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.


2009 National Signing Day: Recap
February 6, 2009, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Recruiting

Janzen Jackson looks good in orange.

2009 National Signing Day was a success for Lane Kiffin and all of the UT coaching staff, we wiffed on a few big prospects, and got a couple that were unexpected. We even pulled our biggest recruit a day after signing day and David Oku and Bryce Brown are yet to sign, both of whome are seriously considering UT.Here is a complete of UT players that either signed or are enrolled:

Janzen Jackson DB 6-0 174 4.43 6.1 Lake Charles, LA
Jerod Askew LB 6-0 230 4.6 6.0 Chesapeake, VA
Nu’Keese Richardson WR 5-8 151 4.45 6.0 Pahokee, FL
Marlon Walls LB 6-2 225 4.55 6.0 Chatham, VA
Eric Gordon DB 5-9 187 5.9 Nashville, TN
James Green WR 6-2 202 4.61 5.9 Tallahassee, FL
Darren Myles DB 6-0 175 4.49 5.9 Atlanta, GA
JerQuari Schofield OL 6-6 298 5.8 Aiken, SC
Marsalis Teague ATH 5-10 170 4.5 5.8 Paris, TN
Mike Edwards DB 5-10 170 4.55 5.7 Cleveland, OH
Arthur Jeffery DT 6-4 285 5.7 Sarasota, FL
Greg King LB 6-3 200 4.5 5.7 Memphis, TN
Robert Nelson LB 6-0 205 4.59 5.7 Stone Mountain, GA
Nyshier Oliver ATH 5-10 180 4.4 5.7 Jersey City, NJ
Zach Rogers WR 6-2 170 4.47 5.7 Nashville, TN
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton LB 6-2 228 4.72 5.6 Stone Mountain, GA
Kevin Revis OL 6-4 265 5.13 5.6 Evensville, TN
Rae Sykes DE 6-4 240 5.6 Coffeyville, KS
Toney Williams RB 6-1 227 4.6 5.6 Alpharetta, GA

National Signing Day Preview: Part I

With National Singing Day coming up, I feel a preview of the big day is neccesary. Here is a list of all recruits that are seriously considering Tennessee.



1. Marlon Brown- This guy is a must get. A source told me that it was pretty much down to UT and GA. Coach Lane Kiffin (CLK) told everybody that he was going to put a “fence” around the state of Tennessee and the fence starts, or ends, at Harding Academy High School. Marlon Brown is a statement recruit. Getting him tells every team is the SEC, if not the country, that we are serious contenders. The loss of RB coach Stan Drayton doesn’t help our chances but in the end, I believe CLK puts up that fence and Marlon Brown stays in the Volunteer State.

2. Janzen Jackson- This LSU commit has recently had second thoughts since Chief Chavis has arrived in Baton Rouge. He’s a physical corner with great height and ability who will be a star at the next level. He visited UT earlier this month and had a decent visit, although his dad still believes that if he doesn’t go to LSU and it will be Bama. I think were probably in the 3rd for this guy but on signing day, you never know.

3. Trent Richardon- This solid Alabama commit has decided to visit UT. He will visit UT on the 30 along with several other big recruits (Marlon Brown). The number two rated RB in the country would be monstrous to get. He had the power you always want along with excellent speed on the perimeter. Richardson, David Oku, Lennon Creer, and Montario Hardesty would be such a one-four punch? that our terrible quarterbacks wont even have to throw that much. Tennessee recently landed his primary recruiter in Lance Thompson so that certainly doesn’t hurt our chances. Ultimately, this is another reach but once he visits our campus he may have second thoughts.

4. Bryce Brown- I know what your wondering, why would Trent Richardson, the number to RB in the country, be more important to get than the number one RB in the country.Well, getting Brown would still put shockwaves through the country, and he still may be a better overall RB but getting Richardson would be statement, better yet a slap in the face, to Alabama and the entire SEC. Back to Brown. This kid is going to be an absolute Adrian Peterson- Reggie Bush like star in college. He the blend of speed, power, vision, illusiveness that you want in a running back. He’s also an exception threat in receivin. His highlight tape says it all. He’s already said Oregon is his favorite and I think that’s where he’ll end up but as of right now he’s a softie to the U.

