Vols in Ellipses: Post-Week One Edition

One of my favorite sportswriters the I read in the local papers in the Bay Area is fond of a certain format that is based on three dots used to represent not so much missing information in a sentence as a pause in thought – a transition to another thought or subject.

Hence the title of this post, unless you failed english grammar, or are too old to remember.

Off we go. …

Friday’s win over NC State was refreshing to say the least. A strong third quarter was enough proof that 2012 is a brave new season. … Junior QB Tyler Bray now looks like a seasoned QB. Spicy might be a better description. When WR Justin Hunter dropped an easy throw and catch on a fourth down, Bray gave his receiver an earful on the bench. Hunter countered by saying they were now even because of Tyler’s earlier overthrow. If Tyler had been on a jet ski, or if Hunter was a car, …

The four interceptions registered by the Vols defense against a pretty good passing offense was the first time Tennessee had that many INTs since 2010. Tennessee was also only one of two teams to have four INTs during the first weekend of 2012. Last season, the Big Orange didn’t register their fourth INT until Game 9. … Vol DB Marsalis Teague got one of the four INTs. It was also his first career INT, saying that it is easier to register picks when the DL puts on the kind of pressure on the QB as they did Friday. … Speaking about the D-Line, position coach John Palermo has been a great addition to the coaching staff. He had been on the Wisconsin staff for the past few years, but was available for hire to Tennessee because his wife is from Tennessee and they own a farm in the area. …

After the opener, Tennessee now has three tailbacks bracketed as a single entity on the depth chart: Rajion Neal, Devrin Young, and Marlin Lane. … Derek Dooley said that because of Lane’s backup status before the opener, the TB could have gotten the “mullygrubbs”, but instead came to play with a great attitude, leading to 75 yards on 9 rushes. … The Vols had 191 yards rushing Friday night. Last season, Tennessee averaged only 90 yards on the ground per game. … OL Antonio “Tiny” Richardson is apparently well known for getting too excited prior to games. Dooley indicated he had a bet that Tiny would jump on the very first play. He did. And nobody had a bet that he wouldn’t. …

LB A.J. Johnson said he could have played harder than he did Friday evening. He indicated he wasn’t into the game mentally because having family around him in Atlanta was a bit of a distraction. … LB Herman Lathers didn’t know the nature of the injury that kept him out of the game the entire second half. When back in Knoxville, he was relieved to find out it was only a shoulder sprain. … Lathers also recounted the path to the new-found togetherness of this Vols team. He said the team started working very hard in December last year, and that carried over into spring ball, summer workouts, and fall practices, especially the week-long isolation of camp at Milligan College. … Safety Brian Randolph said the defense in Game 1 was kept relatively simple, so that more tricks and treats will be up the defense’s sleeves for future games. …

Did anybody else see that the Vols on defense look 100 percent better at making tackles? … The new 3-4 defense is built on action, not reaction. Very active offenses are difficult to stop if you sit back and react. Dooley indicated that a defense that creates plays will generally have better success against such offenses. So, even through Sal Sunseri’s squad gave up multiple big plays to the Wolfpack, they also created four INTs and a safety. That is success, Sunseri style. …

Tennessee had more than 300 yards on 30 first down plays Friday night. That is going to make second downs a lot easier. … The Vols new no-huddle/up-tempo offensive scheme was apparently hatched back in January. Dooley said that NC State apparently learned all about the philosophical change from reading the Tennessee message boards. And you wonder why Dooley likes to close practices to the media?…

And who said sports blogs and other related websites have no influence compared with traditional media?

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2 responses to “Vols in Ellipses: Post-Week One Edition”

  1. rockytop78 says :

    As much as I would like to comment about what I saw in the game, sadly our cable TV provider has made ESPN unavailable until we get some updated hardware; so until that time I won’t be watching any Vols football (unless it’s on CBS). But I still listen to the Vol Network with Bob Kesling and Tim Priest (and try to imagine how John Ward would be saying things).

    But based on what I heard on the radio, I think that your comments are spot on.

    I hope that lots of guys get some PT this Saturday against Georgia State (including Worley at QB), and hope that we can avoid any injuries going into the showdown with the Gators.

    • norcalvol says :

      The Georgia State game is interesting because you have to wonder how to approach it. I say bury them early so that we give a lot of reps to those that might not otherwise, while working on things that will be important against Florida.

      Get the hardware! It pains me to think you are not watching the games.

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