Georgia-Tennessee: Something’s got to give on third down

Can Tyler Bray pick apart Georgia's defense like Kellen Moore did? (Associated Press)

Can Tyler Bray pick apart Georgia's defense like Kellen Moore did? (Associated Press)

With the Dogs traveling to Knoxville this week, I decided to check in with my old friend Joey Ledford, who’s been living in the Peach State for many years but still owes his primary allegiance to the land where folks dressed all in orange aren’t necessarily wearing leg-irons.

Here’s Joey’s Volunteer take on this year’s Georgia-Tennessee game:

The Vols have made a lot of progress since last year. We have a lot more depth, and we have a surprising amount of talent considering how young we are. Get this as a football stat — next year, when you guys had really better look out for us, we will have 19 returning starters.

All that said, we suffered a major setback on our fourth offensive play two weeks ago against Florida. Imagine losing A.J. Green for the season in your first series against a conference foe. That’s the equivalent of what happened to us when Justin Hunter tore his ACL. This guy was going to be all-world and will be again when he’s back next year.

I know you guys love Aaron Murray, and he is a good quarterback with great mobility, but I wouldn’t trade Tyler Bray for him even if you threw in a D-lineman or two. Bray is on his way to being the best Tennessee quarterback since a guy named Manning. He has already broken a couple of Peyton’s passing records and many more will fall in the future.

Will Tennessee win? Last year when Junkyard bravely turned over this space, I boldly predicted a Vol victory only to see us come out brain dead one week after the Baton Rouge disaster. You might remember that one — we lost our major upset bid on the last play of the game because we had 13 guys on the field. This year, coming off a warmup over Buffalo, I see a close game that will probably be decided by special teams and that worries me because, believe it or not, yours have been better than ours.

But I think our O-line will handle your pass rush. You will stop our running game because so far we haven’t had one. Frankly, when your quarterback passes for more than 300 yards every game, your running game isn’t hugely important.

Our defense is a lot better than you guys think it is and it is good enough to shut you down when it has to. Florida got several short fields and had very little to show for it. I honestly believe we would have beaten them had Hunter not gotten hurt. To quote Mr. Munson, that was like a hobnail boot to our faces.

OK, here goes: Tennessee 35, UGA 34. Good luck, have fun in Knoxville and let’s hope nobody important to our teams gets hurt. It is still early and there is a lot of football to be played.

Saturday may see Isaiah Crowell finally break a long touchdown run. (Associated Press)

Saturday may see Isaiah Crowell finally break a long touchdown run. (Associated Press)

Thanks, Joey, for bringing up the hobnail boot play. That’s a nice reminder of the early days of the Mark Richt regime, when the Dawgs owned Neyland Stadium. P44 Haynes. Sean Jones. Ah yes, those were the days.

The last couple of trips to Knoxville have been pretty horrific for Georgia, however, so now would be a great time to flip that dynamic again.

I’ll admit this game is looking tougher for Georgia now than it did back at the beginning of the season, largely thanks to young UT quarterback Tyler Bray, who’s leading the conference in passing yards per game, touchdown passes and passing efficiency.

Of course, most of that has been against suspect competition, but the same knock can be used against Georgia, so I won’t go there.

The loss of ace receiver Justin Hunter isn’t to be underestimated, however, as I think Georgia is likely to devote a bit more attention to the Vols’ remaining receiving threat, Da’Rick Rogers, than Buffalo did last week, when Rogers had seven catches for 180 yards.

That’s pretty much the Tennessee offense right there, as the running game with Tauren Poole has been pretty dreadful, ranking last in the SEC.

Still, with Tennessee tied for the national lead in third-down conversions and the Dogs ranked second nationally in defending third down, something’s got to give.

Defensively, the Volunteers have been good but not great and have proved vulnerable to big plays. So far UT has given up a touchdown of at least 65 yards or longer in all four games.

Speaking of which, this might be the week Isaiah Crowell finally breaks a long one. And if Georgia’s offensive line can a) stay onsides despite the deafening Neyland Stadium noise and b) keep Aaron Murray from getting batted around and adding to the 13 times he’s already been sacked, Orson Charles and Malcolm Mitchell could have big days, too.

I think the keys to this game for Georgia come down to two things (besides, of course, not turning the ball over): Can Todd Grantham’s defense continue to get QB pressure in the absence of the suspended Cornelius Washington? And can Mike Bobo’s offense manage to put two consecutive halves of decent production together?

