Monday, April 28, 2008

Top Vol Blog Update

The Top Vol Blog Contest is in full swing, with about 16 or 17 days left to vote. The current leader of the fan vote to date is no other than Losers with Socks with about 33% of the vote. Fulmer's Belly is in second with 27% while Rocky Top Talk (17%) and The Volnation Times Blog (15%) battle it out for third place. Everyone, however, is still in the game because voting will continue until May 15th. So, if you haven't voted yet, follow a link and vote today.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tyler Smith is Staying

Tyler Smith announced this morning that indeed he will stay at Tennessee for his Junior year. Smith, a projected first round draft pick, was contemplating the choice of whether to stay with the Vols or go to the NBA. It was reported that he would only go this year if he had been projected middle to early first round, apparently, he didn't get that. Here's a quote from utsports.com: “For as long as I can remember I have wanted to play in the NBA. Since the end of the season, coach Pearl, my mother and I have sat down to talk about my future. I came to the conclusion that I want to be a Volunteer next year.” This announcement, along with the commitment of Scotty sets this team up for another great year in 2009. The Vols will be a real threat to win the SEC Title again, and make a possible Final Four run. Tyler Smith's staying is bigger than Hopson's commitment, in my opinion, and is something Volunteer fans everywhere should rejoice over. So get ready, because Tennessee basketball will make just as much noise in '09.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Orange and White Game Recap

The white team offense got out to a quick start Saturday, going 74 yards in one play on a touchdown pass from Jonathan Crompton to Denarious Moore. The white team continued to pour it on, finishing the first quarter with two more touchdowns on a Lennon Creer run and Josh Briscoe catch. The orange squad came back got on the board in the second quarter with a 30-yard Devin Mathis field goal. The White team quickly answered when Gerald Jones threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Denarious Moore. The White would score again before halftime on another touchdown to Josh Briscoe, again from Jonathan Crompton. The second half was slower for obvious reasons, but included a Daniel Lincoln field goal for the White team. The orange team finished the second half with 13 points, which came from a Devin Mathis 45 yard field goal, Tauren Poole 8 yard pass from B.J. Coleman, and finally with 4:49 left in the game a Taka Koyano 41 yard field goal. The White team came away with a solid victory over the Orange 38-16.

The Vols running game was sparked by sophomore running back Lennon Creer who finished the day with 10 carries and 61 yards. Tauren Poole did well for the orange team, finished with 55 yards on 12 carries. The passing game was definitely there for junior Jonathan Crompton, who finished 13-of-20 with 266 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception. BJ Coleman was the better quarterback for the orange team, who had a solid 9-of-13 for 80 yards and a touchdown. Denarious Moore and Josh Briscoe were the leaders in receiving, each finishing with two touchdowns. Quintin Hancock and Gerald Jones also had good numbers to their name.

Defensively, Anthony Anderson and Rico McCoy were the leader for the Vols. Anderson finished with 4 solo and 4 assisted tackles, while Rico 6 solo and 1 assisted. The surprise showing may have come from Nick Reveiz, who had 4 solo and 3 assisted tackles. Lamarcus Thompson intercepted an errant Crompton pass and returned it 34 yards. While Wes Brown caused havoc in the backfield finishing with 4 tackles for loss that totaled -27 yards. These included 2 sacks for -16 yards. Demetrice Morley and Eric Berry added to the defensive effort, each finished with an interception.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Top Vol Blog

Click Picture for Poll

Now I joined the Vol blogosphere a few months back and was welcomed with open arms by my fellow Vol bloggers. They posted links to me on their sites and let me know some tips. It wasn't long before I began to wonder about awards. I saw the College Football Awards and wanted to get one. So I continued to post and waited until the time came for the awards. I'm proud to say I wasn't even in the running. (Shouts WOO-HOO) So I failed this time, maybe next year. But, then the offseason came and I became bored. I wanted to find a way to thank those who welcomed me not even a year ago. I decided the best thing to do was to hold a competition. That's what all friends do right? I racked the brain for something and thought of the Top Vol Blog award. What's better than saying to the other Vol blogs, "I cover Tennessee sports better than you." (You didn't hear it from us and we don't abet it.) So there you have it, my idea for Top Vol Blog.
The Rules:
The fans will vote in the poll located on the side of the page. Sorry, but that's the best way to do it. If you cannot or do not see the poll located on the right side of this page please leave a comment telling us who it is you want. Voting will end exactly one month from now on May 15th at 4:00 PM ET. The fan vote will account for 80% of the overall vote, while the group we have here will count for the other 20%. The winner will be announced either May 15th in the evening or early May 16th morning.

