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Derek Dooley is now settling into what we all hope is  a very long-term job. Initial signs were good. Within a few days, Tennessee hired a pretty well respected receivers coach in Charlie Baggett. Baggett’s list of coached receivers is more impressive than the heralded tailbacks coached by Eddie Gran. Get a load of this: Randy Moss, Chris Carter, Plaxico Burress, Mushin Muhammed, Andre Rison, and Derrick Mason. Come get some. Shortly after, four-star receiver Justin Hunter dropped his nearly six month commitment to LSU and switched to Tennessee. Rumors swirled about Rodney Garner, Kevin Steele,and Dick Bumpas all potentially joining the staff. Word came in that long-time Georgia commit De’rick Rogers was to visit along with Markeith Ambles. Lane Kiffin was all over TMZ with a few blondes (one of which may or may not have been Layla), a lot of booze and a wrecked Lexus (a Wrexus?). We were down, but the resolve in Knoxville was strong. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first off week of the Lane Kiffin era has Kiffin and company jet setting around the country, trying to find the best talent available for the Vols. Names like  Michael Dyer, Morgan Moses, Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs will surely be tossed around in the next few weeks. Tennessee fans should be hopeful, afterall if nothing else, coach Kiffin has proven his worth on the recruiting trail already with the number five class in the country according to Rivals. Many of the freshman Kiffin recruited from last year are making an impact on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Early playing time, in my opinion, is the single best way to get a recruit, and Tennessee has shown an extreme willingness to play freshman. So here’s an update before the first off week of the year on how the recruits we got are doing, as well as how some of the ones we didn’t get are performing.

The Good:

1. Janzen Jackson: He’s been everything I thought he could be and more. He doesn’t quite fly around like Berry did as a freshman, but he’s bigger. He slid into the starting lineup after only one week and I don’t think Prentiss Wagner has been heard from since; and I thought he looked good in fall camp. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here, but Jackson has a chance to be a really good, All SEC type player. Read the rest of this entry »

chill pill

Back away from the ledge. Seriously, fellow Tennessee fans, I want you all to take a collective breath and calm down. Yes, we lost to Auburn this weekend. Yes, we’re sitting at 2-3 on the year with losses to two teams that we fired our last coach for losing to last year. I am not worried, I’m not even a little phased. And something I think other Tennessee fans would benefit from knowing is that there are a lot of new Tennessee fans who are not worried either. Find out who they are after the jump.

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Reveiz

 

Mckenzie, being from the western part of our state often times has a bias towards guys that come from the same area. I graduated from Anderson County High School in 2006, and often times I give the benefit of the doubt to guys who come from the same area that are now playing for the Vols. I will readily admit my bias for guys like Anthony Anderson (Austin East), Dennis Rogan (Fulton), and Brandon Warren (Alcoa). I played against all of those guys in high school (actually, true story, Brandon Warren missed a dunk all on top of me when I was a junior in high school) and have a tremendous amount of respect for local guys like them that can make it. Heck, I even cheer for local guys that didn’t come to Tennessee for one reason or another. Harrison Smith (safety at Notre Dame) is a nice guy, Randall Cobb and Kyrus Lanxter are both doing big things at Kentucky as well. It’s cool to see guys who come from the same area have success on such a big stage. There have been several local athletes in Tennessee history who came to play for the Vols with little to no fanfare only to leave as a campus legend.

I’ve always been a Nick Reveiz guy. Though I’ve never met him, I always felt a certain connection to the Farragut product. Both of us graduated in 2006 and came to Tennessee. We both played sports in high school (really when I say “play” I mean he dominated and I…well…contributed) and both grew up loving the Vols. When he walked on the football team in 2006 I thought can remember telling my brother, “Nick Reveiz is what I would love to be if I were forty pounds heavier and significantly more athletic/smart.” Nick Reviez was everything that a local athlete should be. When he went down clutching his knee on Saturday my heart skipped a beat. After hearing he was done for the year it sank firmly into my stomach and I haven’t felt right since. Read the rest of this entry »

It can be one of the more difficult things to try to do as a sports team, that is to come back from an emotional game against the top-rated team in the country and bring your A game the next week. The Bobcats of Ohio are far from anyone’s radar on the national scene. I would by lying if I said I have ever watched a down of Ohio football, I know very little about them other than the fact that their current coach, Frank Solich, was at Nebraska when Bobby Purify (one of the great sports names) and Chris Brown DESTROYED Nebraska in the Big 12 title game, then Nebraska played for the BCS Title anyways; but I digress. While it is difficult to evaluate a team in the SEC based on the result of a team like Ohio, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things we can learn as fans from watching this game. Below are a few things I’m going to be keeping an eye out for against Ohio. Read the rest of this entry »

Homeboy yacked all over himsef and the beautiful baby sitting next to him. So maybe not a happy Lane Kiffin Day for him.

Homeboy yacked all over himself and the beautiful baby sitting next to him. So maybe not a happy Lane Kiffin Day for him.

I can’t figure out where in the world to start. It’s just been a great day. We were Jacob was up and at it as early as 6:30 to make a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray pick-up. There are three main components of a great gameday: food, friends, and football, and we were blessed with a lot of all three. Here’s how we felt about the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Sorry not having a post yesterday. First week of school and a Friday night, so we took a break. But have no fear, we’re heading to the (open to the public) scrimmage and we’ll have a full report tonight. So check back with us.

You think Ronine Brown reminds Jason Allen of this every day at Dolphins practice? I bet he does.

You think Ronnie Brown reminds Jason Allen of this every day at Dolphins practice? I bet he does.

Because Mckenzie and I follow recruiting as closely as we do, we will very often become overly attached to certain guys. And of course, when this happens, certain players break our hearts. It’s really painful when you have a guy all locked up, or down to the last two or three, and he decides to go to another school. We take it harder than most. I have had my heart broken by more 18 year old boys than Jennifer Love Hewitt in the late Nineties. But because I’m a glutton for punishment, here’s a list of some of the more high profile players that either de-commited to Tennessee or led us on like Mac’s prom date.

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Crompton

He is easily the biggest enigma of the 2009 Tennessee Volunteers for me. He is perhaps the biggest mystery to me since I started following UT. Called the most heralded quarterback recruit since Peyton himself, Crompton committed to Tennessee in the spring of his senior season. Other schools came calling, but he stayed true to his commitment despite offers from quarterback gurus such as Mark Richt and Steve Spurrier. Arriving after Erik Ainge’s sparkling freshman season, hope abounded at the quarterback position as fans (myself most certainly included) believed Tennessee was set at the quarterback position until 2010.

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Mac and I are heading over to the stadium for the second time this year. Really excited to see Bryce Brown, David Oku, Nukeese and the rest of the guys in a game-like situation. If you’re heading there too, please don’t hesitate to come up and say hi. I’ll be the little one wearing a khaki hat and whatever Mac is wearing, it will almost certainly be wrinkled. Again, we’ll have a full report tonight on the action.