Basically, my optimism about this game comes down to this: Bray is good, but he’s not Kellen Moore, and Georgia’s defense with Bacarri Rambo (who didn’t play against Moore) is a lot better than it was in the first game. Plus, you’ve got to figure Georgia’s offense is overdue for a big second half.

If Jarvis Jones and Chase Vasser (or Ray Drew or whoever) can keep up the pressure on Bray and Murray can keep from serving up a pick 6 or two, I think Georgia notches another SEC win against Tennessee. But I think this will be the Dogs’ biggest challenge since the opening two games.

What about you? Feel free to share your thoughts on how the Dogs will do against the Vols.

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just a fan

October 7th, 2011
6:45 pm

@FLA DAWG

i wouldn’t consider CTG a liability anymore he has the D playing well no matter who we are playing since the Boise game also you have to take into account that both starting MLB went down with injuries and we still played well. just MHO

Joey

October 7th, 2011
7:03 pm

Beast, I walked out of the Gator Bowl for two decades in the Dooley era, laughing at the Gator fans montra during most of those years was, “Wait til next year!”

If things truly go in cycles, maybe I’ll get to hear it from Gators again one day . . .

tdog

October 7th, 2011
7:14 pm

Tennessee is just as good as UGA. They have a better record. Bottom line, we better be ready.

jerry

October 7th, 2011
7:25 pm

Tennessee wins, Richt fired, Dooley hired, Barbara, new Water Girl.

bobdawg

October 7th, 2011
7:28 pm

We’re gonna win out, ride the wave and take the SEC title. And then we are going bowling, all the way to the national championship!!! Screw you non-believers, this is our year!!

Beast from the East

October 7th, 2011
7:50 pm

“Beast, I walked out of the Gator Bowl for two decades in the Dooley era, laughing at the Gator fans montra during most of those years was, “Wait til next year!””

Joey,
I was one of the poor SOB’s you were laughing at. How’s does it feel now?

kybodawg

October 7th, 2011
7:55 pm

hey sayle. eat my boggers

old time dog

October 7th, 2011
7:55 pm

GT Blow Joe…. Did you get to scale and gut the creek suckers for Al and Paul’s fishfry? How was that secret tartar sauce? eYe would rather be a UGA fan in a bad season than a GT fan in a good one. It’s got something to do with pride. Maybe you can take pride in the free cokes and hot dogs with the give away tickets or those fried creek suckers and carp smothered in that secret tartar recipe. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

What it means...

October 7th, 2011
8:10 pm

“It’s got something to do with pride.”

No, it means that you support the football factory in Athens, and you think it’s just fine to bring in illiterate thugs who couldn’t pass serious college courses if their lives depended on it. It means that you don’t care if 45 of these thugs have been arrested in the past four years. It means that you have no problem with these drunken bozos driving around at 92 mph. It means you’re okay with former UGA athletes being on welfare or emptying trashcans because they’re too stupid to get a job.

Be honest and admit that you just want UGA to win at any cost, no matter how much they embarrass this state.

Ga Wins

October 7th, 2011
8:25 pm

To all the GT Fans one question……

Why doesn’t Tech do the right thing and rejoin the SEC?

It would sure make your opinions more valid and I don’t think any DAWG fan would mind having another easy win that counted as a conference win.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 7th, 2011
8:45 pm

Derek Dooley will start owning this program, just like Florida has owned this program for the past 20 years.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

October 7th, 2011
8:50 pm

Ga Wins

What does GT have to do with your tanked program? GT is not a great program, never has and never will be. Your program has always lied in the weaker SEC east, care to join the SEC West?

If and when GT happens to beat you, while you claim GT is a weak program, then what does that say about your program? Not much…correct.

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
9:43 pm

just a fan,

I respect your opinion and value all. Regarding the D I don’ think that the one game they finally played to their capability is a fair measure or prediction of their future success. Though I hope they shut UT down (and they may very well do so) I don’t have the confidence you seem to have in Grantham.

I’d like to know why you think the D has turned the corner after one successful game – keep in mind we gave up 80 points in our first two games.

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
9:46 pm

DAWG NATION,

How many years has Derek Dooley (aka DD o UGA) has left in his UT contract?

Will we call for DD to come home tomorrow night?

