Talking Points for 8/17/10:
Janzen Jackson is back at practice for the Vols. Jackson, of course, is incredibly important to the team and even has a chance to play the role that Eric Berry played for Tennessee fans for three years, that of Reason To Watch An Otherwise Unwatchable Game. You may recall that our Rumspringa fling once committed the heresy of suggesting that Jackson did some things better than Berry. So can Jackson fill Berry's shoes? "Well, I think he wore size 12," said Jackson. "But I'm going to try to live up to what he did." Jackson wears 10 1/2s. And what if he is better, Mr. Berry?
"That would be a really good thing for Tennessee, so that’s fine with me," Berry said. "I’ll be rooting for him to be better than me, actually. You always want to see your little brothers doing big things."Awwww.
In any event, DB coach Terry Joseph is beginning to feel better about the secondary. Prentiss Waggner and Brent Brewer, who both got significant reps in Jackson's absence, are competing for the safety spot opposite Jackson.
- Yeah, DT John Brown and ATH Marcques Dixon have failed to qualify and won't enroll this fall. The team is still waiting for word on DB Eddrick Loften and LB Martaze Jackson. Of those, Brown, of course, hurts the most. Brown was a former five-star Florida signee who re-routed to junior college. His absence and Marlon Walls' season-ending injury leaves Montori Hughes as the only sure thing at defensive tackle and leaves the other spot open for junior Rae Sykes (a converted defensive end who needs to put on weight), sophomore Steven Fowlkes (also a converted defensive end who originally converted from wide receiver who, yeah, needs to put on weight), Minor Bowens (the former discus thrower), senior Victor Thomas (moved from offensive line after being moved from defensive line), and Arthur Jeffery (a lo-and-behold actual defensive tackle . . . who hasn't played a game in two years). It is what it is, and it's Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for POOLE, who is going to have to milk that clock, baby!
Dooley Comments Aug. 15 | UT Sports TV
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley post-practice comments for August 15, 2010.