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The Big Orange Roundtable Vol I

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on July 8, 2008

Well, we can’t let our Bama brethren outdo us now, can we? Honestly, that’s not the reason for this roundtable. The reason is there are a whole lot of questions that need to be answered in the couple of months leading up to the season, and I would think that we orangish blogger experts would be just the ones to do it.

So, here’s the drill: Every week, a different UT blog will “host” the roundtable, coming up with five questions that he — and every other UT blog participating — will answer. When they answer, we will link them here. That way, the hungry Vols fan can read multiple points of view on the questions he craves.

At the end of the week, the host blog — this week, the fine fellows at The Third Saturday in Blogtober — will do a roundup, featuring two answers for each question from the participants. The blogs planning on participating are as follows: this site, The Third Saturday in Blogtober, Fulmer’s Belly, Gate 21, Rocky Top Talk, Loser With Socks, Moondog Sports, The Power T and the UT Vols Football Blog.

Please visit this week’s host, The Third Saturday in Blogtober for their answers and links to the other participating Vol blogs.

1.) How good/bad do you think Jonathan Crompton will be in his first year as a Tennessee starting quarterback and what makes you think that?

This has been a concern for me for quite sometime now. To his credit Crompton has waited for this day since he signed his letter of intent when realistically he could have transferred somewhere else.

Crompton was a Parade All-American at Tuscola High School. In 2003 and 2004 he was the named to the 3A All-State, All-Western and All-Mountain Athletic Teams, as well as being two time player of the year. In 2004 he threw for 2,423 yards and 17 touchdowns on his way to an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where his performance earned him the “Army of One” award.

Crompton was a five star recruit on Scout.com and the third ranked Quarterback in the 2005 class behind Mark Sanchez and Ryan “I Now Play 1-AA Ball” Perrilloux. So it’s obvious he has real talent.

This question has many variables to consider like:

  • How will the new offensive coordinator Clawson mold him?
  • Will the receivers be better this year?
  • How much or less of the running game will be employed?

Crompton brings a certain athletic ability that Ainge did not. Such as running (and not prancing like Casey). Ainge had a tendency to throw the ball away when pressure was applied with Crompton he will at least try to turn nothing into something.

Overall I think Crompton will have a good year, but it is next year that will be the monster year for him.

2.) This question was posed on The Third Saturday in Blogtober site a few weeks ago by the Bama boys, and it brought some good discussion, so given UT’s rich history of scheduling home-and-homes with top-shelf BCS programs, what school would you most like for the Vols to play in the future and why?

I have two schools in mind the first one being Michigan. For all the history Tennessee has they have only played the Wolverines once and it was a Tennessee trouncing in the Citrus bowl a few years back. Both these schools have an impressive tradition of football it is a real shame they have only met once. My second choice is Texas and for pretty much the same reasons as Michigan minus the bowl game part of course. Plus they stole Chris Sims from us.

3.) A lot has been made of our lack of depth at defensive tackle. With Demonte Bolden, Dan Williams and Walter Fisher pretty solid, what other player do you think makes a big move toward becoming dependable?

This question was impossible for me to answer because my other two choices were taken. So I choose Stephsn Darville #68. Because he’s one number shy of having the “good number” and with a mug like that he has to be able to play.

4.) Neyland Stadium has undergone some wholesale external and internal renovations during the offseason, updating and improving the overall appearance. If you could change one thing about Neyland, what would it be?

The only thing I would change is the size. Oh yeah…make it the biggest in all of America.

5.) Different UT fans have different opinions on last season. Was it a success? Was it a failure? Why do you think so?

It was a failure. The only reason UT made it to the SEC championship game is due to a dead ball foul against South Carolina. If you remember, that penalty allowed UT to re-kick the field goal they just missed. To make matters worse the penalty was against Tennessee. So basically UT backed their way into the SEC championship game due to bad coaching. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. And let’s not mention losing three games by a total of over 100 points in the regular season.