FLA DAWG
Class of ‘79

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
9:50 pm

DAMN I HATE CONSECUTIVE POSTS

I supported Grantham initially. I think the guy is on the verge of installing a 3 – 4 D that is second to none in the NCAA and preps these guys for the NFL which draws recruits.
But with Richt narrowing his boundaries he will not be successful until Richt is gone.
Regrettably, Grantham will likely be dismissed along with Richt when / if that decision is made.

truedawg

October 7th, 2011
9:51 pm

Mark Richt took a UGA team that was losing to UT, UF, and doing well to go 8-4 every year. He brought it back to SEC titles and to a national power. Now we find this great program in a battle to over come a down hill slide over the past 3 years. CMR has brought the team under his leadership to post winning records or ties to every program in the SEC withholding UF. I guess even superman has kryptonite. I see the team playing better this year than last and improving week by week. I wanted to post this to remind fans of the 90’s and UGA’s records those years.
This week the Dawgs get a real test of will in UT. Their program is building and getting stronger, but not where they need to be to defeat a UGA program that is loaded with tallent and experience. I see the games being close, unless the Dawgs can jump out to an early lead, and take the crowd out. If the score is UGA by two touchdowns after the first quarter, look for a blow out. (UGA 34 UT 10) If the Vols can hold close, through the first half UGA 28 UT 21.
Last tech fans…your ranked and playing well. I hope you have much success this season in the ACC. I’m pulling for the bugs against Clemson and every other game. It will help UGA with a better bowl when the Dawgs beat the jackets down….AGAIN. Say what you may about cheating, grades,, etc. This conversation is about football. This is the sports section of the AJC. This is a conversation about the Dawgs. I know alot of ya’ll so called “fans” of other schools are very interested in the goings on of the SEC and the Dawgs. Rightfully so as a tech fan trying to understand how you can look so good against the ACC teams and then get beat down so badly against the Dawgs can be a mystery for you. What I can’t understand is why aren’t you used to it by now??!! You may be ranked, you may be undefeated…but your not in the SEC, and you don’t have to know much history to look at the score board last season… Glorry glorry to ole Georgia..and to he!! with ga tech!
Go Dawgs and wear the boots to UT!!

truedawg

October 7th, 2011
9:58 pm

Biggest problem at UGA right now is the OL. We need a coach. no friend of mine!
CMR I think can keep it going in the right direction now, but has to make a few more changes.

Pit Bull

October 7th, 2011
10:09 pm

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
10:10 pm

true,

Our OL averages 329 across.
The biggest in college ball and NFL FOOTBALL.

Though we have little depth there. So if the coaches are doing their job we should easily jump out to early leads.

Bobo has made his playcalling a puzzle for me. I think the man is trying to give a 50 / 50 run / pass balance. This looks good on paper but in my opinion one must go the way of the player strength / talent and what works. If the run game is established then stick with it and win.

Delbert D.

October 7th, 2011
10:10 pm

Don’t dump on UT’s last opponent too much. Georgia opens with them next year.

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

Two years ago this site would have been loaded with blogs.

Now no one gives a shyte.

YouhearditHEREfirst

October 7th, 2011
10:24 pm

The outcome of the game(LEX) really depends on how the Dogs APPROACH to things. I have been watching football for my whole life and that’s the best I(LEX) can come up with.Otherwise who ever plays better will win(LEX).

FLA DAWG

October 7th, 2011
10:31 pm

Yo Youheard,

What is the code you are attempting to send with(LEX)?

