October 11, 2010
Athens, Georgia: Volunteer fans worst nightmares were realized on Saturday as they watched their Vols play against the Georgia Bulldogs. Both teams having a horrible start to the 2010 season and both needing a SEC win desperately. The vols, however, were happy to ablige the home team and gave a performance that was easily one of the worst we’ve seen in recent memory. Continued to be plagued by costly and key mistakes in the game, Tennessee showed that improvements won’t be coming nearly as fast as Vol fans hoped. Obviously experience is key on this team that starts more true freshman than any other SEC team but even experience can make the same errors if the coaching staff is not keying in on seemingly fundamental thinking in key situations on the football field.
Coach Dooley has tried everything to motivate and drive his young team adding a half time speech of “I’m enjoying all the competition but we’re here to win some games”. His message largely falling on deaf ears as the young Vols team quickly lose gas and retreat into the “deer in headlights” look on the field once the bulldogs made any type of aggressive play.
Tennessee now goes into a much needed bye week before dealing with the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide who were just handed their first loss in 2 years by South Carolina. WR Julio Jones is questionable suffering a broken hand during the game.
Clearly with Alabama and South Carolina on the Vols docket for the remaining two games, it will be no surprise to anyone if the Vols finish out the month of October winless and possibly closing in on another losing season like the 5-7 2008 season which ushered out the Phillip Fulmer era.