A replacement. That is how Erik Ainge came into the Senior Bowl on Saturday. When Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm skipped the game, Erik Ainge was called upon to replace him. He decided he wouldn't make light of the opportunity. Ainge took over on his own 14 with 2:48 left, and helped drive the South down the field for the game winning touchdown. Ironically, that touchdown came from Florida's Andre Caldwell, who received the end around from Ainge. "I'll remember handing the ball to a Gator to win for the rest of my life." Another Vol, Brad Cottam, who was out for a good portion of the season because of a broken arm did well for the South. Cottam caught a 6 yard touchdown from quarterback Andre Woodson. Cottam has been pretty impressive lately, after a touchdown in the Outback Bowl as well. He is expected to be a fairly high draft pick and a great tight end for the NFL. The South won the game 17-16. Ainge was seen talking to Redskins and Chiefs scouts throughout the week.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I'll keep this short.
Okay, it's the offseason and were bored already. Sure there's the Super Bowl left but not until next Sunday and it appears one sided at this point. So Vol fans, here's a beginning to a collection of animated gifs.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
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It was announced this morning that Latrell Scott will join the staff at wide receivers coach. Scott comes from Richmond where he coached under new Offensive Coordinator, Dave Clawson. Head coach Phil Fulmer said, “In the interview process, he was very energetic, knowledgeable, and appears to be an excellent teacher. He has an outstanding reputation as a recruiter.” This appears to be another great hire for the Vols who seem to have a continued focuse on recruiting. Phillip Fulmer, who is a great recruiter himself, has added Stan Drayton, Dave Clawson, and Latrell Scott who all have Recruiter next to their specialties. Clawson even stressed recruiting at his press conference Friday, when he announced he would take the Tennessee job. (See post below for Video) Drayton was a Top 25 Recruiter and Scott has shown he can recruit everywhere he has been. The fact that the two assisstants have experience coaching under Clawson is nothing but a plus. “The carryover of his knowledge of Coach Clawson’s system certainly will help us make the transition,” Fulmer said about Scott. I like the way Fulmer has gone with his hiring and this revamped offense will hopefully show an improvement to an offense that was becoming boring. Tennessee football in 2008 just got that much more exciting.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Richmond's Dave Clawson was announced Friday as Cutcliffe's replacement. Clawson comes to Tennessee after being head coach at Richmond. He also had a stint in the '90s with current runningbacks coach Stan Drayton at Villanova. "This was always a goal professionally and a dream of mine," Clawson said. "This is not the first phone call I've had for an opportunity like this, but this was the first one that excited me. I really believe Tennessee is one of the premier football programs in the country.On a professional level, coaches are driven and I'm no different," he said. "The challenge of coaching in the SEC at Tennessee, I think, is a great challenge and one that was too good of an opportunity to pass up."
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
One down, three to go. Stan Drayton accepted the running backs job today. Drayton has been with Florida since 2005 but made the jump to join Coach Fulmer's soon to be staff. Drayton seems like a great hire for the Vols after losing Trooper Taylor. Trooper was best know for recruiting, but Drayton can do his share too, as he was a Rivals Top 25 recruiter for 2007 after his work at Florida. He told the Tennesean over the phone something we all love to hear, “I’m a Volunteer."
Jerod Mayo Going Pro
Junior linebacker Jerod Mayo has decided to take his game to the next level and has submitted his paperwork for the NFL Draft. News leaked last night but it was made official today after a meeting with head coach Phillip Fulmer and defensive coordinator John Chavis. Mayo led the SEC in total tackles with 140. Chavis continued to show his support for Mayo and is quoted saying, "He feels like he's done everything he can do here and has done everything we've asked of him and more," Chavis said. "We'd love to have him back. But he feels like the time is right to go, and we support him 100 percent. He's one of the best I've ever coached." Mayo had already earned his degree and was given the prediction of a "late second round, early third round" type pick.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Hugs were in order for Tennessee. The Vols reached something they haven't since 2004. That's a 10 win season. After a few down years, things are looking up for the future of the Vols. A young defense showed much improvement, and was really what on this bowl for them. After a shaky beginning to the year, John Chavis seems to be having them playing great. Whether it was the constant pressure on the quarterback Tyler Donovan or the Antonio Wardlow game winning interception with under a minute, the team grew. On the other side of the ball, there is just as much hope for the future. Gerald Jones, a freshman wide receiver, came in for the fan favorite "G-Gun" which ended with a touchdown for the Vols, a 3-yard run from Jones got the Vols offense started. The Vols kept it coming on a 29 yard touchdown pass from Ainge to Briscoe, who saw more catches after Lucas Taylor was out for an academic suspension. The Vols added more points when a dump to tight end Brad Cottam went for 31 yards and a 21-7 lead. Wisconsin responded with a touchdown drive of their own, halftime score being 21-14. The second half wasn't as exciting points-wise as a 3rd quarter field goal was all the teams had combined. The Vols held on defense and took the game. A happy Phillip Fulmer said "We've been waiting a couple of years to get one of these." Talking about the bowl troubles the Vols have had recently. The MVP went to quarterback Erik Ainge who was 25 of 43 passing for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns in his last game at Tennessee.