Talking Points for 8/16/10:
- You can tell football is right around the corner, as player features are popping up all over the place. Take, for instance, freshman wide receiver Justin Hunter, whom the players call "Bones." Words worming their way into quotes about Bones include the following: Incredible. Smart. Tall. Rangy. Huge hands. Very athletically gifted. Unbelievable. Phenomenal. Mature.
All of that's in one article, but the quotes are from five different people, including three different coaches. Hunter's heroics must have gone viral at the media session, as Jim Chaney apparently got bored with it and turned it on its head:
"He doesn't run very well. He doesn't jump very well, and he's not very tall. He doesn't catch it well," Chaney said, grinning. "Has no talent. If he's any good it's all because of Charlie Baggett, our wide receivers coach."But then he got serious again, and again, here come the analogies:
"We don't know until you go out on the field how they learn," Chaney said. "How quick can they learn? How big is the sponge, basically? He has proved to have a lot of good football intellect, and you just keep throwing stuff at him and he keeps swallowing it up. That's been good."So add "huge sponge" to the litany of compliments. Maybe we should call him SpongeBones.
5. Tennessee: There's a lot of hope in Knoxville. Unfortunately for Vol Nation, that hope should be redshirted until 2011, or '12.A redshirt year for hope? Funny.
Player Comments Aug. 14 | UT Sports TV
Tennessee football player post scrimmage comments for August 14, 2010.
Dooley Comments Aug. 14 | UT Sports TV
Tennessee football head coach Derek Dooley post scrimmage comments for August 14, 2010.
Life is Orange and White | UT Sports TV
I do believe that's Mr. Daniels on the voice over. Life is Awrnge and Whaight.