John Adams: Vols almost changed more than their uniforms

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Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) scores a touchdown against Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) during the second half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North (8) scores a touchdown against Georgia inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera (52) during the second half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

A gray day almost turned great for Tennessee on Saturday. The Vols put on their new gray uniforms and almost took down No. 6 Georgia in one of the most draining games ever played at Neyland Stadium.

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Comments » 12

GreerVol22 writes:

Valiant effort. No shame in your game guys...no moral victories here mind you but we definitely need more talent to compete.

gc_scvol writes:

Couldn't have hurt our recruiting with some big names on campus. I'm sure the kids could tell that the Vols could contend with more big-time talent.

towmater writes:

With his aggressive play-calling, Butch Jones is clearly endearing himself to the fans.

FWBVol writes:

Pig Howard gave his all for Tennessee today and in giving his all the ball slipped out of his hand and the game slipped away from the Vols.

Justin Worley looked like a SEC quarterback today. And Rajion Neal stepped up big with Marlin Lane out.

Losing is never fun, but this is a positive loss that we can build on. Alabama will be tough in two weeks, but I think South Carolina is a winnable game as is Auburn if we play the way we did this afternoon.

johnlg00 writes:

Good comments by all. The Vols showed Saturday that they can PLAY with the big boys; now they have to learn how to BEAT the big boys. It was just three mistakes late by players trying to make aggressive plays that prevented them from winning this one. If Vereen hadn't wrenched the UGA tight end's helmet off, he might have gotten away with holding on the play, since the main action was some distance away. If Coleman had turned his head and tried to make a play for the ball, he might have gotten away with PI in the end zone. If they had avoided just one of those penalties, UGA possibly wouldn't have made that tying TD with FIVE SECONDS left. And of course, if Howard had just protected the ball and gone down after he was hit, the Vols would have had at worst first-and-goal at the two yard-line. More experienced players would have made those plays; less aggressive players wouldn't have been close enough to make those mistakes. The Vols showed that they are just THISCLOSE to being competitive with anybody.

johnlg00 writes:

PS: Lots of things DID go the Vols' way as well. A clearer view on the replays might have denied North that otherwise outstanding toe-tap TD. And although a true fan hates to see good players injured, the game could have been different if Marshall hadn't gotten his knee torn up or if a couple of key receivers hadn't also gotten hurt. Still, a great effort by the Vols. If they can keep that up, all the remaining games except maybe for Alabama are winnable.

quickslant writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Good comments by all. The Vols showed Saturday that they can PLAY with the big boys; now they have to learn how to BEAT the big boys. It was just three mistakes late by players trying to make aggressive plays that prevented them from winning this one. If Vereen hadn't wrenched the UGA tight end's helmet off, he might have gotten away with holding on the play, since the main action was some distance away. If Coleman had turned his head and tried to make a play for the ball, he might have gotten away with PI in the end zone. If they had avoided just one of those penalties, UGA possibly wouldn't have made that tying TD with FIVE SECONDS left. And of course, if Howard had just protected the ball and gone down after he was hit, the Vols would have had at worst first-and-goal at the two yard-line. More experienced players would have made those plays; less aggressive players wouldn't have been close enough to make those mistakes. The Vols showed that they are just THISCLOSE to being competitive with anybody.

Shoulda, coulda woulda... It was a great effort for 4 quarters.

Goodgriefcharliebrown writes:

Who didn't expect Georgia to be down and sluggish after an emotional win against LSU. Tennessee had an opportunity and blew it. The catch in the end zone view from across the field shows his feet were off the turf.

BankerVol writes:

in response to Goodgriefcharliebrown:

Who didn't expect Georgia to be down and sluggish after an emotional win against LSU. Tennessee had an opportunity and blew it. The catch in the end zone view from across the field shows his feet were off the turf.

GTH Goodgrief!

volbald writes:

In light of how lost we've looked during the past 3 1/2 years, it was a marvelous and amazing effort. The team made its share of mistakes but fought through them. Maybe Worley can settle down and play the rest of the season like he did in the second half of the Georgia game. Even average SEC level QB play will make this team a winner. GO VOLS!

allvol8 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Pig Howard gave his all for Tennessee today and in giving his all the ball slipped out of his hand and the game slipped away from the Vols.

Justin Worley looked like a SEC quarterback today. And Rajion Neal stepped up big with Marlin Lane out.

Losing is never fun, but this is a positive loss that we can build on. Alabama will be tough in two weeks, but I think South Carolina is a winnable game as is Auburn if we play the way we did this afternoon.

A+

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volbald:

In light of how lost we've looked during the past 3 1/2 years, it was a marvelous and amazing effort. The team made its share of mistakes but fought through them. Maybe Worley can settle down and play the rest of the season like he did in the second half of the Georgia game. Even average SEC level QB play will make this team a winner. GO VOLS!

What you said ought to be the takeaway for both the team and the fans. Who could doubt that the previous years' teams could have easily given up when they were down in the first half? Or even moreso when UGA took the lead back from them in the second half? These guys kept fighting back all day and were within just a few seconds of the biggest win in recent UT history. The fact that they were "hurt" by such a loss is a good sign because they knew they were "in it to win it" and, once they were in that situation, they SHOULD have won it. Proud of all the guys on Saturday. If they just keep working and believing, they still have a lot to accomplish yet this season.

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