Good Lord, Jarvis Jones.
“Man we’re young,” he said of the Bulldogs’ defense. “I’ve still got this year and next year left.” [Emphasis added.]
I’m not sure we deserve that much good fortune.
That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t take it if it were offered.
This should get your creative juices flowing.
(AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Hal Yeager)
Have at it in the comments section.
It sounds like there’s a chance one of my favorite plays in the Georgia arsenal may survive Figgins’ departure.
Enter Artie Lynch.
Arthur Lynch is hoping to fill a void left at tight end by the departures of Orson Charles and Aron White, but that’s not where his role might end.
“We’re even using him at fullback a little bit because he’s so big,” quarterback Hutson Mason said Thursday. “He knows tight end really well since he’s been here for so long, so he’s learning fullback, just seeing how he handles it. As a quarterback, you always want some guys in the backfield that are going to be able to protect and pick up the blitz. You never worry when Artie’s back there if you’re going to get smacked in the backside. He’s 280 pounds, and he’s grumpy.”
Earlier, Lynch said he’s being moved around in different formations including as an H-back, considered a hybrid of a fullback and tight end.
By the way, “He’s 280 pounds, and he’s grumpy” may turn out to be the best line from spring practice. It sounds like Mason’s gotten pretty comfortable with things.
In his most recent Mailbag, Bruce Feldman gets pretty specific about SOD’s immediate future.
From @timHill_:How many wins does Dooley need this year to stay safe?
At least eight. If Derek Dooley ends up 7-5 in the regular season, I’ve heard from people around the UT program that he’ll be gone. Remember, there is a new AD there (Dave Hart), and there are going to be some intriguing candidates available. Alabama DC Kirby Smart for starters.
Feldman thinks the schedule breaks nicely for nine wins, but there’s a fairly brutal four-game stretch the Vols have to endure mid-season:
Aug. 31 NC State (in Atlanta)
Sep. 8 Georgia State
Sep. 15 Florida
Sep. 22 Akron
Sep. 29 at Georgia
Oct. 6 OPEN DATE
Oct. 13 at Mississippi State
Oct. 20 Alabama
Oct. 27 at South Carolina
Nov. 3 Troy
Nov. 10 Missouri
Nov. 17 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24 Kentucky
That’s three tough road games and Alabama. It’s arguable UT loses all four, which would require a perfect slate against the likes of Florida (which Feldman notes has beaten Tennessee by double-digit margins five straight years) and Vanderbilt (I couldn’t help it) for Dooley to make it to the eight-win level.
The good thing for him is that his team returns more starters than any other school in the conference. But the Vols are still thin in spots and a couple of key injuries could derail things just as badly as last year.