Oregon viewing Vols as 'unbelievable'

It was unbelievable how many times Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich used the word 'unbelievable' in describing Tennessee on Monday. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

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It was unbelievable how many times Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich used the word "unbelievable" in describing Tennessee on Monday. (Bruce Ely/The Oregonian)

EUGENE -- Mark Helfrich said No. 2 Oregon had its best Monday practice of the year, and from the sounds of it, the Ducks will need it as they prepare to host Tennessee on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

The Volunteers (2-0), who have had easy wins against Austin Peay (45-0) and Western Kentucky (52-20), will be the biggest and most athletic team the Ducks have faced this year, Helfrich said.

“If you combine the height of Virginia and the girth of Tennessee, you’d have an unbelievable squad, but yeah, (the offensive line) is huge. They are athletic, they are well coached, and have a great scheme. It’s a challenge. Our defensive line had a tough challenge last week and it gets tougher this week.’’

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TommyJack writes:

Let's hope we're a challenge for them. Pound the fritter, lads. Run clock.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

Looks like the Ducks coach went to the Lou Holtz-Bear Bryant School of Poormouthing. Good for him; to me it's much better than coming out and saying, "well, we're favored by almost four touchdowns, so we should grind them up like hamburger." By the same token, I enjoy Coach Butch's reiteration about what a challenge it is to play Oregon.... Coachspeak is so much fun.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SewaneeVolFan:

Looks like the Ducks coach went to the Lou Holtz-Bear Bryant School of Poormouthing. Good for him; to me it's much better than coming out and saying, "well, we're favored by almost four touchdowns, so we should grind them up like hamburger." By the same token, I enjoy Coach Butch's reiteration about what a challenge it is to play Oregon.... Coachspeak is so much fun.

Good one. No doubt "coachspeak" is an entertaining if not always totally informative dialect. I hope Coach Helfrich has a hard time convincing his race-horses that the Vols might be for real. There may be a few players who remember how they pushed the Vols around during their visit to K'ville. Maybe they will infect their teammates with a bad case of "Relax, we got this."

Building on a previous article, it seems that CBJ and staff are more aware of the need for the offense and defense to work together than seemed to be the case last year. It may have been that last year, the Vols "quick-strike" offense was simply the best way for them to go, so they couldn't shackle the offense for the benefit of the defense, which, bad as it was, could probably have benefited from some longer drives on occasion. A somewhat more deliberate offensive approach may well fit the Vols' offensive personnel better this year, but it is also telling that strong reference was made to how the offense could help the defense, rather than leaving them to essentially fend for themselves as they seemed to do last year.

Snapshot writes:

See the Ducks coach is worried, we got them right where we want them!! GBO!

vut5686#1405392 writes:

I do not know how to relate that quote regarding 31 (or so) yards per minute. But whatever it means, sounds scary. I rather doubt Oregon is very much in awe of us. As old Johnny would say, if we "play hard," that is about all we should ask. Anything else good that happens is icing.

sadim13tn#1425307 writes:

We have won bigger ones. Remember the "Sugar-Vols". GBO, wish I could be there.

fannotsheep writes:

It's a tough task, traveling there and taking on a team with so much speed. I don't think Oregon is as good as the best of the SEC but they're much closer than the Vols are right now. But I am not in the camp that's already put the game in the loss column. A well-coached team generally gets better each week. If we can stay in the game and be within striking distance midway through the 3rd quarter, it could get interesting.

But the betting money is going big for Oregon and for good reason. Lots of talent and tons of speed.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to vut5686#1405392:

I do not know how to relate that quote regarding 31 (or so) yards per minute. But whatever it means, sounds scary. I rather doubt Oregon is very much in awe of us. As old Johnny would say, if we "play hard," that is about all we should ask. Anything else good that happens is icing.

In one of the articles, it was stated that Oregon averages--gasp!--9.5 yards per play. They try to snap the ball every 15-20 seconds, giving them a little less than four plays per minute of possession. That works out pretty close to 30-something yards per minute. I agree with you that Oregon probably feels quite confident going into this game. The Vols' best hope is that, despite Coach Helfrich's warnings, they will be TOO confident and make some mistakes the Vols can capitalize on. But, as you say, about all we can really count on is that the Vols will play hard throughout the game and won't be too disheartened even if they lose big on the scoreboard.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to sadim13tn#1425307:

We have won bigger ones. Remember the "Sugar-Vols". GBO, wish I could be there.

I was at that game. The Superdome was about 80-90% Orange that night, and Miami was clearly rattled, and the Vols clearly emboldened, by the unceasing pro-Vol din. Unfortunately, the Vols won't have that advantage Saturday; in fact, their Autzen Stadium is said to be one of the loudest in the country. But as long as there is life, there is hope, and I know the Vols will give it their best shot.

GreerVol22 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Let's hope we're a challenge for them. Pound the fritter, lads. Run clock.

TJ has it right. Make their D-line look like a bunch of gassed "Clown-eys"

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

It's a tough task, traveling there and taking on a team with so much speed. I don't think Oregon is as good as the best of the SEC but they're much closer than the Vols are right now. But I am not in the camp that's already put the game in the loss column. A well-coached team generally gets better each week. If we can stay in the game and be within striking distance midway through the 3rd quarter, it could get interesting.

But the betting money is going big for Oregon and for good reason. Lots of talent and tons of speed.

Well, both teams will start out 0-0 and the longer the Vols can keep it that way, the better. Better yet would be for the Vols to score first and stop Oregon on their first possession. A 7-0 lead early won't guarantee a Vol victory, but it would be a lot better than being down, say, 28-0 after the first quarter. It has probably been some time since the Ducks have felt any "game pressure" at their place, so you never know how they and their fans might react if the Vols can force them to start slow.

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