The Smokey Chomp


UT Spring Practice: Review

Spring practices are a big for a new coach, especially one like Lane Kiffin who has never coached a college football game in his life. They can tell a lot about the team and coaches, how they respond to adversity, and what type of tone does the new staff set going into next season. So far, we have learned a lot about this staff and here are some things that stuck out to me:

Lane Kiffin has started a new era of Tennessee football.

1. Play Hard or Go Home (or transfer): Phillip Fulmers staff didn’t push people. Players usually won positions by seniority, not effort. Certain people could come in and get playing time whether they earned it or not. Well, Lane Kiffin has changed that. He got rid of slackers like Ahmad Paige and Lennon Creer. Backup QB BJ Coleman also decided UT wasn’t the place for him. One thing is certainly clear with this staff- if you dont give it your all 100% of the time, you wont play. Period.

2. Good DL or bad OL?: While Tennessee defensive line (sparked by Chris Walker and Montori Hughes) has been dominate, Tennessees offensive line (sparked by no one) has floundered. And this brings to mind one question- Is our D-Line that good or is our O-Line just that bad? I guess we’ll find out when the come game time.                                                                                                                                        

Montori Hughes is one of the rising stars one the Tennessee defense.

Montori Hughes is one of the rising stars one the Tennessee defense.

3. Its all about RBs and WRs: While Tennessee’s O-Line and QB play have been mediocre, their Running Back and Wide Reciever play have been better than expected. True Freshman Toney Williams has proved reliant and productive with the ball and Tauren Poole and Montario Hardesty have also played well. The Vols should also get much better once Top ranked player in the country Bryce Brown and top All Purpose back David Oku arrive on campus. Quintin Hancock has really impressed the coaches. Lane Kiffin said that he has been the most physical reciever, and has a bright future. Will he be the big WR Kiffin covets? Or will he just have another dissapointing season? Brandon Warren’s move from TE to WR has also proved out to be a good decision, as he caught two TD passes in the Orange and White game.

Toney Williams has proved to be a valuable asset for the Volunteer offense.

Toney Williams has proved to be a valuable asset for the Volunteer offense.

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