Sunday, September 30, 2007

SEC Week 5 Review

So my picks can be seen below or here. It started out good for my expert picks but faded through the hours. Every Vol hates the Gators and Bammers but tonight it was turned up even more. If it wasn't for these two losing I would have been like it normally is, perfect. So thanks guys, for making me wrong in one more thing in my life. Okay but I got the other six right. 75% is acceptable? I guess. Anyway for those that didn't see the winners they are right below.



MY PICKS RECORD-6-2 (75%)

WINNERS







LOSERS


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Friday, September 28, 2007

SEC Picks



Week 5, Tennessee's bye week is the week we will go around the league with who will pull out the victory, UTVolsFootball style.

PICKED WINNERS


PICKED LOSERS

Total SEC Games- 8

SEC vs. SEC Games-3

SEC vs. Rest Games-5 (SEC vs. Rest Record- 5-0)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

JV Vols Face Hargrave Tonight

The Vols are doing something that hasn't been done at Neyland in 15 years. That is play a JV game. The Vols welcome to the house Hargrave Military Academy at 7 tonight. Some Vols to make a stop at Hargrave are Brent Vinson, Jonathan Hefney, Antonio Reynolds, Demonte Bolden and Darius Myers. Some guys Tennessee will be looking at are receiver DeAngelo Benton (committed to LSU), running back Enrique Davis (Auburn) and linebacker Quillie Odom (Virginia Tech). Fulmer seemed to like the idea and said “It’s a recruiting opportunity for us, but also it’s a chance to see some of our players that haven’t played very much.” Sophmore Jonathon Crompton. backup quaterback, is listed but will not play.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dawgystyle Week 5

You don't want to hear me drone on and on about the Dawgs win over Bama, but admit it - UT fans love the fact that Nick Saban lost his first game.

What scares me most:
1. Georgia needs to be wary of the same "letdown" that Bama had last weekend after a big win.
2. The Vols have an extra week to prepare for the Dawgs.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking past this weekend,. But I'm sure the Vols will be primed to break the "home field curse" in this series. It's been five years since the home team won and I'm just hoping that doesn't change until next year.

The UT/UGA game may be the undercard on Ocotber 6th, but it should still be a very good game.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Secondary Thoughts

Saturday will be the forth game of the season. It will also be the forth different rotation the Vols will show in their starting defensive secondary. It's no secret that Tennessee's defense has looked pitiful this year as they have given up 40+ twice. The changes will be in freshman Eric Berry, had an interception for a TD last week, who will be back at strong safety. At cornerback it's between DeAngelo Willingham or freshman Brent Vinson. Injury has played some part in the changes as cornerback Antonio Gaines went down against Southern Miss with a season ending torn ACL. Jonathan Hefney will remain the starter at free safety and we are still waiting for him to show up. So far, he hasn't brought that senior leadership on defense we expected and has deffiniatly not played up to his preseason All-America role.







PHILLIP FULMER QUOTE OF WISDOM


"They know played Texas off their feet. Certainly they know."
-Phillip Fulmer

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Smogy Smoke is Building On Rocky Top

There are problems on The Hill when it comes to Tennessee football. When the team's doing bad who are the first to go. Everyone just felt smart by answering the coaches. So as the Vols begin the season 1-2, the fans have turned on the coach. You can go over to Volnation.com and sense the hate with all the threads about rumors on a new head coach or getting rid of Fulmer. Heck, one poster has decided to call out Chavis and his terrible looking defense by sporting the avatar seen at the right. It's the way the season has started that has Vol fans scared. Fans see more than just flashes of 2005 in this team, they see worse. So much worse that fans think the Vols will drop games like Arkansas State who they play this Saturday. It's even begun to spread around the nation that Tennesse is not where they once were. Colin Cowhard said on ESPN radio this morning that a change is needed. That Phillip Fulmer is a average coach, who deserves to be at an average school like Ole Miss not Tennessee. He went on to say that Fulmer's success in the 90's was from two things. His teams were always more talented than the competition and the coaching in the SEC was average. Making an average coach like the other's in the conference, look better because of his players. Now the Vols aren't bringing in the same players. There's other places to go such as Florida, USC, or Texas just to name a few. Coaching wise, you have Urban Meyer, Mark Richt, Les Miles, Tommy Tuberville, Nick Saban, and Rich Brooks even. He also mentioned the 5-of last-7 bowl losses and a nonbowl season. There are problems on the Hill, problems that need to be dealt with, or you'll see Tennessee's status drop to average by the time Fulmer is gone.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rod Wilks: Solid Verbal

It was a typical Wednesday for most. You wake up, eat, shower the regular. But, it wasn't supposed to be a regular Wednesday, its official Talk Like A Pirate Day. UT recruit Rod Wilks was talking. He woke up with a decision to make. He made the right one. Wilks declared that he would be playing for the Tennessee Volunteers this morning and seemed ready to do so. He's a Rivals.com three star wide reciever and ranked #87 on the ESPN 150, he's out of Smyrna High School located in Tennessee. With speed, hands, and the ability to break the long one. Rivals.com Rod Wilks Video Wilks joins brother Marsalous Johnson, a sophomore defensive back at Tennessee. Wilks has caught 19 passes for 297 yards and scored five touchdowns in four games this year.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Dawgystyle – UT vs Arky State

