Sometimes it's easy to forget how much I love football....and then the first Tennessee game of the year kicks-off and I remember.
Thankfully, the Vols made the outcome certain early in the game with a couple of huge plays in the first quarter. The passing game on big plays looked good and we converted several third and shorts and fourth and shorts during the game (a glaring weakness last year) . And the defense looked disciplined at times, pursuing the ball and making some solid stops and good tackles.
Now for the not so good. Our offensive line, reportedly one of the big strengths of the team, didn't push anyone around enough and our running game was anemic. The stats for the game running make it look OK, but overall things really didn't get rolling until the fourth quarter. It could be that Montana is a team with more upperclassmen playing or it could be that we still need a lot of work here.
If I'm a coach at Cincinnati and Florida, I immediately game plan to shut down the big play passes and make the running game and Tyler Bray's shorter passing game beat them.
But let's not overlook that the Vols won the game and started off the season on a solid note. It's great to have football back!
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posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/04/2011 07:12:00 AM