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Stands Alone.

Will Muschamp


So after about two months of considering hires for UT even before the Fulmer force out Volball has narrowed the prospects to one.  Thats right folks Volball would extend the invite to one and only one.  I have a plan B as well but, my initial phone call and big bucks would go to Mr. Will Muschamp!  After reviewing videos, prospects, recruiting reports, and numerous stats I have settled on the 37 year old freak Will Muschamp.  This guy eats, sleeps, and breaths intensity, its almost not healthy.  I must say I think this guy is the anti-Phillip Fulmer.  They differ so much its crazy.  And I might catch some flak for saying we need the anti-Phil or someone who has never been a part of the Tennessee “family” but, personally I could care less.  Will Muschamp is everything Tennessee football needs right now.  


I was going to give you every reason to hire this man but, there is a website that has already conquered that feat.  You want to know why to hire Will Muschamp they will tell you why @


Check it out and Vote Muschamp for UT!


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vols even up.

I got a chance to attend the game this Saturday at Fort Neyland where to University of Tennessee Volunteers moved to 1-1 with their win over UAB with the final score of 35 to 3. The score in my opinion hardly reflected the game, if you asked me I would say the Vols looked less than impressive.

Volball take.

This saturday should have been almost scrimmage-like for the Volunteer offense, more of a preparation than a competition. The offense despite putting up five touchdowns still struggled.  The offensive line is still struggling to protect Johnathan Crompton who continues to make bad decisions when rushed.  He forced more throws this week and in doing so turned the ball over two more times. Although he did throw a pair of beautiful fades to Gerald Jones in the first half.  The running game certainly didn’t struggle this weekend putting up big yardage but the Blazer’s defense was hardly a test.  Montario Hardesty certainly looked explosive this week with a pair of TD’s, Foster might be getting the glory if he had break away speed, but Arian seems to slow after the initial boost and gets dragged down from behind.  The depth at running back will be key next week as the vols need to get going on the ground early.  Credit Luke Stocker for a handful of John’s incompletions this week, he watched three balls drop out of his hands like a bad habit this week, completely unacceptable.

The defense was so-so, secondary stellar, rushing worrisome.  The QB draw success is an obvious concern going into next week against the Gators and Tebow. Eric Berry is no doubt one of the best athletes on the Tennessee football team and in the SEC. Sporting a mohawk Berry accounted for another plus in the turnover margin for the vols, making it three ints in two showings.  There was a few missed tackles which could present a problem but easily fixable with a kick in the butt.  The linebackers looked decent especially with staying home on a few reverses and pitches in the backfield which is good considering how Florida run’s their defense.  

Moving on, the story for Daniel Lincoln this week, sure no shots at any field goals this week but flawless from fifteen.  The return game was mediocre this week, the volunteers have yet to find a big time return man, it might be time to let Berry or Jones hall in a few and take it back to the house. And the coverage team better be on their toes with Brandon James coming to town, they also were lackluster this week.

Phil and the coaching staff had a better weak after taking Tennessee to UCLA and getting embarrassed. It was a definite worry of mine that the vols would overlook the Blazer’s this week but luckily we got out with the W.  Phil Fulmer got a little out of character this week going for the fourth and one on the very first possession, but why a pass? They even got the depth chart involved, Nick Stephens stepped up and enjoyed his experience this Saturday. 

Overall, the Vols definitely have not made the progress I was looking for after almost two weeks off. The offense has got to find some type of rhthym before next weekend.  

Volball…see you on the River.

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“It can be fixed.” Phil Fulmer

“It can be fixed,” said Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer after an disgraceful loss at UCLA monday night.

My response: you are right Phil it can, you just might not be part of the solution.

I respect Phil Fulmer for his past, I understand he has a great history at Tennessee.  But people it is just that HISTORY, the game is leaving Fulmer in its wake struggling to stay afloat. We have not won the conference since ’98 and have not been to a BCS bowl since ’99.  He has been looking for the next great pocket passer since Peyton Manning left in ’97 and the fact is the game isn’t suited for that type of QB anymore. If you recall the ’98 National Title Fulmer won was with a mobile Tee Martin.

