The Volunteer Review

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  1. The Volunteer Review

    First game of the season for the #23 ranked Tennessee Volunteers was a tough one, against THE Ohio Stare Buckeyes, preseason ranked 4th in the nation. Luckily for the Vols, the game took place in front of 100,000+ Volunteer faithful who even in the midst of a torrential downpour that never let up, were deafening from before kickoff

    And what a kickoff it was. The Vols elected to kick, which proved to be a grave mistake as OSU senior Duron Carter, took the opening kickoff 75 yards for the Bucks first score of the new season.

    The special team woes continued for Tenn. as after driving downfield kicker D. Washington missed a 51 yard attempt, badly. Ohio State had no such kicking issue and added a 47 yard kick that sliced through the rain to go 10-0 after one quarter of play.

    Tennessee's Junior Quarterback Brent Smith would respond with touchdown throws on consecutive drives, ultimately ending the 1st half down 17-14 after another Ohio State kick.

    The third quarter was ruled by defense for both teams as both teams failed to put up points. That is until, C. Hyde burst through Tennessee's D for is second score of the day, an 18-yarder that came with 10 seconds remaining in the third.

    Beginning the fourth quarter down 24 to 14, the Volunteers rallied back, first with a Brent Smith touchdown pass to Aaron Douglas, a converted Tackle, now playing Tight End. On the Bucks ensuing possession, Freshman Quarterback Lance Clark (playing in place of Junior signal caller Justin Siems who was knocked out of the game in the first half), threw a crucial pick to Senior Strong Saftey, the undisputed leader of the D Prentiss Waggner.

    And what a timely interception it would prove to be as with 5 minutes in the ballgame the offense took over at midfield for the go ahead drive. And after a 10 play drive the Vols hit paydirt when Smith threw his fourth and final touchdown time to halfback Toney Williams.

    Not out of the woods yet and clinging on to a four point lead Tennessee's D took the field with just under 2 minutes in the game needing a stop. And, they got it, for the first two plays. On third and ten Clark found Carter for a gain of 16 yards. And then, Clark found J. Jackson for 17 yards, and then Stoneburner for 5, and then Clarke rushed for four, and then Hyde rushed for five, and then Clark found Carter again for a gain of 10 yards and a first and goal.

    And then, finally, from his own three yard line Clark found Prentiss Waggner in the endzone. Unfortunately for Clark, Prentiss was still wearing a Tennessee jersey. And with that Ohio State's valiant effort came to an end as the true Freshman's comeback attempt came up just three yards short, and the Tennessee Volunteers upset the number 4 team in the nation, 28-24.

    Brent Smith, finished 26-30 for 294 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception (a hail mary at the end of the first half.)

    Toney Williams added 19 carries for 88 yards and also had a reception for six.

    Wideout Zach Rogers led all Tennesse receivers with 6 receptions for 98 yards and a score. He filled in for Nukeese Richarson, number one receiver and impact player who was injured on a screen pass. Nukeese joined back up tailback David Oku, on Tennessee's injury list and neither player are expected back anytime soon.

    Prentiss Waggner, savior of the day, led the team in tackles with 7, to go along with his two INTs. Keith Jackson, the Junior Left Outside Linebacker also added an interception.
     
  2. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

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    Good 1st win man. Welcome to the best PS3 league.
     
  3. Thank you, I appreciate it, glad to be on board.
     
  4. Two games played two opposing Quarterbacks put on the disabled list, oh, and two victories as well for the Tennessee Volunteers who go to 2 and 0 on the year with a 49 to 28 win over MTSU.

    Brent Smith went 14 of 21 for 182 yards, 3 touchdown tosses and zero interceptions.

    Toney Williams got 20 touches out of the backfield and came away with 113 yards on the ground along with two scores, though he did fumble once at the goalline.

    Nine different receivers hauled in atleast 1 pass, no better performances however than that of the Douglas boys, Wideout Chris Douglas and Tight End/H-Back Aaron Douglas. There is no relation between the two, except Brent Smith's fondness for throwing them the football, combined they were targeted 11 times for 9 receptions 135 yards and 1 score which belonged to Chris.

    Prentiss Waggner continues to play at an elite level, following up last weeks 2 interception game, with a 14 tackle performace today. Jerod Askew an Outside backer who has moved inside in the Vols 34 look added 10 more stops (2 for a loss) and a pick. Defensive End Mike Holmes also got in on the fun recording a pick six to go along with 5 tackles, 2 of which were recorded behind the line of scrimage.

    No injuries to report this week, which bodes well for the Vols game next week against #22 Oklahoma State.
     
  5. TRudethaDude

    TRudethaDude Walk On

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    livin the dream eh?
     
  6. JFunk34

    JFunk34 Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

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    Good to have you. Good game. But I officially hate you for hurting my QB and possibly ruining my season. ;)
     
  7. The number twenty-two ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys rolled into town this week and were able to do something no other team has done this season thus far again the Volunteers: Keep their Quarterback from getting carted off the field.

    Still the Cowboys could not keep pace with the 18th ranked Vols finding themselves on the wrong end of a 38-28 game.

    Tennessee controlled most of the game, pulling away in the 2nd half, but were never able to deliver the knockout blow. Still OK St. was unable to stop Tennessee's offense and make a real game out of it.

    Brent Smith threw for four touchdowns, including a season long 75 yarder to Chris Douglas, normally a possession receiver not known for his speed the Sophomore wideout found himself matched up against a linebacker on third and ten. The Cowboys blitzed but did not get there in time, which was a trend for most of the game. Smith had 350 yards through the air on 22 of 27 attempts, though he was sacked four times.

    Toney Williams chipped in with 87 yards on 25 carries two of which went for scores. He also scored on a reception.

    The aforementioned Chris Douglas led all receivers with a 104 receiving yards, 5 receptions, and two touchdowns

    The D were able to bring the Quarterback down 4 times and generally had good pressure though there were no turnovers to show for it.

    No injuries to report for the Vols this week.
     
  8. Iron Mickey

    Iron Mickey I'd take her out for some casadias

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    Tenn is slowly moving up the rankings.....it will get more intresting once the User SEC play begins.
     
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