5. Sam Montgomery- This guy in an absolute monster on film. He hails from SC and is pretty good friends with Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams, a former Monte Kiffin understudy, so that sure helps our cause. Just this guys physical stats will make your jaw drop. He’s 6’4 230 and reports of 4.44 forty. Yes, you heard me right, 4.44! He plays a lot like his friend Gaines Adams and could end up going to GA, NC, or maybe even Clemson. He visits UT on the 23rd so hopefully the likes of James Green will be in his ear all day and our campus does do a good recruiting job so this guy is somewhat of a toss up to me. On signing day, I’d give us a 25% chance.

Come back the next few days for part II!

The Slippery Slope that is Tennessee Basketball
January 18, 2009, 1:31 am
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Tennessee basketball minus Chris Lofton and Jajuan Smith clearly isn’t the best. I don’t have much to say other than “In Bruce We Trust”. We have one of the best coaches in all of college basketball and we just have to trust that he will lead us back to the top. When? I dont know.  It could be 1 year or 2 or maybe even 3 years but with Bruce Pearl, the Vols may be down but they sure as hell arent out.

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.

2010 Recruiting Class
January 9, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Now i know that i originally said that i would not publish that much on recruiting but as i have gotten more into, i now find it much more interesting. With Orgeron and the Kiffins on our side, we should have a monster recruiting class next year. I composed a list of some of the top 2010 football recruits in the nation. Please feel free to comment. Hope we can get some of these guys next year!

Pro Style QB’s:
1. Jake Heaps-Sammamish (WA) Skyline
2. Blake Bell-Wichita (KS) Bishop Carroll
3. Phillip Sims-Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith
4. Peter Thomas-El Cajon (CA) Valhalla
5. Joe Boisture-Goodrich (MI) Goodrich
6. Jonathan Watters-Lindale (GA) Pepperell

Dual Threat QB’s:
1. Terrence Broadway-Baton Rouge (LA) Capitol
2. Barry Brunetti-Memphis (TN) Memphis University School
3. Devin Gardner-Detroit (MI) Inkster

Running Backs:
1. Marcus Lattimore-Duncan (SC) Byrnes
2. Corey Brown-Springfield (PA) Cardinal O’Hara
3. Malcolm Jones-Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian
4. Roderick Smith-Fort Wayne (IN) Harding
5. Eduardo Clements-Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington

Wide Recievers:
1. Justin McCay-Shawnee (KS) Bishop Miege
2. Martavis Bryant-Anderson (SC) T. L. Hanna
3. Keiwone Malone-Memphis (TN) Mitchell
4. Ted Meline- Booker T Washington (Miami)
5. Markeith Ambles-McDonough (GA) Henry County
6. Mike Davis-Dallas (TX) Skyline

Offensive Line:
1. Seantrel Henderson-Saint Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
2. Seth Betancourt-Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s
3. Aleon Calhoun-Navasota (TX) Navasota

Defensive Line:

1. Jaquez Smith-Ooltewah (TN) Ooltewah
2. Jackson Jeffcoat-Plano (TX) Plano West
3. Louis Nix-Jacksonville (FL) Raines
4. Nick Acree-Richmond (VA) King William
5. Darryl Baldwin-Solon (OH) Solon
6. Jeffrey Whitaker-Warner Robins (GA) Warner Robins
1. Justin Maclin- Memphis (TN)
2. Hayes Pullard-Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw
3. Gideon Ajagbe-Coconut Grove (FL) Ransom Everglades
4. Jayrone Elliott-Cleveland (OH) Glenville Academic Campus

Defensive Backs:
1. Matt Elam-West Palm Beach (FL) Dwyer
2. Adrian White-DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
3. Lamarcus Joyner-Miami (FL) Southwest
4. Carrington Byndom-Lufkin (TX) Lufkin
5. Jarrick Williams-Prichard (AL) Blount

1. Anthony Barr-Torrance (CA) Loyola
2. Keenan Allen-Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford
3. BJ Chitty-Dothan (AL) Northview
4. Ronald Powell-Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde

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!