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Dooley Wants His D-Linemen Digging Wells

Derek Dooley is a sharp guy.  Derek Dooley is a pretty funny guy, too.  And when Steve Spurrier finally hangs up his visor in a few years, if Tennessee’s coach is still around he’s liable to become the league’s new go-to quote machine.

One week after using a copy of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” to make a point to his team, the Vol coach told his defensive tackles that he wants them digging wells this fall:

“They don’t have to have sacks, but tackles can push the pocket.  You ever try to throw out of a well? … If you’re standing at the bottom of a well and you try to throw a ball out, it’s hard.  There’s no room to follow through, right?  You’re sitting there and there’s a wall.

Two good tackles who can push the guards back into the lap of the quarterback, then he’s throwing out of a well and he short-arms it.”

Tennessee is looking for the right mix at tackle.  Currently, top returner Malik Jackson is banged up which leaves two sophomores, a juco transfer and a converted offensive lineman to work at the position.

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SEC Headlines 8/6/2011

1. The lone returning starter among Tennessee’s front seven – Malik Jackson – sprains his right knee.

2. Tennessee’s Marlon Walls is in his third position since high school. Fullback Channing Fugate can block, run and catch passes.

3. Alabama’s Duron Carter - not eligible yet. He’s not the only wide receiver to be missing practice at Alabama.

4. Despite diminishing depth in the backfield, coach Nick Saban says the Tide still has options.

5. Saban is not happy with the media: “Every day, I’m going to post something that’s just total B.S.”

6. How would Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray grade his freshman year?: “If I had to grade myself on my performance, I’d give myself a C, at best,”

7. Redshirt freshman Ken Malcome an option in the backfield for the Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Richt likes what he sees from Isaiah Crowell.

8. Georgia’s T.J. Stripling continues to make progress from a serious knee injury suffered last year.

9. Practice gets underway at Ole Miss with a quarterback battle at the top of the agenda.

10. It’s a two-man battle for quarterback at Vanderbilt.

11. The football culture at Vanderbilt is changing.

12. Junior quarterback Morgan Newton is the man at Kentucky.

13. Kentucky freshmen, while off-limits to the media until after the first game, may make an impression before then.

14. Expect Auburn’s Philip Lutzenkirchen will be a focal point of the offense – in  the backfield, at wide receiver or as a tight end.

15. Is Gabe Wright the next Nick Fairley at Auburn?

16. With a 1.000 yard rusher, 1.000 yard receiver and 3,000 yard QB all returning, South Carolina becomes the first SEC team ever to pull off that trifecta.

17. South Carolina AD Eric Hyman, rumored to be a possible candidate at Tennessee, gets a $75,000 raise.

18. LSU shows support for assistant coach Steve Kragthorpe who revealed this week he has Parkinson’s disease. Flooded with well wishes from fans.

19. New Tigers offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa: “Our MO is going to stay exactly the same.”

20. LSU sophomore Tharold Simon will anchor one of the cornerback spots for the Tigers.

21. For the third straight year, Jarrett Lee will enter fall as Jordan Jefferson’s backup.

22. Florida’s Jeff Demps considered focusing on just his track career. Ditches No. 2 for No. 28.

23. Florida’s Lerentee McCray will play the “buck” position – part linebacker, part defensive end.

24. Will Muschamp: “I’m excited about getting on the field and coaching.” Overlooked Gators use disrespect as motivational tool.

25. “Florida is young and largely inexperienced. It will take time for this group to find its identity and, most important, special leaders.”

26. Thanks to Charlie Weis, John Brantley’s confidence is back.

27. Arkansas has put an emphasis on recruiting bigger athletes. “We want tall, long, athletic kids.” 

28. Two more dates known on the Razorbacks non-conference basketball schedule.

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Three Vols Earn AP All-SEC Honors

Junior defensive tackle Malik Jackson and sophomore defensive back Prentiss Waggner were named to the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team, while junior tailback Tauren Poole garnered honorable mention accolades, as announced by the AP Monday.

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SEC Headlines – 10/27/10 Part Two

1.  Urban Meyer says his offense has been tweaked, but his players says that’s not so.

2.  They also say that speculation that their coach has softened or changed post-health scare is way off base.

3.  This writer says Florida could lose all five of its final games… including to Appalachian State.  Alrighty.

4.  Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray will have to keep his nerves in check against his homestate school on Saturday.

5.  This writer says it’s time for UGA’s defense to step up against the Gators.  Something the Dawgs’ D rarely does.

6. Kentucky’s Mike Hartline has been added to the watch list for this year’s Manning Award

7.  The Wildcats’ run defense will be in for a test from Mississippi State’s “pound the rock” attack.

8.  UK’s Blue-White basketball scrimmage required some “iron man” performances last night.

9.  This writer suggests that no one will notice who’s calling plays in Columbia… when Marcus Lattimore returns.

10.  The Charleston Post & Courier has asked a doctor to comment on Lattimore’s type of ankle sprain.  Think the guy’s important to the Cocks’ offense or what?

11.  Spurrier expects Lattimore to be “100 percent” on Saturday and has said that either the freshman or Brian Maddox could start at tailback.

12.  Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson says working in the interior is “like working in a phone booth.”

13.  The Vols’ offensive line is starting to make some improvements.

14.  Freshman UT basketballer Tobias Harris puts himself through private, 6am shoot-arounds because he wants “to be the best.”

15.  Vanderbilt’s new offensive coordinator won’t dump the hurry-up offense… but he’ll likely give a few more carries to Warren Norman and Zac Stacy.

16.  Casey Hayward is developing into a first-rate cornerback.

17.  Kevin Stallings’ basketball team is looking to replace AJ Ogilvy.

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