Vols Stage Final Spring Practice; Orange And White Game Saturday

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- The Tennessee football team practiced for the final time this spring at Neyland Stadium on Thursday. The Vols' spring session culminates Saturday with their second Dish Network Orange and White Game under head coach Derek Dooley.

The annual spring game, which takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Neyland Stadium, isn't necessarily a barometer of how good the team is, but it does allow the opportunity for some Vols to stand out. One Vol who took advantage of that chance in last spring's Orange and White Game was quarterback Tyler Bray.

"The first time I kind of noticed some qualities in him was in the scrimmage setting," Dooley said. "Some guys just elevate a little bit and he did it in the scrimmage. I don't try to put too much stock in the Orange and White game because so many variables but it was good to see him. It's one of those deals where if a guy plays real well you get really excited and if he doesn't play well you go, `It's no big deal.' You try to have it both ways as a coach. Otherwise, you'll have nightmares all through the offseason."

One Vol who may be in that position Saturday is sophomore fullback Channing Fugate, who rushed for more than 3,000 yards as a junior at Breathitt County High School. Although the Jackson, Ky., native didn't get any carries as a freshman in 2010, the Vols are making a concerted effort to involve him more in the offense going forward.

"We're going to give him the ball," Dooley said. "I think he's going to play a big role in our offense. Guys who have that many yards have excellent instincts. There's never been a running back who can rush for that many yards and not understand the tone and see things that other guys can't see. He has great instincts and he's a heavy body, very good balance when he runs the ball. You can see why he was so productive in high school."

WILLIE WATCH

Junior Willie Bohannon, who will start at defensive end for the Orange team Saturday, is making the most of his opportunity this spring. Bohannon, who shared Tennessee's 2010 John Stucky Off-Season Award, an annual coaching staff-given honor each spring, is having another productive April this year.

"He never really was much of a threat (to reach the quarterback) but he's becoming a threat," Dooley said. "That's what this spring is doing for him. I'm really pleased with the way he has progressed and we hope he can kind of take it from here with a good summer and we'll see where he is in August."

Despite being undersized for a defensive lineman at 6-foot-2 and 251 pounds, Bohannon has been productive.

"He's playing technique a lot better, but Willie has good leverage," Dooley said. "Some guys are little, but they play with good leverage. He's a little guy but he really knows how to use his strength. He understands leverage so he plays a lot stronger than what his body type is."

QUICK HITS

-To purchase tickets for Saturday's Dish Network Orange and White Game, fans can call 865-656-1200 or follow this link: http://bit.ly/hOCG2j

-The Vols will be without defensive end Jacques Smith (foot) Saturday. The extent of his injury is unknown but he is expected to be ready to go when summer workouts begin in June.

-For complete information on all of Saturday's events surrounding the Orange and White Game, including rosters, visit this link: http://bit.ly/eiI8WJ

-For Orange and White Game updates and all things Tennessee Football, follow the official Twitter account: @Vol_Football

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)



Moc Golfers In Action This Weekend

-It’s been a little while since the Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team saw a competitive round. A month to be exact with the cancellation of an event between now and the Lady Paladin Invitational (Sept. 22-24).   As one can imagine, the Mocs are eager to return to the links. The quintet of Cristina Perez, Megan Woods, Monica San Juan, Holly Morgan and Maddy McDanel are ... (click for more)

Covenant Falls At Greensboro 3-2 In OT

 The Covenant men's soccer team could not hold on to a pair of one-goal leads as USA South East Division co-leader Greensboro rallied for a 3-2, double-overtime victory over the Scots on Friday afternoon at Pride Field. The loss for Covenant (6-11-1, 2-6-1 USA South) extended a tough record in close matches this year. The Scots are now 0-4-1 in overtime games this season ... (click for more)

TDOT Recommends Spot Improvements For Road Up To Signal Mountain Rather Than Costly Widening Or Reworking The W Road

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) officials said Friday that widening the road up to Signal Mountain or reworking the W Road would both be very costly. Officials said spot improvements on the existing road should solve most of the issues and be much less expensive.   TDOT officials made a presentation on the status of Signal Mountain Road to the town council ... (click for more)

Shaw Industries To Invest $42 Million At Decatur, Tn., Plant

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. officials announced Friday that the floor products manufacturer will invest $42 million to upgrade its yarn facility in Decatur. Shaw plans create 75 new jobs in Meigs County as part of the investment. “I’d like to thank Shaw for its continued ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)