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1  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Will JG be able to go Saturday? on: Today at 02:01:30 AM
Methinks not, if indeed he had a concussion.   
2  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Ole Miss gets robbed. on: Today at 01:46:15 AM
Ole Miss had already qualified for a bowl, Vandy had not. 

I am half serious.


The good news for our game is that the league doesn't probably care which team wins, they get another bowl either way. 
3  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Lady Vols 96...Florida A&M 31...FINAL* on: Today at 01:44:36 AM
So when do they play a real team?
4  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Game Grades on: Today at 01:44:19 AM
FLVol, I don't think TNPhil is just reflexively negative, like some.  He just calls em like he sees em. I don't always agree with him, but I'm a perpetual optimist as anyone posting on here knows.

Having said that, I'll push back slightly on the evaluations.  The DL stunk it up, but it's not accurate to say they "didn't get pressure" on Locke.  They flushed him from the pocket several times and did sack him once.  It would be accurate to say they could not get "much pressure" or "consistent pressure".   

Same with the DBs. They may have been really bad most of the game, but both Thompson and Alontae had tipped passes.  I think Alontae had two in fact, and Danielson praised both of them for different individual plays, so they continue to show great promise even in this losing effort IMO.   They got overwhelmed by the amount of time that Locke had to throw and the talented QB/WRs they were up against.   But yeah, they could have played a lot better.

Overall it was one of the worst performances of the season.

Here is the only glimmer of optimism I will offer.  We played them toe to toe right up to the devastating interception by Chryst at the end of the half.  After that the wheels came off. 
5  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Only 3 times in UT football history on: Yesterday at 01:45:34 AM
We are 2-5 against them and Lock hasn't been playing for 7 years...They always have a good QB and we don't have a average one on the roster. We are a LONG ways from being above average.

I know your MO...if a ballistic head missile was heading for your neighborhood you'd be one the street corner with a megaphone shouting 'All is well'. 

We are a long way from being good. Just the way it is.

Yes, we are 2-5 against them, with Dooley and Jones as our coaches.  Pruitt will do better IMO.  I just don't have any real respect for Missouri and see them as a team that has taken advantage of our down spell.

I mean look how happy they were at the end of this game...and they are 7-4.   7-4 is still a bad year at Tennessee, believe it or not.  They aspire to be 7-4 with a lucky-ass once in a generation QB that they won't see again for a long time. 

I may not be confident about much, but Tennessee will turn the series against Missouri.  Florida and Georgia might be a different matter, but I'd bet money that Pruitt won't lose to Mizzou again for as long as he is at Tennessee.

6  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Welp. Didn't see that coming. on: Yesterday at 01:41:56 AM
Start to finish, our worst game of the year?

No.  Florida was, hands down, but I might put this in 2nd place.  A really bad second half at any rate.
7  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Only 3 times in UT football history on: Yesterday at 01:28:42 AM
We are a long way from beating a team like Mo. They are another Florida...in our heads.

Meh.  I don't know about that.  I see them as a historically above average team with a once in a generation 1st round NFL QB who is an Missouri homer and just wanted to go there.  That ain't happening again for a long time. Take away Locke, they are a totally different team.
8  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Welp. Didn't see that coming. on: Yesterday at 01:27:18 AM
Hated those turnovers.  Felt like the Vols could have kept it closer and maybe even pulled it out without those.

Plenty to work on.  OL obviously still a long way to go, though they did improve on their first quarter performance (which was so bad I'm not sure that means much).  Some good plays on offense to keep it close to the half.  Defense shut down in the second half but kept us in it for the first half.

Long way to go, but I still think we can beat Vandy next week.  Missouri is way more talented than Vandy.
9  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Only 3 times in UT football history on: Yesterday at 01:24:30 AM
 


We owe them.  Big time.  Next year they won't have Locke, should be a W for the Vols. 
10  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Game Thread: Mizzou on: November 17, 2018, 11:57:52 EST
fizzle x 2 
11  Sports / VTTW Message Board / fizzle on: November 17, 2018, 11:08:53 EST
nm
12  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: LOL....Go Citadel! tied with Bama 10-10 at the half. on: November 17, 2018, 08:06:14 EST
was still fun to see the game tied at half though 
13  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Flea'd from VN...Vols have two of highest rated frosh DBs on: November 17, 2018, 09:05:02 EST
I was already impressed with the play of Thompson and Taylor, but this is some great news.  

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/college-top-graded-true-freshman-every-position-defense-week-11

You have to scroll down a bit

14  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Pruitt vs. Dooley on: November 17, 2018, 08:47:19 EST
What is hard to believe is that Jones left us in worse shape than Dooley. Jones had way more talent on his roster in '15 and '16 than Dooley ever did. Amazing our talent dwindled that quick to what we have left today.

complete horse shizzle.  When Dooley left (Jones first year) we were playing two walk-ons in the two deep of our secondary.   That year our supposedly fastest player on defense ran a 4.7 at the NFL combine.  we are nowhere near that depleted.   We certainly don't have bammer-level or even LSU-level talent, but we are about on par with Florida and South Carolina.   Still more talented than Kentucky or Vandy.  Missouri I'm not sure, but I'd even give us a slight advantage there.  They have a great QB, really good WRs and a good line.  Decent running back.  But pretty much suxes on D. 

Dooley did leave us with a good O line in 2013.  But that was it.  We were otherwise depleted on both sides of the ball.

