John Adams: 'Mental conditioning' crucial against the Ducks

John Adams
Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia at Scott Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

Butch Jones uses a lot of "d" words.The Tennessee coach harps on details, discipline and distractions. Maybe that will pay off for the Vols on Saturday when they play No. 2 Oregon.

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Comments » 5

wigmeister writes:

Mental conditioning is crucial against all teams, Ducks included. Get with the program.

jmaples54 writes:

in response to wigmeister:

Mental conditioning is crucial against all teams, Ducks included. Get with the program.

i thought switching to a subscriber-based site would cure us of the know-it-alls, and to a large extent it has. I know you think mental conditioning was crucial against Austin peay, but I disagree. get with the program. or not.

johnlg00 writes:

No question the Oregon offense is the football equivalent of "shock and awe". Their amazingly fast pace puts what can become unbearable mental pressure on a defense. When any gap, poor pursuit angle, or missed tackle can result in a TD from any spot on the field, the cumulative fear of making a mistake and watching the scoreboard flash affects every aspect of an opponent's game plan and mental/emotional makeup. The Vols are going to need an almost unprecedented amount of "mental conditioning" to survive long enough to leave a favorable impression of their future prospects. Gotta say, this is a game I may watch through gaps in my fingers; it could get just that ugly, that fast.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Whether we all agree "mental conditioning is crucial" or not, we can all agree the Vols "...have to travel all the way to Eugene, OR." That is insightful.

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

General Nathanael Greene

“We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.”

He wound up on the winning side of the American Revolution in the end.

I just want to see the Vols play every play and finish every play.

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