 yard line. They went for it and the play that was ruled a stop by the UT defense. However, and I still don't know how it was determined, on further review, the replay official ruled, without being able to see the ball on replays, that in fact Candy had made a first down. Candy QB threw Carta-Samuels 25-yard completion to Jordan Matthews. Then with 16 secs. to go Candy QB Patton Robinette ran for a 5-yard touchdown giving the Candy's a 14-10 victory.

Those two plays will haunt me this entire off season.

GO Vols. May better days be ahead. I HOPE!

psychovol2 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Two Plays that could have been:

1. With the Game in OT the Vols had a chance to beat UGA in Knoxville. UGA had thrown a TD with 5 secs left in regulation to tie the game at 31. In overtime while diving for the end zone, on a play that was originally ruled a TD, "Pig" Howard lost control of the football prior to crossing the Goal Line. UGA kicked a 42 yard Field Goal to win the game 34-31.

2. The Candy's had a 4th and inches on the UT 33 yard line. They went for it and the play that was ruled a stop by the UT defense. However, and I still don't know how it was determined, on further review, the replay official ruled, without being able to see the ball on replays, that in fact Candy had made a first down. Candy QB threw Carta-Samuels 25-yard completion to Jordan Matthews. Then with 16 secs. to go Candy QB Patton Robinette ran for a 5-yard touchdown giving the Candy's a 14-10 victory.

Those two plays will haunt me this entire off season.

GO Vols. May better days be ahead. I HOPE!

Amen brother. Those plays and a few more from the last several years will be added to the library archive of memories that haunt me. Nevertheless, I believe brighter days are ahead despite an overhaul of the O-line and the front seven. GBO!

trek writes:

I'm sure Pig Howard is haunted by that play as well. But I've never seen such a stretch as the one he executed trying to keep control of that ball. It's at least less painful to know a player absolutely knocked himself out trying to make the play, which he did.

On another note, thank you, seniors, for enduring the last four years of head coach hirings(3), trainer switches (7), and position coach changes (I still haven't heard a number on that one). You have been a victim of poor hiring decisions by unqualified personnel at the university for which you play and represent.

Being able to play on one's college team is an honor and should be a great experience. It's an elite group that not many high school athletes achieve. It's a camaraderie unlike others. I'm so sorry these seniors have had to look back on what should be some of the best, most memorable times of their lives and not have better records to show for it, through no fault of their own. Hopefully they'll be able to take away some treasured memories from the time they spent playing for UT.

Thankfully, their last year has been spent with a man and coaching staff who seem to genuinely want to be here and really wants to train them to win. How I wish for you that Coach Jones had been hired earlier so you could have spent more time playing for him.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, seniors, and thank you for not giving up on each other, the game you love, and UT.

psychovol2 writes:

in response to trek:

I'm sure Pig Howard is haunted by that play as well. But I've never seen such a stretch as the one he executed trying to keep control of that ball. It's at least less painful to know a player absolutely knocked himself out trying to make the play, which he did.

On another note, thank you, seniors, for enduring the last four years of head coach hirings(3), trainer switches (7), and position coach changes (I still haven't heard a number on that one). You have been a victim of poor hiring decisions by unqualified personnel at the university for which you play and represent.

Being able to play on one's college team is an honor and should be a great experience. It's an elite group that not many high school athletes achieve. It's a camaraderie unlike others. I'm so sorry these seniors have had to look back on what should be some of the best, most memorable times of their lives and not have better records to show for it, through no fault of their own. Hopefully they'll be able to take away some treasured memories from the time they spent playing for UT.

Thankfully, their last year has been spent with a man and coaching staff who seem to genuinely want to be here and really wants to train them to win. How I wish for you that Coach Jones had been hired earlier so you could have spent more time playing for him.

Best of luck in your future endeavors, seniors, and thank you for not giving up on each other, the game you love, and UT.

Well said and agreed. Thank you seniors and all those that have persevered through the years of bad hires by an inadequate/inappropriate administration at an elite university. Jimmy Cheek still needs to go the way of Mike Hamilton and the dodo bird.

oldster writes:

Of course, Croom broke his collar bone. Every time a Vol player began to show progress this season, he got hurt. I figure some witchdoctor sucked all the good fortune that the Vols normally would get from them - and several other teams - and gave it all to Auburn the last two weeks.

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