Just ask’n

TEEJAY

October 8th, 2011
1:17 am

FRANLKLY I LIKE THE BRAVADO OF THE GEORGIA FANS. YOU WOULD THINK THAT THEY ARE RATED #1 IN THE NATION. AT LAST COUNT NEITHER TEAM IS RANKED IN THE TOP 25 SO NEITHER ONE OF USE REALLY SHOUDL BE TALKING TOO MUCH SMACK. NOW THAT BEING SAID TENNESSEE HAS A HISTORY OF PLAYING WELL IN UNDERDOG GAMES. LAST YEAR @BATON ROUGE THE VOLS WERE HEAVY UNDERDOGS THAT PLAYED LSU DOWN TO THE LAST SECOND AND BEAT THEM IN REGULAR ONLY TO HAVE THE OFFICIALS GIVE THE GAME TO THEM IN THE END.AS WE ALL SHOULD KNOW LSU WAS AND STILL IS A MUCH BETTER TEAM THAN GEORGIA AND WE WERE PLAYING THEM IN THEIR HOUSE WHERE THEY SELDOM LOSE. NOW TO THE TENNESSEE/GA GAME. YES ON PAPER ITS NO SECRET THAT GA APPEARS TO BE MORE TALENTED, BUT FROM ALL OF MY YEARS OF WATCHING FOOTBALL IT ISNT THE MOST TALENTED TEAM THAT WINS, ITS THE TEAM THAT WANTS IT THE MOST. IN THIS CATAGORY I THINK TENNESSEE WINS BECAUSE AFTER ALL THE ADVERSITY OF LAST YEAR AND THE LAST TWO YEARS TENNESSEE WANTS TO BE RESPECTED AGAIN AND FROM THE COMMENTS ON HER FROM GEORGIA FANS I SEE THAT YOU DONT HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR TENNESSEE AND THINK THIS GAME IS A SURE WIN. I CAN TELL YOU THAT GEORGIA IS MESSING WITH A HORNETS NEST AND WONT KNOW IT UNTIL THEY ARE STUNG MULTIPLE TIMES TOMORROW NIGHT. TENNESSEE IS DUE A BIG WIN AND SOONER OR LATER KARMA HAS TO SWING OUR WAY. I SINCERLY THINK THAT WE FINALLY GET ONE FOR THE GIPPER TOMORROW NIGHT, NOT BECAUSE WE ARE A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM OR THAT WE ARE BETTER THAN GEORGIA, BUT BECAUSE WE WANT IT MORE. HELL WE MAY NOT WIN ANOTHER SEC GAME THE REST OF THE YEAR, BUT TENNESSEE AND DOLLEY REALLY WANT THIS ONE AND THE GODS SMILE ON ROCKYTOP (FINALLY)!!!!!!!!!TENN 35/DAWGS 21

Bottom Line

October 8th, 2011
1:27 am

Ok UGA fans…I like the fact that you have confidence in your team, but why all of a sudden are you guys thinking that you have gotten SOOOO much better? Your improvement has come against 3 bad football teams….now all of sudden you are going to win the SEC. You are going to get yourself into the same situation that you did before the season started…thinking you were better than you really were.

Here is the bottom line…Both UT and UGA have lost against good teams, and won against bad teams. When either program wins against a ranked team, then one or the other can start pounding their chest. The time for that though, is not now.

Bdawg

October 8th, 2011
3:04 am

I love all of these fans of other teams on here nay saying us. I said all along this year that this team is young and we need to have patience. I felt like this game was one to mark down on the calander as whether we’re gonna be really in this East race or not. This team has improved tremendously especially on D, and if we can put together two halves on offense and stop letting our youth lose the turnover battle, we are gonna be EXTREMELY EXPLOSIVE. We will miss Washington’s experience in this one, but our front three are as impressive as any in the nation and are only getting better. If we don’t lose composure we will win this game. Big task, big game, potential big win. The East is WIDE OPEN. Don’t let the point totals of the first two games fool you. Boise wore down a tired D in the second half dinking and dunking us to death with the hurry up, South Carolina got 28 points off of turnovers and a special teams trick play if you throw in the fumble return that left them on the UGA 5 yard line. This D has been pretty darn solid and well coached all year. This is gonna be a dog fight for Tennessee (no pun intended).

Bdawg

October 8th, 2011
3:42 am

Another thing about the points per game, if you just look at the scores it is very deceiving. ESPN has us ranked 30th in points per game allowed at a little over 20 a game. This stat is dead wrong. Our D has only allowed 13.8 pts a game. they were responsible for all against Boise St., but only 24 against Usc. Over the last 3 games they have only allowed 10. Not to mention they rank 4th nationally in INT. with 8 through 5 games with Baccari Rambo ranking in a tie for first nationally with 4 in just 4 games. We also rank second nationally in 3rd down efficiency. Our strengths defensively are Tennessee’s strengths offensively. We held Alshon Jeffrey to just 5 cathces for 85 yards, you could argue that it was due to Garcia, but the defense did force alot of those bad throws. I think Bray gets his numbers, but it won’t be from carving us up, it’ll be from throwing it 40 plus times from a lack of running game. If that happens UGA could win BIG if they protect the ball.