Troy Smith, Vince Young, Tim Tebow, and Chris Leak do these names ring any bells? Those are national title winning QBs Phil, welcome to the new age. Teams that don’t have a rep like USC and don’t get the pocket passers of their college era make due by producing a new bread and it wins titles.  And yet he has that kind of player right under your nose and you still do not use him to a complete fault. Gerald Jones is a high school quarterback who is a mobile and aerial threat that the Vols should be putting to work.

But I can see it now, in my opinion the biggest games on our schedule include Georgia, Auburn, Florida, and Alabama.  Phil is going to find a way to sneak by one of those teams and Big Orange Country will consider him a savior because he won a rival game.  But I ask you Vol fans if you really want another decade of winning one or two rival games, or if you want conference and national titles because the man is not producing the big seasons. But if he some how can flip a switch and end up back in Atlanta he will be a savior.

Phil better figure it out in a hurry, I myself want to see him turn it around, but only if it is in a big way.  I either want to see 10-2 or 6-6, or even worse, one gets us to the top the other sends Phil packing.  And that is not a joke either I want to see a miracle or a disaster. I can wait 5 years to get the program back to a BCS contender or a National Championship but I can’t handle another decade of 9-3.

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Rocky Start in Big Orange Country.

Rocky start…that is as pleasant as I can say it. The Volunteers came out and embarrassed the University of Tennessee, its fans, and more importantly the Southeastern Conference. One of only two SEC teams to go down this week. 

Offense- Amazingly awful, most would come out and put this on Crompton after he turned in a less than impressive 19 of 41 0 TD 1 INT performance, but I just can’t do that to the kid. But you know who I can attack is the five returning starters on the O line, they looked like swiss cheese out there. An O line who only surrendered four sacks last season left Crompton running for his life.  Secondly, Arian Foster, the fumbling woes continue, this kid is suppose to be a senior and a leader for the Vols and he looked like a rookie.

Defense- I can’t blame the players, we have the most talented secondary in the land and they showed it in the 1st half with 4 picks, can’t blame Berry and the boys when their offense can’t make points out of turnovers. Speaking of Eric Berry he looked like a beast as expected and is going to make history before he leaves Tennessee despite the mediocrity of the program.  D line also created good pressure in the first half.

Special Teams- return game looked good for the first time in a long time, I give credit where it is due.  Punt team you have got to be joking, I could have blocked that punt, they stepped aside and let that play change the entire pace of the game. Daniel Lincoln, I will give him the two 50+ yarders, it happens, and great job sending this one to extra innings, but come on the missed OT field goal is inexcusable.  And I have to say I was shocked because Lincoln was clutch last season.

Coaching- Halftime adjustments, who needs them, this must be Fat Phil’s stand on that matter. He brought the Vols in completely unprepared and flat in the second half as if the Bruins were just going to lay down and die for “Phillip the Great.”  Offenses given enough time will always find holes in a zone defense and UCLA did exactly that, talent only gets you so far. Do I recall seeing the G gun package with sophomore Gerald Jones tear up an LSU national championship defense in the SEC title game last year…I believe so and Phil’s old school style sees a few successful looks and puts it away in his “bag of tricks” for another day. The game is quickly passing old Phil by and will continue to inless he quits living in the past.

Overall thoughts after week one:  Its sink or swim time Vols, you get two weeks to prepare for AUB who you better not over look then Florida comes to town who we haven’t beaten in years. Hardesty might need to get a little more love with carries with Senior “leader” Foster struggling.  Lincoln better toughen up and his press clipping fall on deaf ears and prove the upset Orange faithful and myself wrong in the coming weeks.

Next week: off week, following UAB comes to Fort Neyland.

Prediciton: Vols thump UAB, UT-38 UAB-17

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