Pleased Dooley lauds Vol DEs
Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 4:19 pm
Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said after Tuesday’s practice that he was pleased with what he saw Saturday from mid-term freshmen defensive ends Corey Miller and Jacques Smith.
“Let me tell you, those two guys are going to be really good football players,” Dooley said. “They have a great attitude and great character; they play with tremendous effort and have a lot of physical skills. They are progressing at a really rapid pace and are going to be important to us this year.
“I’m glad they are part of our program.”
On the offensive side, Dooley had words of support for three of the members of his young offensive line — Dallas Thomas, Ja’Wuan James and JerQuari Schofield.
Dooley said Thomas was the line’s “the most consistent performer” and that James was “quietly going about his business.”
Dooley also said that Schofield “has a chance to be a real good player.”
Dooley earlier took a page out Gen. Neyland’s playbook when he offered perhaps one of his own maxims of football.
“You don’t have to do anything special in a game; you just have to do the common things uncommonly well,” Dooley said.
He was referring to Saturday’s scrimmage and his team’s inability to limit miscues in the crucial closing portion of a game.
“It was amazing the number of critical, game-changing mistakes that we made during the stretch,” Dooley said. “I think I counted 15, and I’m talking about penalties, poor snaps, dropped passes — simple things.
“I did a little research for the team to show how important those last four minutes of a game are. In the last two years, we had a chance to win seven times in the last four minutes where it was a one-possession or 10-point difference and we didn’t win one of them. We even lost the lead one time.”
Tennessee practices again today and Thursday in advance of Saturday’s Dish Network Orange and White Game. Kickoff Saturday is 1 p.m.
UT HOOPS NEWS: Emmanuel Negedu, the forward who suffered sudden cardiac arrest, will not play again with the Volunteers.
Tennessee athletic officials decided not to clear Negedu for play after consulting with medical experts and reviewed medical studies about the sophomore’s condition. Negedu did not play during the 2009-10 season.
“Emmanuel is an exceptional young man, and we hope he will stay at UT as a student with our full support,” athletic director Mike Hamilton said. “If he decides he would like to pursue a playing career at another school, we will support him in that decision, and we wish him the best.”
The 21-year-old from Kaduna, Nigeria, had just completed a team weightlifting session and had been racing a teammate on the Vols’ indoor football field when he collapsed on Sept. 28.
Tennessee athletic trainer Chad Newman and director of sports medicine Jason McVeigh used an automatic external defibrillator and performed CPR to revive Negedu.
He will be allowed to remain on scholarship if he decides to stay at Tennessee.
As a freshman during the 2008-09 season, Negedu averaged 7.2 minutes, 1.9 rebounds and 1.7 points in 33 games.