Thomas Brown

October 8th, 2011
3:46 am

“Tennessee tied for the national lead in third-down conversions and the Dogs ranked second nationally in defending third down”

# 01 Offense 3rd Down Conversions vols
# 69 Offense 3rd Down Conversions UGA

# 02 Defense 3rd Down Conversion rate UGA
# 41 Defense 3rd Down Conversion rate vols

Have to present the whole picture to see it all. Here UGA stands out as the worst offense ever at # 69 in the nation at converting 3rd Downs. When UGA was # 55 in the nation on offense on 3rd Down Conversions, everyone said Isaiah Crowell will make the difference and Aaron Murray is the # 1 best quarterback in the entire SEC – just wait, you told me. Remember ? Well, here we are # 69 in the nation at 3rd Down Conversion rate and the vols’ fan did not even bring it up. Glaring wouldn’t you say ?

hop

October 8th, 2011
6:29 am

the bottom line is georgia has the best defense and tennesse the best offense.

bray will be rushed from beginning to end by the georgia D ,similiar to what happen to him at florida and yes uga has a better D than fla.

dawgs win by 14 ,21-7.

Thomas Brown

October 8th, 2011
7:48 am

hop, no sir, that is not the bottom line that UGA has the best defense and the vols the best offense, not when UGA was

# 55 in nation 2010 on 3rd Down Conversions, added Isaiah Crowell

# 69 in nation 2011 on 3rd Down Conversions, with Best QB in SEC

The bottom line is that our defense’s worst player is Aaron Murray

minnesota dawg

October 8th, 2011
8:26 am

The key will be Georgia’s offensive and defensive lines. Win those battles and we will be just fine. Georgia please win, watching Minnesota play is depressing!

Thomas Brown

October 8th, 2011
8:30 am

I would like for Aaron Murray to come out and look like the better quarterback for a change. I think that is the key. Not the lines. All this blame the OL for Aaron Murray’s numerious short-comings – no pun intended – are excuses for his multitude of errors.

jimmy campagna

October 8th, 2011
8:58 am

Ironic. Vince Dooley starts Mark Richt’s career at UGA and Derek Dooley will, for all practical purposes, end it tonight with Richt’s third straight loss at Neyland Stadium.

Thomas Brown

October 8th, 2011
8:59 am

ATL Sports Fan October 7th, 2011 8:10 am

“Thomas Brown, your an idiot. Throws himself down so he doesn’t get hit. 4.7 40-yard for a QB is fantastic. GUess what, Lemay isn’t that fast!! ”

Excuse me Christian LeMay is FASTER than Aaron Murray. Christian LeMay will NEVER average 1 yards a carry on his entire career as Aaron Murray is doing, NEVER. You just type whatever you wish. I have no problem with you typing here. I do not wish you to SHUT UP. On the contrary every time you open your mouth, you LIE. Why would you state that your opinion is that Aaron Murray is FASTER than Christian LeMay ? You obviously own the internet and can look up the Nike times for BOTH. The Nike times for both are on Scout.com. So, you run in here and tell me “your an idiot.”

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ugab October 7th, 2011 10:00 am

“Murray is our QB!! He has big game experience.”

# 22 South Carolina LOST
# 12 Arkansas LOST
# 15 Missy State LOST
# 01 Auburn LOST
# 21 Central Florida LOST
# 05 Boise State LOST
# 18 South Carolina LOST – nice big game experience huh ?
UNRANKED Colordo LOST
UNRANKED Florida LOST

Thomas Brown

October 8th, 2011
9:02 am

“I guess there really hasn’t been a marquee win,” Murray admitted earlier this week. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/07/dogs-murray-vols-bray-seek-quality-win/?sportscollege

Dawg48

October 8th, 2011
9:30 am

Thomas brown needs a chill pill

minnesota dawg

October 8th, 2011
9:38 am

Run the table and all is forgot. Win and these arguments cease.

Da Rick

October 8th, 2011
9:46 am

No argument here, TN wins.

Da Rick

October 8th, 2011
9:50 am

I like Murray but, he is not the best QB in the SEC. It’s only about wins.

All Saints

October 8th, 2011
9:58 am

Attention, everyone, especially dawgtards. We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of Saint Jan Kemp, the courageous lady who exposed the shameful practices at UGA that were initiated and carried out by slimeball Vince Dooley. Dooley’s image as a coach and a nice guy were forever shattered during the trial, not to mention the one million dollars that dawgtards had to pay Saint Jan. These practices of recruiting morons and coddling them for four years, them tossing them out like garbage, are still going on, but at least the world knows what’s happening in Athens now.

