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Vols history shows time hasn’t helped preparation for option offense

Conventional wisdom says that if you have more time to prepare for an offense like the triple-option, which Tennessee football will deal with its first game, you’re better off. If that’s the case, Vols fans should feel relief. But unless Bob Shoop is that much better than John Chavis was at Tennessee, history tells a […]

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Against Georgia Tech, Vols’ defense has one option: ‘Owning your own responsibilities

Tennessee players will need to be on the same page defensively Labor Day night against the Georgia Tech triple-option offense. Second-year defensive coordinator Bob Shoop has been stressing communication for some time in defending the unique attack that’s had success against other SEC teams. Tech went 3-0 against the SEC in 2016. “One of the […]

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Why 2017 Will Be Different: A New Look at QB

At his first weekly press conference of the season, Paul Johnson provided an update on the offseason-long quarterback battle by… definitively ruling out redshirt junior Chase Martenson and true freshman Tobias Oliver. The first 2017 depth chart was the same, listing all four of the candidates for the starting job on the first string. Score […]

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GA TECH’S JOHNSON IN NO HURRY TO REVEAL STARTING QUARTERBACK

With less than a week to go before season opener against No. 25 Tennessee, Georgia Tech still hasn’t revealed who will start at quarterback. That’s not to say coach Paul Johnson is struggling with a decision. Coy as always, Johnson indicated Tuesday that he knows who will get the nod when the Yellow Jackets take […]

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Past Georgia Tech foes say it’s hard to prepare for triple option

Mark Stoops threw his hands out by his side in a display of frustration and then strolled over to a member of the officiating crew and barked a few words as the game stopped for an injury timeout with Kentucky defensive lineman Courtney Miggins lying on the field in pain. Play resumed in last season’s […]

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Vols know discipline needed against Tech threat

Game week officially has arrived for Tennessee. It represents the final chapter rather than the start of the Vols’ defensive preparations for next Monday night’s season opener against Georgia Tech at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tennessee’s defense began studying and implementing a plan to face the Yellow Jackets months ago and used practices back in […]

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Vols’ Tommy Thigpen saw how potent Georgia Tech’s flexbone can be

Tommy Thigpen’s last season at North Carolina was coach Paul Johnson’s first season at Georgia Tech. And although you wouldn’t guess it by the final score, Johnson’s flexbone offense made a powerful impression on Thigpen. Thigpen, who now coaches Tennessee linebackers, is helping prepare the Vols for their season opener against Georgia Tech on Sept. […]

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