Painful as it is, let’s review last week. I said it would be a shoot out. I think it would have been, but somewhere along the way, David Cutcliffe forgot to show up. All I know is, I stepped outside to mow the lawn at about 3:50pm, came back an hour later and Tebow was making out with his roommate on the sideline.
I have perused the internet to find out what happened and everyone seems to have a different opinion. But one thing is clear. The Vols defense may be in trouble. Is Florida that good? Maybe, but it shouldn’t give up 59 points to anyone. To draw comparison, check the UT/UGA game from 2006. Even if UT was clearly the better team, Dawg fans know that giving up 51 points (especially at home) is inexcusable.
So Fulmer is staying the course and moving on.
I know less about Arkansas State than I do the Gators. But again, this game is not about the Indians. It’s about the Vols. How you respond to bad losses is the difference between a good season and a 2005-type season. It’s not only important to win this game (which should be relatively easy to do), but it’s important to improve on the things that went wrong. October’s schedule brings three top 25 teams, so now’s the time to get better.
Other games you should care about:
S. Carolina @ LSU– The Gamecocks will have to pull everything out of the bag to make this game even close. It will be THE film to watch when preparing to play them. Plus, we’ll get to see Blake Mitchell bent over a chair for the first time.
Georgia @ Bama – If the Tide beats Georgia on Saturday, they are a Seminole win away from greeting the Vols at 7-0. Sure, sure, it would be that much sweeter to hand them their first loss, but COME ON, HELP A BROTHA OUT!!!
Kentucky @ Arkansas – If you think your defense is bad, this game should make you feel better. And let’s face it. It’s only fun to watch Darren McFadden when he’s gashing someone else.

Notre Dame is 0-3. And Michigan is going to trade in their Lloyd Carr. For one with Les Miles.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Arkansas State Preview

Saturday presents another game Tennessee fans aren't used to playing. The game with the Arkansas State Indians is another that will be able to be viewed through PPV Video Seat. Just like for the Southern Miss game we present to you a preview of what you will Saturday lining up against your Vols. This is a Preview from Arkstfan over at Tribal Grounds.


Arkansas State is finding its way back into the respectable realm of college football. From 1963 to 1989, the soon to be re-named Indians won a national title in College Division I (think top Division II plus I-AA together), were runner-ups in I-AA, won seven Southland conference titles, made seven post-season appearances, and won over 60% of its games. During that stretch ASU was coached by three men who had been on staff in Jonesboro prior to being named head coach. Bennie Ellender left for Tulane, Bill Davidson’s health issues sent him into administration and Larry Lacewell left to become defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Current Vol assistant Steve Caldwell was one of the coaches who followed him to Knoxville.After 26 very stable years Arkansas State discovered turmoil. Al Kincaid lasted two years, Ray Perkins stayed a year leaving days before national signing day, John Bobo made it four years, and Joe Hollis five before Steve Roberts was hired. In the five seasons he has completed, Roberts has a losing record at ASU but has matched the win total posted in the nine prior years by Bobo and Hollis. He has one Sun Belt title and one bowl appearance at ASU.


Pictured: Reggie Arnold (Photo by Mark Foltz)
OFFENSE. For five years Arkansas State under Roberts has depended on a power running attack but close observers of the program have felt that was a choice forced upon him by available talent rather than choice. With sophomore QB Corey Leonard now having a half season of starting experience under his belt as a freshman, the ASU attack has been more balanced in 2007, ranking 32nd nationally rushing and 36th passing. While the numbers are helped by playing the porous SMU defense, the Tribe posted only 119 more yards offense against the Ponies than against the Texas Longhorns. Leonard is 47th in the nation in pass efficiency and 20th in total offense due to his rushing ability. The rushing attack is led by another sophomore, Reggie Arnold. Nicknamed “Monsta” because his weight room work, Arnold is a bowling bowl runner who scored at Texas after being hit outside the two yard line and bulling his way into the end zone. (video here http://www.asutv.com/ASU-TV/Texas_Game.html) The starting five on the line for ASU has played very well. The lack of experienced depth on the line remains a concern. ASU will often use two tight ends and unlike past seasons, they are receiving targets as well.


Corey Leonard(Photo by Mark Foltz)

DEFENSE. Any talk of the ASU defense starts with the senior laden secondary. Sun Belt Pre-Season Defensive Player of the Year Tyrell Johnson attracts most of the attention and is expected to be a fairly early draft pick. The other senior starters, Burns, Harrison, and Toney are being touted as probable late round picks or free agent signees. Johnson has 18 tackles so far this year and Burns has 13. Harrison has 2 interceptions on the season and Johnson has one. The linebackers were a question mark coming into the season. Koby McKinnon and Ben Owens are 2nd and 4th on the tackle chart and McKinnon also has an interception. Up front ASU was concerned about the front four but the performance has been solid this year and ASU is rotating 7 or 8 per game in those positions. The defense attracted a lot of notice by stuffing Texas on a first and goal at the three when the Horns ran four times and netted only two yards and getting the ball back on downs.



Koby McKinnon causes a fumble (Photo By Mark Foltz)

SPECIAL TEAMS. Warning sign that your special teams have issues, your fans are excited about the signing of a top high school deep snapper. That was the case this summer for ASU. A bad snap had given up a TD last season and bad snaps had resulted in some blocked kicks. That part seems fixed. Sophomore Josh Arauco is 3 of 5 on the season placekicking, one miss was a short kick at Texas that was wide left. The other miss would have been one of the longest of his career if he had made it. ASU does not kickoff especially well. Punting is an adventure. Bret Shrable has been inconsistent with his punting but is capable of very long punts, he caught a horrible break against SMU when 40 yard punt from the ASU 2 took a wild high backward bounce and was finally downed at the ASU 28 for a 26 yard punt setting up an SMU touchdown. Kickoff and punt returns have been mediocre so far.

Reggie Arnold (Photo by Mark Foltz)

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