Archive for October 23rd, 2005

Breaking Down the Tennessee Volunteers’ Game-Losing Drive

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

GoVolsXtra’s Mike Griffith captures the misery of the Vols’ game-losing drive:

“First-and-goal inside the 5, and it was going good,” UT left tackle Arron Sears said. “We definitely could have got it in.”

On first down at the 3, tight end Justin Reed raised out of his stance early. The penalty led to a spot at the 9, still first down.

Arian Foster was dropped a yard behind the line of scrimmage on the next play, setting up a second-and-goal.

Rick Clausen, scrambling right, appeared to have enough room to run close to the end zone, if not in it. Instead, Clausen chose to throw the ball away – from beyond the line of scrimmage – and UT was penalized another 5 yards and a loss of down.

Facing third-and-goal at the 15, offensive coordinator Randy Sanders called for a screen to fullback Cory Anderson. Anderson sprinted hard for the end zone, but Alabama linebacker Roman Harper got his helmet on the ball. Anderson fell forward as the ball squirted out of his hands and out of the back of the end zone, giving the Tide the ball back at the 20.

Meanwhile, left guard Rob Smith lay writhing on the ground with a rib contusion. The severity of the injury is not known.

“It was like a series of bad dreams,” Sears said.

John Pennington’s UT-Alabama Post-Game Blog: Looks Like Tarzan, Plays Like Jane

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

John Pennington says enough talk about “all of the talent” of this year’s Tennessee Volunteer football team:

For anyone out there who wants to continue to talk about “all the talent on offense,” please, take it somewhere else. ‘Cause you happen to be living out an old John Conlee song…

“These rose colored glasses, that I’m looking through. Show ooo-nly the beauty, and they hide all the truth.”

The playmakers aren’t there. The execution’s not there. (Reminds me of the famous John McKay quote: “What do you think about your team’s execution?” “I’m all for it,” he answered.)

No playmakers + no execution = the talent’s not there. If it were it would show up on Saturdays.

Gerald Riggs wouldn’t routinely be tripped up by the first man to touch him.

Opposing defenses wouldn’t laugh at the idea of a UT QB completing a pass more than 15 yards down the field.

A wide receiver might actually take a 5 or 10 yard pass, break a tackle, make a man miss and go 30 yards with it.

But that doesn’t happen. And if it doesn’t show up on Saturday, well, then all you can say is that all those Parade All-Americans look like Tarzan, but they play like Jane.

Pennington’s other points include:

  • Wide receiver Jayson Swain is this team’s only playmaker.
  • Fullback Cory Anderson may have had the game’s most costly fumble, but if you’re placing blame, but every running back and a punt returner had a fumble, and there were several very costly penalties as well.
  • Whether the offensive coaches are developing players may be a legitimate question, but Randy Sanders called a good game.
  • The defense had one bad play in the entire game.
  • “The QB situation has been butchered from the get-go.”
  • Linebacker Kevin Simon may have learned that while you might be able to guarantee your own performance, it’s dangerous business to guarantee the performance of others.
  • Running back Arian Foster had a better game — and is more apt to make defenders miss — than did starter Gerald Riggs.