Us along with all of the other Tennessee blogs in the blog-o-sphere have decided to post and answer each other’s questions for a few weeks. It’s called the Big Orange Roundtable, and here we present our take on this week’s questions. The BOR will be on a different host site each week, so check back. This week, it is brought to you by the founding father of the BOR, Ghost of Neyland at 3rd Saturday in Blogtober (pops).
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?
Will Crompton win the Heisman? To answer that, you have to ask yourself – is Crompton better than Tim Tebow? It’s obvious to say that he is; Crompton has shown us flashes of brilliance in his limited time on the field, and the only memorable thing Tebow did was make out with his roomie (pops). Crompton is this year’s Heisman dark horse — nay, he’s this year’s Heisman light mule: he’s not sexy, but he gets the job done. He’s aggressive and athletic and along with some improved decision making skills, will only thrive in Clawson’s system.
2.) This question was posed on our 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?
Let’s schedule Louisvlle, Cincinnati, Rutgers, or USF and see if people still think the Big East is a powerhouse conference. It’s exactly because of the difficult home-and-home games that we should start scheduling teams which have been giving chubbies to the likes of SI’s Stewart Mandel and 90% of the AP writers. In fact, I’m in favor of abandoning the SEC in general and joining the Big East, because honestly, what love does Tennessee get for scheduling the likes of Miami, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Cal, the Packers, and UCLA among others? The entire conference is lumped together as being OOC fearers, and if that’s the case, we might as well join the greatest conference on earth.
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?
Defensive tackle is the one in the middle with the big stomachs, right? Considering the fat (oops, fact) that there are only 4 or so other DTs that have been assigned numbers, we would obviously have to go with the fattest one. Donald Langley, #58 will be a big (literally) factor for the Vols this year. Book it!
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?
Take out the club seats. I know Mike Hamilton is only looking at the bottom line and trying to make money, but a point of pride was that Neyland was the 2nd biggest stadium in terms of capacity in the country, but has now fallen to 4th in the country and 7th in the world. I liked Doug Dickey’s idea of putting in more benches, and repainting the seat lines on those benches every year to fit just a few more people in. Hell, fans should be standing the entire game anyway if they’re able. in fact, let’s build a SECOND balcony. Sure, no one would be able to see anything even resembling a football game from up there, but who cares? There would be tons of people there. And the second balcony? No seats. Or even horizontal surfaces. It’d just be a big ole metal ramp, where every once in awhile, people can slide off onto the club seats that no one uses anyway.
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 an obvious success. Aside from the fact that there were some key injuries and off-field problems, and if we had retained Robert Meachem, put #10 on Peyton Manning, not lost to a backup QB in the SECCG, utilized a different offense, had a more mature defense, made a few coaching changes, put out mob hits on key opposing players, and won a couple more games, we would have been in the BCS title game. Go Vols!
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