15  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: This makes me ill in more than one way........ on: November 17, 2018, 08:42:59 EST
Both parents big Vol fans....sigh.  Wha' hoppen???/
16  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: A&M is paying UAB 1.6 million dollars for Saturday's game........ on: November 17, 2018, 08:40:32 EST
hm, maybe they will take a recruit or two from the crimson devil
17  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Pruitt vs. Dooley on: November 16, 2018, 10:20:58 EST
Should be a mismatch. 

I really really really hope it is.   
18  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Vols BB moves up to #5 in AP Poll......... on: November 15, 2018, 03:17:58 EST
I was at the GaTech game and it was a horrid shooting night, especially at the foul lane.  We missed at least 5 front ends of one and ones and overall the team was like 20 out of 33 on the foul line (which is uncharacteristic of the team last year).  Also they were cold from the floor shooting about 40% or less so this was one of those "perfect storm" ugly games. 

If UT hits just half of the foul shots they clunked they would have won by 25.



Yes Williams was only 10 of 16 and he normally is about 90%.
19  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Schofield and Williams should both break 1000 career points next game on: November 15, 2018, 07:29:16 EST
Williams is at 999 and Schofield 996.  Pretty odd coincidence the totals are so close. 
20  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Vols BB moves up to #5 in AP Poll......... on: November 14, 2018, 10:02:15 EST
I saw a ton of rejected shots,  we were one of the best defensive teams in the country last year, and we had a huge size advantage on them.

So yeah....good defense.

It was an ugly game, but Ga Tech is a pretty good team in spite of not being ranked, and they somehow managed to get a guy eligible on the day of the game.  The ACC is 30-0 so far this year.
21  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Vols BB moves up to #5 in AP Poll......... on: November 14, 2018, 07:37:18 EST
GaTech game was a tough defensive showing from the Vols. Or was GaTech just cold..lol?

I saw a ton of rejected shots,  we were one of the best defensive teams in the country last year, and we had a huge size advantage on them.

So yeah....good defense.
22  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Interesting tidbit on Missouri WRs on: November 14, 2018, 04:43:07 EST
On a Mizzou site I read where they are getting one of their best WRs back this week from injury but didn't catch who that was....Their good TE is out this weekend.

They probably meant Hall.  Hall and Johnson are their top two returning, and top two this year so far.  Hall got injured vs. Georgia early in the game and then missed the next 4.  In spite of missing five games he is the leading receiver.  He came back against Florida, but that's pretty recent.   It's worth noting that all four of Missouri's losses came with him out.  The TE is Okwuebunam, who is the third leading WR and set a Missouri record for TE catches as a frosh last year.  I hate that he's injured, but it does improve our chances. 

http://www.espn.com/college-football/team/stats/_/id/142/missouri-tigers

You can click on the individual players names and see the game by game. 
23  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Interesting tidbit on Missouri WRs on: November 13, 2018, 10:52:58 EST
The top two by yardage, Emmanuel Hall and Jonathan Johnson, are both from Tennessee.  Hall is from Franklin and Johnson from Memphis.

They were both 3 stars in 2015.  I guess Mizzou gets a lot out of their 3 stars.   Per rivals, Vols did not recruit  Hall.  Biggest name recruiting Hall was bama, but mostly mid-majors.

Vols did recruit Johnson, with Mark Elder the recruiter.  

Hall is the long threat.  He is only the third leading WR in catches, but is no. 1 in yardage.  
24  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Key to beating Mizzou will be Taylor and DL play on: November 13, 2018, 10:04:58 EST
Is it fair to say the UK and Mizzou are very similar teams?  Mizzou does have a better QB and maybe a slightly better receiving corps.  However, UK came in a little too overconfident, and you can hardly blame them for overlooking us a little bit.  Mizzou, OTOH has gotten a wake up call about this game from the results of last Saturday.  They will be ready for us.  If we can play a solid game like we did last week, it should be a close game.  GO VOLS!

Hm.  I'd say night and day on offense.  UK has a very marginal passing attack and have relied almost exclusively on running the ball.  Missouri has one of the top passing attacks in the conference, if not the country and a decent run game to go with it.   Defensively, Missouri is a bit better against the run (30th vs. 42nd for Kentucky), but in the all-important scoring defense Kentucky is a suprising 10th and Missouri 70th(!).  Kentucky's rank may be skewed a bit by teams not having to score much against them, but even factoring that in, it's a significant difference.  Also encouraging is the Missouri Pass Efficiency D is 86th in the country (UK is 22nd).  

On paper, Vol offense matches up well against the Missouri D.   The big question is can we stop or slow their passing offense?  We are currently 66th, but have faced Will Grier, Tua, Fromm, and Bentley, and were much lower earlier in the year.  As I state above, I am impressed by the improvement in our defensive backfield.  They will be tested Saturday.  I hope we can pressure Locke, but Missouri is only allowing 1 sack per game, tied for 17th best in the country.

As others state above, if Darrell Taylor can come close to his performance against UK, we should do well.  I will throw in that I also hope to see the same aggressive play from our OL.
25  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Key to beating Mizzou will be Taylor and DL play on: November 12, 2018, 11:04:18 EST
Yes.  Secondary playing better though.  I'm really impressed with the development of true frosh Thompson and Taylor, and Osborne had a great game after he came in for Thompson.  Theo Jackson made some plays also. And older players Warrior and Abernathy seem to be doing well also.  I think our DB is much better than earlier this season and will continue to improve.

Having said that, Locke is a first round NFL draft pick and we will have our hands full.
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