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Heaven Help Britton Colquitt

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on July 8, 2008

The last time I wrote about Britton Colquitt people said I was harsh. I still stand by what I wrote today however Colquitt is claiming to have learned his lesson with some help of course.

The DUI arrest that occurred in February cost him his football scholarship, a five-game suspension and was an embarrassment to his family and to the University of Tennessee.

Britton says he will change a thing.

“God’s teaching me a big lesson, what to prioritize in my life, and I’ve leaned a lot from this,” Colquitt said Monday after pleading guilty to DUI in Sessions Court.

“I wouldn’t go back and change it if I could. It’s made me somebody I need to be in the future.”

Not to sound too cynical here but nothing helps people find God like the criminal justice system. I just can’t stand people claiming they have found God, or were given a message from God, or anything religious without something to back up that claim.

Way too many times, people have said that God gave them a lesson, saved them, and changed them, etc…..then a year later something else happens.

I would rather Colquitt (or anyone else) go 10 years without an incident…..then point to the period of time where they were changed by the influence of God.

I just would like some action before claims of being touched by God. There are too many people giving glory to god…..without giving glory to god if that makes any sense.

I’m also tired of people referring to arrests as “mistakes”.

At the same time I recognize that sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can start your way back up and yes there’s a real possibility he is sincere in his words at least I hope he is.

The charge was amended to first-offense DUI and Colquitt received the standard penalty:

A suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days; suspended driver’s license for one year; $350 fine and court costs; 24-hour detention and 24-hour litter pickup; attend DUI school.

“I’ve been through a lot because of myself, the actions I’ve made and the decisions I’ve made,” Colquitt said. “I just wanted to get it over with and take my punishment and not try to fight it.

“Just learn from my mistakes, move on and make me a better person.”

Factoring in a series of alcohol-related incidents in September 2003 when Colquitt was an incoming freshman, Coach Fulmer revoked Colquitt’s scholarship and suspended him the first five games of the 2008 season.

He will suit up starting with the Oct. 11 game at Georgia.

“It’s tough,” Colquitt said. “You realize what you’re missing.

“I know when the season comes around and I’m having to watch five games, I’ll really appreciate those last seven. Just being able to take the field will be a lot more of an honor. I took it for granted before.”

“I kind of got lost again in my ways, in the things I was focusing on in my life,” he said, “and it led me back into kind of the same thing.”

Colquitt requested Monday to report Friday morning to serve the remainder of his 24-hour detention. He is credited with 10 hours following his arrest.

He returns to Sessions Court on Aug. 11 to check progress on his probation.

I still feel that he should not be allowed on the team. Too many young men sacrifice so much of their lives to be a part of such a proud tradition. He does not deserve to wear the uniform.

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Sounds Like Someone is a Little Jealous…

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on July 8, 2008

Jenn or Erin which one would you choose?

Who is Jenn Sterger? Well she is that FSU fan that seems to be all over the internet. She is one of the FSU Cowgirls who are known for their combinations of minimalist tops, short shorts, and cowboy hats. She has since posed in both Maxim and Playboy magazines. Sterger also writes an online columnist for Sports Illustrated and NFL GridIron Gab.

However she isn’t Erin Andrews or as we like to call her, the Gator Bait Babe but that didn’t stop Jenn from ripping into Andrews when she was on ESPN Radio 1470 recently.

“She’s very talented. But it’s so funny because if you look at her old tapes back when she worked at the Lightning, it was the most dreadful stuff you’ve ever seen in your life. People compare me and say, well, she’s no Erin Andrews … and I’m like, well, who’s No. 1 on the computer. Suck it.”

CAT FIGHT!!!!

Joel inflate the pool, I’ll run to the store and purchase the whip cream!

What Jenn is failing to understand is that Erin has talent and doesn’t need to do soft porn photos to get noticed. But if the Gator Bait Babe was to do soft porn photos we certainly wouldn’t mind.

Jenn sounds like a jealous coed, who sort of follows sports that just lost her boyfriend.

I say these two need to settle their differences in a bikini clad showdown. Joel you have that pool inflated yet? Ghetto can we borrow your video camera?

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