It’s that time again…time for the Big Orange Roundtable and this week I get to be king! Now I know some of you readers have been e-mailing me and wanting me to behead the idiot coach who didn’t pick Tim Tebow as No. 1 Super Duper QB of the year that also walks on water and has a platinum halo, all because he can’t read and let someone else fill out his preseason ballot out, but there will be no bloodshed during this roundtable session. Let go straight to the questions!
1. Now that we have covered the receivers & QB’s, let’s get to the running game. Just how much improved do you think the running game will be?
Well considering Foster fumbled A LOT plus the fact he was slow you had to clock him using a sundial, I would say it be greatly improved.
First off we have Montario Hardesty who was getting rave reviews throughout the spring practices, and then we have Tauren Poole from what I understand he might be the next starting running back this season when all is said and done.
We did recruit some guy by the name Bryce Brown who happened to be the number No.1 overall prospect in the 2009 class by Rivals.com … Rated No. 1 at running back by Scout.com and No. 2 by ESPN. Oh yeah we also have David Oku the No. 1 overall all-purpose back and the No. 97 overall recruit in the 2009 class by Rivals.com.
With an energized line and a simpler offense of play action pass and ramming down the other team’s throats, I believe the running game will have a huge impact on this upcoming season and rank somewhere in the top 20.
2. During the SEC media days, Kiffin made the comment “Do I love every single thing I’ve done my (first) seven months? No, I haven’t loved having to do it. But it needed to be done, in my opinion, for us to get where we needed to be.” What do you think he was talking about?
I sincerely believe he was referring to the decisions he had to make about players and recruits. I believe he was referring too having to withdraw scholarships to those that were offered by the previous coaching staff and he was referring to letting some of the current roster go.
3. Do you think giving Mike Hamilton a big raise and extension is a mistake before seeing how Kiffin performs as a head coach?
Yes! Let’s play what-if. What if Kiffin and this staff flops and everyone is canned, think about the money that will need to be paid out. If Kiffin does let go then surely Hamilton will need to be let go as well. You can’t the wave of the Bruce Pearl hiring forever. With this new raise then there’s even more money that will need to be paid out. It was a huge mistake on the university’s part in my opinion.
4. What is the one game Tennessee needs to win this season?
I said it last year and I’ll say it again. Beat the Shamecocks of South Carolina. There is no excuse for not winning this game. Both teams have new assistant coaches and as of right now both teams have questions about their quarterbacks.
South Carolina lost a lot on both sides of the ball especially the defensive side. If Kiffin and this staff want respect within this league then beating the ole ball (sac) coach is the way to go about it.
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