Rocky top hurry up: Waiting for ends to emerge, Arian Foster, and game captains

  • Coaches are still waiting for a star to emerge at defensive end. Candidates include juniors Xavier Mitchell and Antonio Wardlow, sophomore Robert Ayers, junior-college transfer Walter Fisher, and redshirt freshman Wes Brown. Among them they have a total of zero starts for UT. It’s looking like Ayers and defensive tackle Turk McBride will start at the ends against California.
  • More stuff you never knew, this time about the Florida Gators, courtesy of Fulmer’s Belly.
  • If you haven’t visited in awhile, go check out the SportsAnimal’s interview page. Lots of good stuff there, including an interview with Arian Foster. One excerpt:

    Q: You averaged almost 150 yards in your five starts, would that be pretty unrealistic to try to do that for an entire season?

    A: [Pregnant pause.] Shhhh . . . um . . . I don’t . . . I don’t . . . I really don’t think so. Well, depending on the amount of carries that coach Cutcliffe and the staff allow me to get, I believe I can go out and play this game the way it’s supposed to be played.

    Excellent answer with just the right mixture of confidence and humility.

  • GoVolsXtra.com’s John Adams analyzes the impact of various scenarios of the 2006 season on coach Fulmer’s job security.
  • The Vols are apparently going with game captains this season instead of naming them now for an entire season. I like the let’s-change-all-the-little-things attitude the coaches are using to distinguish this season from last season, but I don’t know about this one. Any thoughts?

2 Responses to “Rocky top hurry up: Waiting for ends to emerge, Arian Foster, and game captains”

  1. ADK says:

    The thing I like about not naming captians is that the players don’t seem to mind. Everyone has been humble and focused on getting better, at least publicly. To me, that’s a nice change.

  2. Joel Hollingsworth says:

    Good point. A 5-6 season has a way of humbling you.