5 Big Things: Tennessee vs. South Carolina

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Tennessee coach Butch Jones runs onto the field with Antonio “Tiny” Richardson (74) against Georgia at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 5.

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ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee coach Butch Jones runs onto the field with Antonio “Tiny” Richardson (74) against Georgia at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 5.

1) Hello Orange: Presumably, the Vols will run through the ‘T’ in the traditional orange home uniforms Saturday. The smokey gray uniforms helped spike the energy level against Georgia but Tennessee bleeds orange, not gray. And it’s a little too early to break out Halloween black like the Vols did against South Carolina in 2009.

2) Playmakers: UT’s offense is a work in progress and it did show progress last time out against Georgia in one vital area — players making plays. Pig Howard and Marquez North, in particular, are getting more confident with the ball in their hands. There is still a big upside.

3) Pride of Rock Hill: The most important playmaker is the quarterback. Junior Justin Worley, from Rock Hill, S.C., must build on his second-half momentum against Georgia and continue to be dynamic and decisive against the home-state school.

4) Band of Brothers: This will be an emotional and potentially awkward day for that game-day staple, The Pride of the Southland Band. After a controversial week, will they be embraced by the crowd? Most likely.

5) So Long Steve?: Steve Spurrier, an historical nemesis, could conceivably be making his last Neyland Stadium appearance. The Ol’ Ball Coach is 68 and while he hasn’t been talking about retirement, it’s worth asking: Will he still be on the sideline at 70 for South Carolina’s next visit?

Mike Strange

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Comments » 7

volbald writes:

The team looks more "intimidating" in gray than it does in orange. Let's hope they play just as hard as they did during the second half against UGA. And let's hope that the SC team that lost to UGA shows up, not the SC team that pummeled Ark. last Saturday.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

Any particular reason you have the video posted on top of the story GVX?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

Any particular reason you have the video posted on top of the story GVX?

I've seen a couple of, er, awkward layouts recently on here. I thought it was just my computer not acting right.

On topic, this is the time to see if the Vols have really turned some kind of corner on the way to developing a winning attitude. How sweet would it be for Spurrier's last memory of Neyland to be trudging off the field after a loss to the Vols! Wasn't it a loss to the Vols that helped ease him out the door at Florida? He will always have career winning record against them, but I would love for him to have to bite on an orange-colored pit or two when he is chewing over his career in his dotage.

smalltownsouthernman writes:

I would love to read this story but the video is in the way and I cannot move it.

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I've seen a couple of, er, awkward layouts recently on here. I thought it was just my computer not acting right.

On topic, this is the time to see if the Vols have really turned some kind of corner on the way to developing a winning attitude. How sweet would it be for Spurrier's last memory of Neyland to be trudging off the field after a loss to the Vols! Wasn't it a loss to the Vols that helped ease him out the door at Florida? He will always have career winning record against them, but I would love for him to have to bite on an orange-colored pit or two when he is chewing over his career in his dotage.

Losing to this Vol team with the talent he's assembled in Columbia would indeed be a bitter pill.....or pit.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Losing to this Vol team with the talent he's assembled in Columbia would indeed be a bitter pill.....or pit.

And yet, lose he will.

OrangePride writes:

AND A FEW MORE THINGS: 1) Improve our control of the clock. In our recent games, we have not always stayed on the field and maximized our plays. We will have to use our passing game as well as running the ball if we are to succeed. 2) Take the passing lanes they give us. Gamecocks have been easier to pass against than run against. So look for those shorter, seam route passes and take the 5-6 yards as often as possible. 3)Make special teams special. When we have to punt, get downfield and minimize returns. If we get field goal opportunities, MAKE THEM! If we are in this game in the fourth quarter, a field goal might be the difference! GO VOLS

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