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.


The Biggest Recruit: Lance Thompson
January 15, 2009, 9:15 pm
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Tennessee getting Alabama LB coach Lance Thompson was bigger than any recruit Tennessee could have gotten. Tennessee now has the three best recruiters in the country: Lance Thompson, Ed Orgeron, and THE Lane Kiffin. Looks like our future recruiting classes are going to be monstrous.

Kiffin and Company Wins It
December 15, 2008, 1:54 am
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Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but just in case I am your only source for information I would like to inform you that the university of tennessee has hired lane kiffin as their next football head coach. Hopefully he can salvage our once good recruiting class and bring prominence back to UT. I promise to post more often. Keep on reading for more!

Who Will Be The Next Head Coach?
November 23, 2008, 11:10 pm
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My list goes like this:

1. Jon Gruden

2. Bill Cowher

3. Chris Petersen

4. Lane Kiffin

5. Bronco Mendenhall

6. Butch Davis

7. Bronco Mendenhall

8. Gary Patterson

9. Doug Marrone

10. Rick Dennison

11. Kyle Wittingham

12. Todd Graham

13. Mike Leach

14. Jim Leavitt

15. Troy Calhoun

16. Steve Sarkisian

17. Kevin Wilson

18. David Cutcliffe

19. Chip Kelly

20. Trooper Taylor

As The (SEC) World Turns
November 3, 2008, 3:28 pm
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Sorry i havent posted in a while but i believe it has been an official period of mourning of the UT Vol world. I just couldnt bring myself to the fact that our beloved vols suck. I think the most depressing fact if that as the entire SEC east just gets better, we just get worse. I promise i will post more in the future, as i am a loyal vol fan and do not wish to dissapoint VolNation again.

Congratulations to…..
October 3, 2008, 8:19 pm
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Nick Stephens! Looks like Crompton will go back to the bench, where he belongs, against NIU. It’s about time the vol coaching staff made the right decision. Hopefully next they’ll start Montario Hardesty but for now, I’m content. Congratulations Nick, welcome to the spotlight.

Who should be Tennessee’s starting Quarterback?
September 29, 2008, 7:07 pm
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Sorry i havent posted much lately but i’ve been very busy and quite frankly disgraced on how our beloved vols are playing. I’d just like to take a little tally on who you think should be tennessee’s starting QB (Nick Stephens, BJ Coleman, Jonathan Crompton, etc). Just comment with your opinion and i’ll try to update the tally once every few days.