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The Big Orange Roundtable Volume XI Florida Looms Ahead

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on September 15, 2008

It’s that time again folks. It’s time for the Big Orange Roundtable and guess what…I’m king for the week again. First thing first…let’s all welcome the newest member of the round table Curveballs for Jesus. I should have welcomed last week but I failed to much like Travis Henry fails to use condoms. I know, I know I’m a bad king.

In order to keep things simple, I’m only asking one question. That hallowed questions is:

How would you grade the VOLS performance this past weekend?

Now members of the Big Orange Roundtable are free thinkers so they don’t have to use the format that I used.

I’ve got my red marker handy it’s time to go to the roundtable  Before we go any further it should be noted that Tennessee actually won the game.

Quarterbacks: F+

Let’s be honest here the Mountain Messiah sucks. Crompton went 19 of 31, 240 yards, two TDs, two INTs. However UAB’s defense has been giving up over 350 passing yards and zero…that’s right zero interceptions against Tulane and Florida Atlantic. The reason they get an F+ is because Nick Stephens showed zip and scrambling ability in limited time.

Running Backs: A

Lennon Creer looked absolutely awesome & Foster did as well. Foster also showed he can protect the ball.    Montario Hardesty owned the defense when he was in there. Great job guys.

Receivers: C

Luke Stocker one of the tight ends sucks worse than Crompton. The boy had 3 dropped passes. However the play of Lucas Taylor and Gerald Jones saved this group from getting a D+.

The O-Line: D

Still sucks ass. Three senseless penalties are way too much for a group to be this experienced.

The D-Line: C

They kept the UAB QB in check most of the day.

Linebacker Core: C-

The missed tackle bug has struck us once again. However Walker had a forced fumble and McKenzie broke up a pass and pressured the QB.

Secondary: A

Eric Berry is a monster. He had seven tackles and an interception and Willingham had four tackles and an interception as well.

Special Teams: C-

Decent kick and punt coverage however the return teams sucked and they didn’t “flip the field” like the Tennessee teams of old could do.

Coaching: F+

Poor clock management, not that much of an improvement in the QB play. Missed tackling reared its ugly head again. They get a plus on the basis that Fulmer actually showed some fire and emotion on the sidelines. However going for it on fourth down instead of attempting to kick a field goal was a poor choice and it also speaks volumes for our kicking game.

Overall: D-

We had the talent to score at least 50 on this sub-par Conference USA team but didn’t get it done. Crompton didn’t show any improvement and in fact it appears we abandoned the passing game. UAB’s defense is ranked 117 out of 118 and all we mustered was 35 points. With Florida looming ahead next week, this appears it’s going to be a lllllooonnngggg season ahead.

Be sure to check the sites of all the Big Orange Roundtable members to see their responses.

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