November 3, 2014
Love or hate Steve Spurrier, he’s been one successful coach in the SEC. Spurrier frequently had the Vols number at Florida boasting a 14-9 winning record against the Vols both at Florida and South Carolina. With Tennessee not winning any SEC games since last year’s game against South Carolina, Vols Butch Jones confident the Vols would extend his personal record against the Gamecocks to 2-0. South Carolina Wide Receiver Pharoh Cooper proved to be a thorn in any attempt for the Vols to get their first SEC win of the season. Cooper was all over the field like a ghost leaving 20 yard gaps between him and any Vol defender.
Spurrier and the Gamecocks didn’t expect one thing Tennessee had going for them, the Freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs and running back Jalen Hurd. This has surprisingly been the majority of Tennessee’s offense and a great one at that showing that the Vols indeed had an offense. The duo quickly gave South Carolina’s defense more than they could handle propelling the Vols to their first SEC win of the season.
Ironically this was the same outcome last year. Like a bad football edition of Groundhog Day, the Vols once again limped through the season accomplishing nothing in the SEC until South Carolina. Even though Vols fan can celebrate an SEC win, the next 3 games still can prove more disappointment in a program desperate for redemption.