The Lineup (alphabetically):
Leading off we have: Fulmer's Belly
Batting Second: Gate 21
Power Hitter: Losers with Socks
The Clutch: Rocky Top Talk
Fifth Up: The World According to Moondog
Last but not least: The Volnation Times Blog

So good luck and may the best blog win.
Self-Promotion is very much allowed.

VOTE

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Scrimage Report

The offense did not have as tough a time moving the ball today as they have had in the past two scrimmages. Jonathan Crompton finished the day with two touchdowns on the ground. He went 17 of 22 for 146 yards with one interception and seven carries for 19 yards. Arian Foster had an impressive showing, carrying the ball seven times for 38 yards and catching two passes for 23 yards. Linebacker Rico McCoy had the play of the day, intercepting a B.J. Coleman pass and returning it 53 yards down to the two yard line. While Rico had a big pick, the defensive end trio of Ben Martin, Wes Brown and Robert Ayers also made plays. All three had two sacks apiece. Martin had 5 tackles, Brown and Ayers both had four tackles. Freshman Tauren Poole made some plays today. The Tocoa, Georgia native graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at Tennessee so he could participate in spring practice. He had 17 carries for 45 yards and two catches for 14 yards. Lennon Creer had a 37 yard carry early on in the scrimmage and finished the day with 47 yards on the ground. Daniel Lincoln went 5 of 6 in field goals. Freshman fullback Kevin Cooper had 3 catches for 32 yards.

Other Thoughts
-Arian Foster has great hands out of the backfield. Look to see Clawson really use him as a receiving threat.
-Vereen had a bone-jarring hit on Tauren Poole today. He's still very raw back there.
-Gerald Jones had a great day today. He found all the soft spots in the zones and made the catch.
-Quintin Hancock will suprise people this coming season. He's gotten a lot better.
-Savion Frazier is a tackle machine.

Justin Groves can be found at TNJN.com and on Rock Solid Sports 7-8 pm eastern Thursday nights at WUTKRadio.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Linkage

Here are some Vol links to get you through the day. Just 145 days left until Tennessee Vol Football:

Rocky Top Talk-Exclusive Footage of the John Chavis Highstep
A sight that is sure to leave you stunned.
Loser with Socks-Cromptonmania: It’s all I have left
Are you experiencing Cromptonmania?
Fulmer's Belly-HAHAHA
Insight on the Memphis Tigers that you won't get any where else.
The World According to Moondog-Memphis Blows 9-Point Lead, Kansas Takes Title
Moondog's thoughts on Memphis's free throw shooting.
The BruceBall Blog-Congrats to the Kansas Jayhawks
More talk about free throws and the joy of Self over Calipari.
CollegeFanatics.net-CollegeFanatics.net Message Board
Brand spanking new message board created by Manshu. Must join today.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Stokes Commits to Tennessee

The Vols picked up their first commit today in Je'Ron Stokes. Stokes is a Rivals100 wide receiver and top 5 at his position nationally according to Scout.com. Stokes took two trips to Knoxville before a verbal commitment with Coach Fulmer. He is considered the nation's best slot receiver and is all Vol: "I am Tennessee all the way. Like I said it's the best place for me." The four star receiver (according to rivals.com) is out of Philadelphia's Northeast High School. Stokes is 6'1", 178 lbs and runs a forty in 4.44 seconds. Stokes said: "I have a will to win. I have good speed and run good routes. I'm a student of the game and am always working on my game. I have great hands and can catch anything." In his junior year at Northeast, Stokes put up 28 catches for 617 yards and six touchdowns. Stokes can bench 265 pounds, squat 425 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.

"Coach Fulmer is the man," Stokes said.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Vols Get Hopson

We all know what comes with April Fool's Day. So, you can imagine my thoughts when I read Scotty Hopson, a McDonald's All-American guard, told coaches he wanted to play for the Vols. Hopson is rated the #9 prospect in the country according to Rivals.com and is the first McDonald's All American Bruce Pearl has pulled in. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound shooting guard from University Heights High School said, "I’ve always liked Tennessee growing up.’’ The Hopkinsville, Kentucky native joins the Vols at a time where he may expect to start from day one as Chris Lofton and Jajuan Smith will be leaving the Vols. The Vols have taken care of the point guard and other guard spot, too, having already signed Renaldo Woolridge to play the wing and recently receiving a commitment from point guard Daniel West. So celebrate Vol fans, because this is no joke, Bruce Pearl has just pulled in the biggest recruit of his entire career.

Getting to the Game

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