And now, the moment of silence…
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Thank you, you may resume your normal activities now.

Snoop Dawg

October 8th, 2011
10:03 am

Snoop Dawg will be pleasantly surprised with a victory in the Purina Kennel tonight.

If the Dawgs do pull it out, it will be in spite of our incompetent coaching staff led by Marjoe Mark Wrecked and his sidekick Bozo.

Can we please fire these losers?

Snoop Dawg

October 8th, 2011
10:07 am

All you loser defenders’ personal attacks on Thomas Brown only show your true redneck ignorance. Most of these duds never even went to UGA. I believe several of them had bit parts in the movie, “Deliverance.”

Brown is telling it like it is. That is what a true Dawg does–demands excellence and championships. The SEC does not give losers trophies like the soccer mom leagues do…

Quit making personal attacks on people who criticize that idiot Richt and his incompetence. It is what it is, and the statistics are inarguable.

Yo… Now pray for a victory in Purina Land tonight…

Da Rick

October 8th, 2011
10:13 am

I have heard your prayers; Smokey is faster than Uga, TN wins. Last one to the ALPO finds an empty bowl.

Still@theBAR

October 8th, 2011
10:27 am

The Question is Are the Dawgs…….Barbra Dooley enough to win? I would say Man Enough but the toughest person in Athens is Barbra Dooley for sure.

ugaMUTT

October 8th, 2011
10:29 am

Quick…how many ppl on this blog have made at least a 6 figure donation to the booster dpt, or coaches in any capacity on the team, or has the authority to fire any member of the administration? Then NO ONE has a right to demand anything. Chill the eff out, its a game.

Dr. Morpheus

October 8th, 2011
10:38 am

Interesting that Vegas has the Dawgs only a 1-point favorite. Is it our poor showings on the last two visits? Lack of confidence in our offense? Seeing our D vs their O as a standoff? I like the Dawgs here and will settle for the 1 point win: UGA 31- UT 30.

ugaMUTT

October 8th, 2011
10:38 am

everyone is hung up on the UGA off vs the TENN def. While i believe Tennessee’s offensive numbers are skewed anyway (Montana manhandled their oline as did Florida, and UGA has a better defense than either) no is focusing on the mismatch. UGA off vs UT def. T.Brown brings up our conversion rate on 3rd down, yet neglects to look at how often that has really mattered. The majority of our conversions have come on 10+ yd rushing or passing plays on 1st and 2nd down. Tennessee’s def line was continually blasted by Cincinnati and Florida in the run game, an area where our offensive line has been dominant, due to their size and Crowell’s ability to get small, make a two to three lineman cutback once the LBs lose sight of him, and accelerate back up the crease.

ugab

October 8th, 2011
10:41 am

I think the dawgs still have a lot of work to do. Offense can’t score in the second half. MR may be to conservative. Murray is being hit or sacked to many times. OL missing blocks. OL is the biggest, but not quickest. Mississippi shot thierselves in the foot last game. Ga often looked good because Miss State qb made bad throws. We will see against Bray. Washington is suspended. SOMEONE ON THE DL HAS TO STEP UP. I’M AFRAID GARNER IS THE WEAK LINK. Why don’t he move on? Our DL just don’t come off the ball like other well coached teams do.

Merry Marr

October 8th, 2011
10:44 am

Tennessee wins in a laugher. Dawgs have a miserable, sleepless night thinking about what a wretched season they’re having.

It’s too sad for words. :-)

ugaMUTT

October 8th, 2011
10:45 am

Also, Tennessee is playing two TRUE freshmen at OLB, where the main coverage responsibility falls for Orson Charles…there is no slight advantage in that situation…OC will have 100+ recieving yds and at least one TD in this game. Who have UT’s corners had to cover on M. Mitchell’s level this yr? Da’rick Rogers in practice, and that’s about it. Look back at his scrimmage numbers, and you’ll see Mitchell’s game average for this week. Double Charles, and it’s 15+ yds to Mitchell. Double Mitchell, and it’s 10+ to Charles. Bracket both, and it’s a dump to Figgins or Crowell. This IS an area that Murray has improved on play-action, bootlegs, and screens. MOVE him out of the pocket or invite the pressure…that is the only way he will avoid looking like the Crash Test Dummy from Sanford Stadium.