On the other hand, at least a Jancek-Martinez defense has an even chance against the genius.
Category Archives: Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange
Eh, let’s clean out the pantry.
- Gus Malzahn promises “clarity” on how he’ll use Nick Marshall in the opener. Won’t that be dependent on how much of a game Arkansas gives Auburn?
- Tennessee claims it drew 40,000 to an open scrimmage. Let’s see how they turn out in November.
- DJ Shockley is as puzzled by Georgia’s SEC championship drought as anyone: “It’s beyond amazing, and I can’t even imagine how this has happened,” Shockley said. “It’s almost like a string of bad luck. I look back at all the talent that has been there since I left and the guys that Georgia has put out, and it’s just amazing. It’s one of those things that has baffled me just like it’s baffled the fans.”
- Can you believe Will Muschamp has had a hard time recruiting élite offensive talent to Gainesville?
- Brandon Larrabee makes a solid point about how LSU does a good job surviving its NFL departures. But, man, the Tigers sure have to replace a lot of skill position experience this season.
- I don’t think it’s a good sign if Ted Roof thinks from watching Tech scrimmages one of the things his defense needs to improve is the pass rush.
Just as a refresher, here are the passer ratings for the three kids that took snaps last season for the Vols and were in the running for the starting position in 2014:
- Justin Worley – 117.39
- Josh Dobbs – 103.28
- Nathan Peterman – 42.53
So, in fairness to Butch Jones, it’s not like he had a lot of attractive options picking this year’s starter. Worley, it was announced yesterday, retained that position. And of course they’re gonna say stuff like this:
“We challenged them about a week and a half ago across the board to play with more consistency, and since then they’ve all stepped up their level of play,” Bajakian said. “At this point, Justin is playing the best football he’s played since we’ve been here. He’s earned the job, and obviously they compete on a daily basis and will continue to do so.”
Bajakian said Worley is “hitting on all cylinders right now,” and QB1 said he goes into this season feeling “completely different” than he did this time a year ago.
“His timing and rhythm’s outstanding right now,” Bajakian said. “His anticipation, he’s throwing guys open. His ball location and accuracy is on point. The combination of all that is important in this offense.
“On top of that, and this is something that he’s really challenged himself with, he has stepped up as a leader since the end of last season. He’s made his presence felt, and I think his teammates look at him as a leader.”
That’s quite a different tune than the one Bajakian was singing less than a week ago. Worley must’ve had a helluva week since.
Jones has recruited well, but between this, completely green lines and the schedule, I’m having a really hard time seeing how UT claws its way to bowl eligibility this season.
I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but this ain’t right:
Last October, a Tennessee team with a first-year head coach and lots of talent went head-to-head with Georgia before Georgia was irreparably broken.
Wait, what? Georgia lost Keith Marshall early and then watched Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley fall by the wayside during that game. Oh, and that was after Todd Gurley and Malcolm Mitchell didn’t suit up in the first place. I guess all that wasn’t irreparable because Georgia still managed to win.
I give UT credit for making a game of it – and the injuries don’t excuse the pitiful performance of the defense and special teams that day – but the author notes that Aaron Murray was frustrated. No shit. That tends to happen when you’re handing off to two true freshman running backs and wondering where all your top receiving options disappeared to.
That game’s not close if Murray was playing with a full deck on offense.
Butch Jones, you have a point.
“It’s hard to believe that there isn’t an individual in Tennessee football’s football program right now from a players’ standpoint [that's] participated in a bowl game.”
Just because it’s hard to believe doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it, though.
Make sure you catch the sidebar list of 17 of the 40 high school players Tennessee signed in 2011 and 2012 who left the program before exhausting their eligibility. (No wonder Al Wilson can’t bring himself to mention SOD by name.)
I miss Mike Hamilton.
Need something to get over the World Cup elimination blues? The buffet’s here for you.
- CFN says this season will be a success for Tennessee if the Vols have a winning record. Sad, but true.
- Clemson is paying its coaches SEC-type money.
- Sonny Vaccaro takes a victory lap.
- Here’s a nice postscript to the Tyrone Prothro student debt story.
- Math? Nobody said there’d be math.
- Porn for the Sports and Grits guys: How TCU’s defense works. (No Dick Bumpas reference, though.)
- The NCAA decides to take another pass at the North Carolina academic scandal.
SOD took care of getting Tennessee players acquainted with personal hygiene. Now Butch Jones is addressing another pesky problem.
The Knoxville Police Department opened the doors of the Phil Keith Training Facility to the Tennessee football family this past weekend and opened the eyes of the student-athletes to the day-to-day challenges officers face.
Through a variety of training and experience exercises, the Volunteers found many similarities between their preparation and reliance on teammates on the gridiron, and what the officers experience in the field.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to get out here and see what these guys do day-in and day-out,” senior quarterback Justin Worley said. “They preach some of the same things we do in terms of being a team and a family.”
Beyond the shared philosophies, the event helps foster a positive relationship between the team and the officers by building relationships between players and officers.
“It’s an opportunity for our staff, their staff, the officers and the players to get together and break down the barriers,” Knoxville Chief of Police David Rausch said of the third-annual event. “That’s the key to this whole thing, to help the players understand what we do in law enforcement and also to help our officers to interact with the players so they can see we’re all the same.”
It’s always better to be arrested by a friendly face after a bar fight, I say.