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As the middle of the college football season is upon us, the SEC is an eclectic league with three contenders, a bunch of middle tier teams and a few resident door mats. Big games this past weekend that could have postseason implications as the season progresses. With the Third Saturday in October (even though its not) and the LSU-Auburn cat fight on the horizon, the SEC’s two best teams seperated themselves on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Rams reciever/defensive back Eric Williams.

Rams reciever/defensive back Eric Williams.

 

Since it’s a bye week, I think this would be a good oppurtunity to look at some of the great football that’s being played in the state, but not by the Vols.

It would be inaccurate to say that I grew up in a football family. Mac was lucky enough to grow up with a family full of football fanatics, where as my family was originally a baseball family. My uncle Randy, however, was the sole exception. Randy Mckamey was a former star linebacker/safety at Clinton high school, he went on to walk on at Tennessee and he played some practice squad and even got into a game on kick coverage against Akron. He wasn’t a star by any means, but he played with Carl Pickens and he ran through the T on Saturday; thats something. He moved on to coaching high school and has had stops at Clinton, Oliver Springs, Anderson County and is now the head coach at Grace Christian Academy. I am fortunate enough to do the color commentary for the Rams games, which are streamed online live and archived at their website, here. Last weekend they played region rival and fellow undefeated team Harriman. The Rams took control early and won the game with very little drama 35-6. But it was at that game I witnessed the single most dominating performance by a high school athlete I’ve ever seen.

If you’ve ever played any competitive sport you’ve seen this happen. If you were good, then perhaps you were actually fortunate enough to experience it. Players talk about just “being in a zone,” when they play exceptionally well, yet can’t explain it. Ladies and gents, on Friday, October 16th number twelve Davis Frank was in the zone. He recorded 24 tackles 8 tackles for loss 6 sacks 2 forced fumbles and 2 blocked punts. Granted, this is single-a football in the hills of east Tennessee, it’s not like he was going against Michael Oher at right tackle. But the other team was doing everything they could to stop him. They chipped him with backs, they double teamed him, they held him, clipped him, did everything but give him a water cooler to the face; and they couldn’t stop him. He stopped the run, rushed the passer, even pulled the quarterback down by his jersey from while he was on his back.It was total domination from beginning to end, and it was a lot of fun to watch. Frank is listed at 6’3″ 210lbs. He’s got the build to add weight to and maybe even get into that 225lbs range. He has a really nice first step that would allow him to play rush linebacker in a 3-4 set, maybe at the college level.

The game is archived here: http://www.gcasports.com/. If nothing else, the Rams are a really fun team to watch. They spread the ball out, run all kinds of misdirection plays, and have some really good athletes*. The performance by Davis Frank also makes the game worth watching, if nothing else, click and check out the sack he makes at the 2:06:30 mark.

*I spoke about Davis Frank, but #5 Eric Williams is a 6’5″, 210-215lbs WR/TE/CB/LB/S and I would guess he runs a somewhere in the neighborhood of a 4.7 forty. He spends most of his time at receiver and cornerback which is a matchup nightmare. He’s a bit of a headcase on the field. I remember a game two years ago when he got a celebration penalty after scoring a long touchdown, the Rams subsequently missed the extra point and then lost the game in overtime. But if Williams keeps his head on straight he’s dominating. #2 Chris Campbell is a very good running back as well. All three could play college football at some level.

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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jay-z1

This post is about Tennessee football, I promise, but for those of you who aren’t fans of rap music, let me briefly educate you. Two weeks ago, Jay Z released his latest album, The Blueprint 3. It’s already reached #1 on the Billboard charts, giving Jigga his 11th number one album. That’s the most of all time – more than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones on the US charts. In my opinion, it cements Jay as the greatest rapper ever. He’s been on top for a long time now, his stamina and consistency keeping him there. These are just a few characteristics of his career that I hope Lane Kiffin can replicate at the University of Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »

al

You hear it all the time when talking about the game of football. It’s a war out there. Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed. Use whichever cliche you want; they all mean the same thing. And they’re all true. It’s what separates football from baseball and basketball. Even hockey isn’t as violent in its objective. It’s why I don’t feel sorry for players who get their worlds rocked. That’s what you sign up for. In some ways, I think you almost have to play the game to understand it. It’s not normal to run into somebody as fast as you can with the intent to inflict bodily harm. Some are up for it; others aren’t. Three games into this 2009 season, I’ve begun to notice the guys on Tennessee’s squad that I’d want to go to war with. Read the rest of this entry »

teblow2

I hear it all the time, “Tim Tebow is a once in a generation player.” The evidence to support that assertion is both widely distributed and widely believed. And while I agree Tim Tebow is a special player, to say that there has never been another like him is inaccurate. Now before I get into exactly why I feel this way, let me first say that I don’t want this piece to be interpreted as a sour-grapes shot at Tebow after he beat my boys on Saturday. Instead I just want to make others aware of the fact that while Tebow is great, maybe the greatest, there was a player who possessed a very similar skill set that I believe, if playing in Urban Meyer’s offense, would be viewed in a very similar (as far as playing style) light as Tebow: Matt Jones. Read the rest of this entry »

Rolling out of bed at noon on a Saturday is easily one of my favorite parts of college. And all I can think about is how much more awesome I’m going to feel in one week and 21 minutes. Mac’s is going to have a post later, I just wanted to say I can’t wait.