Vols drop coverage with injuries to Brian Randolph, Byron Moore

Tennessee defensive back Byron Moore (3) sits on the bench in the second half near the end of a 45-10 loss to Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Moore was injured during the game. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Tennessee defensive back Byron Moore (3) sits on the bench in the second half near the end of a 45-10 loss to Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Moore was injured during the game. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Brian Randolph was done for the day early in the first quarter. Another Tennessee safety, Byron Moore, left Bryant-Denny Stadium on crutches Saturday.

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mikeh#259622 writes:

I have the utmost respect for Coach Saban and what he has been able to build at bama. He may very well be the best coach in the history of football with what he has done both at bama and at LSU. Having said that, I wonder exactly what his purpose was in his comments about Derek Dooley. While DD might have "worked hard", his results were extremely disappointing, and his choice of bringing in Sal might very well have set us back a few more years had UT not made the decision to go in a completely different direction. Coach Jones is doing a great job, and if we can get to 6 wins and a bowl this year we should be able to hold most of the tremendous recruiting class together. Then do it again next year and the following year, and I believe UT will be back in the business of competing for the SEC. Go Vols!

volbald writes:

The rest of the SEC wishes that D. Dooley was still our head coach. That being said, Coach Jones made a big mistake by calling Ala. "the red team" instead of Ala. I thought it indicated that UT was afraid of Ala. going into the game. The Vols certainly played like they were afraid of UA. Give credit where credit is due and then play hard. UT did neither this time around. What is Jones' going to call Mo. during practice this week?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volbald:

The rest of the SEC wishes that D. Dooley was still our head coach. That being said, Coach Jones made a big mistake by calling Ala. "the red team" instead of Ala. I thought it indicated that UT was afraid of Ala. going into the game. The Vols certainly played like they were afraid of UA. Give credit where credit is due and then play hard. UT did neither this time around. What is Jones' going to call Mo. during practice this week?

Hard to disagree with this in retrospect, but I think I know what CBJ was thinking. If you will recall, Johnny Majors used to work himself and the team into such a lather about the importance of beating Alabama that the Vols rarely played a decent game against them and suffered one of the longer UT droughts against them as a result. Jones may not have had that in mind, but the idea of treating any given game as just "our next opponent" and concentrating on what one's own team does is a time-honored approach; it just didn't happen to work this time.

Emotion is a two-edged sword in competition; you want your side to have a strong desire to play well and beat the other team, but you can't rely on induced emotion to perform at your best over the long haul, even if the "long haul" is only one complete game. How many times have we seen a team come out of the tunnel yelling and jumping around only to be completely spent by the second half when the adrenaline rush subsides? With the team he has right now, CBJ can hardly afford to miss a single trick but that is a pretty high bar for any coach to clear every time when you have such a small margin for error.

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