Tennessee-Kentucky: Report Card

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks to a group of players against Kentucky during the second half in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.

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AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Butch Jones talks to a group of players against Kentucky during the second half in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.

Tennessee-Kentucky report card.

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TNFaninFL writes:

Let the recruiting begin... get this # 2 class in and start next year. O Line underachieved all year, D line needs help, linebackers and secondary need more speed. Maybe the new blood and year 2 with Butch and the staff will produce the beginning of the turnaround.

GerryOP writes:

Don't care about A's, B's, and C's. All that matters is 5-7. Let's hope that those days are over.

jmaples54 writes:

vol fans have endured a long drought of success. don't get your hopes up for next year. more patience will be required.

in the meantime, hopefully we can savor top recruiting classes and the occasional upset in our tough 2014 schedule.

...and regression in the vandy program as franklin runs off to...texas or penn state (if Obrien leaves)

sure hope the offensive line production gets better, even as this year's linemen go on to the nfl.

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Don't care about A's, B's, and C's. All that matters is 5-7. Let's hope that those days are over.

I agree with you on the grading system but I'm afraid we will continue to struggle next year as well while the new kids go thru the adjustment period. In comparison the the skill & physical talent I saw in the Alabama/Auburn game both Kentucky and Tennessee looked & played like High /School kids. Will we be back to their skill and physical level next year? No way maybe in 2015 we will have closed the gap some but not enough to go toe to toe on a weekly basis with the big boys. Hope I'm proven wrong but don't think I will be. One thing is for sure I'll still be hooting and rooting for the Vols & Butch to get-er-done, which they will eventually do.

ThirdCreek writes:

Well it's nice to see the tough season end on a positive note.

It could be worse-we could be Florida Gator fans with a team that finished 4-8 with arguably more talent than the Vols and certainly higher expectations going into the season.

bobscleo#330846 writes:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

I agree with you on the grading system but I'm afraid we will continue to struggle next year as well while the new kids go thru the adjustment period. In comparison the the skill & physical talent I saw in the Alabama/Auburn game both Kentucky and Tennessee looked & played like High /School kids. Will we be back to their skill and physical level next year? No way maybe in 2015 we will have closed the gap some but not enough to go toe to toe on a weekly basis with the big boys. Hope I'm proven wrong but don't think I will be. One thing is for sure I'll still be hooting and rooting for the Vols & Butch to get-er-done, which they will eventually do.

very good observation-I totally agree-TN-KY looked like high school-next season will be as bad or worse record wise

asleep#212036 writes:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

I agree with you on the grading system but I'm afraid we will continue to struggle next year as well while the new kids go thru the adjustment period. In comparison the the skill & physical talent I saw in the Alabama/Auburn game both Kentucky and Tennessee looked & played like High /School kids. Will we be back to their skill and physical level next year? No way maybe in 2015 we will have closed the gap some but not enough to go toe to toe on a weekly basis with the big boys. Hope I'm proven wrong but don't think I will be. One thing is for sure I'll still be hooting and rooting for the Vols & Butch to get-er-done, which they will eventually do.

Well said. The teams that made us look the worst this season were Oregon, Missouri, and Auburn, teams with amazing offensive speed. In fact, it shouldn't be lost on the rest of the SEC that this year's participants in the SEC CG happen to be the two fastest offensive teams in the conference. No way we get 10-game good in one more season so next year, unfortunately, a bowl should still be our loftiest goal. But IF Butch can get this class and one more anywhere close to it and IF Butch can coach them at all, then 2015 should be the year when we can start to talk about competing for the East once again. I know it hurts to say it but folks, this team is just not talented, especially in the upper classes. We are playing with our last four classes ranked 9th, 13th, 21st, and 29th, realizing that the Kiffin 9th rated class lost almost all its stars within 2 years, most of them before they could even contribute significantly on the field. Butch's next two classes, if Top 10, will only start to get us back to level with the big boys and even then those kids won't be experienced. And just for comparison, only two other teams suffered the level of offensive injuries that we faced with their skill players - Georgia and Florida. Both of those teams had bad seasons by their standards, Florida's was bad by anybody's standards. And they both are fielding teams with 5 straight Top 10 recruiting classes. So let's not hit Butch and company too hard on a 5-7 year, especially considering the schedule. We have been in steady decline since 2006 so there's no reason to expect it to be fixed in one or two years. Go Vols!!!

SummerfieldVol writes:

As far as recruiting goes we can recruit 25 players and if only two or three are outstanding player we had a good recruiting class. All 25 will not be starters or even get to play at all.The one thing if I was the QB coach I would be trying to figure out how to keep Joshua Dobbs feet on the ground when he throws, especially when he tries to throw on the run, he does not throw off of his back foot. He is losing a lot of power and that effects his accuracy.

rsummie#211799 writes:

in response to SummerfieldVol:

As far as recruiting goes we can recruit 25 players and if only two or three are outstanding player we had a good recruiting class. All 25 will not be starters or even get to play at all.The one thing if I was the QB coach I would be trying to figure out how to keep Joshua Dobbs feet on the ground when he throws, especially when he tries to throw on the run, he does not throw off of his back foot. He is losing a lot of power and that effects his accuracy.

Dobbs also doesn't appear to go through his receiver progressions. It seems like he locks on to his primary receiver and that's who he throws to...covered or not.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to asleep#212036:

Well said. The teams that made us look the worst this season were Oregon, Missouri, and Auburn, teams with amazing offensive speed. In fact, it shouldn't be lost on the rest of the SEC that this year's participants in the SEC CG happen to be the two fastest offensive teams in the conference. No way we get 10-game good in one more season so next year, unfortunately, a bowl should still be our loftiest goal. But IF Butch can get this class and one more anywhere close to it and IF Butch can coach them at all, then 2015 should be the year when we can start to talk about competing for the East once again. I know it hurts to say it but folks, this team is just not talented, especially in the upper classes. We are playing with our last four classes ranked 9th, 13th, 21st, and 29th, realizing that the Kiffin 9th rated class lost almost all its stars within 2 years, most of them before they could even contribute significantly on the field. Butch's next two classes, if Top 10, will only start to get us back to level with the big boys and even then those kids won't be experienced. And just for comparison, only two other teams suffered the level of offensive injuries that we faced with their skill players - Georgia and Florida. Both of those teams had bad seasons by their standards, Florida's was bad by anybody's standards. And they both are fielding teams with 5 straight Top 10 recruiting classes. So let's not hit Butch and company too hard on a 5-7 year, especially considering the schedule. We have been in steady decline since 2006 so there's no reason to expect it to be fixed in one or two years. Go Vols!!!

A good, healthy splash of the cold water of reality on both the irrational optimists and the over-eager naysayers. More speed in the skill positions will certainly help, but the process of restoring depth and talent in the lines is a long haul for a program as far in arrears in those areas as the Vols are.

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