When Lane Kiffin became the head coach for the Tennessee Volunteers in 2009, Big Orange Country held high hopes for their team. They had just fired long-time head coach Phillip Fulmer and the team’s stability became an area of question. Kiffin brought in one of Tennessee best recruiting classes at that time, including one of the top prospects coming out of high school, running back Bryce Brown.
Brown, now drafted to the Philadelphia Eagles with the 229th overall pick, went from being considered one of the elite prospects from his days in high school to sneaking in the end of the draft as his limited playing time is a huge question mark on his stock.
When Kiffin left the program, Brown decided to part ways with the Volunteers as well. He transfered to Kansas State where he did not get that much playing time. Brown left Kansas State and decided to enter the NFL Draft.
Now Brown finds himself behind LeSean McCoy, one of the league’s primier running backs.
Just two days after drafting Virginia Tech running back David Wilson with the 32nd overall pick, the Giants added another Hokie in cornerback Jayron Hosley.
Hosley, like Wilson, found a way to sneak into a round of the draft. He was the 31st pick of round 3 and the 94th pick overall.
Last season Hosley contributed by forcing two fumbles and intercepting three passes for his defense. The Giants won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots back in February, but the Patriots passing game still found success in that championship game as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and two touchdown passes. New York hopes that the addition of Hosley will help shore up the passing game.
Many speculated about whether Alabama running back Trent Richardson would be the only running back selected in the first round. That speculation came to a screeching halt when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to the 31 overall pick and selected Boise State running back Doug Martin. Then a pick later, the Giants chose Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.
Wilson comes to a team looking to replace Brandon Jacobs, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers, the team that the Giants beat in the NFC Championship. New York still has Ahmad Bradshaw on the roster, but Wilson should expect to get some of the carries to let Bradshaw rest.
Wilson had a solid year at Virginia Tech a year ago, getting 290 carriers and rushing for 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns. Even though Wilson only stands in at 5’9 and weighs 206 pounds, in comparison to Jacobs’ 260, the Giants will still look to find ways to incorporate Wilson into the offense.
With pick number 137, former Tennessee Volunteer defensive lineman Malik Jackson was selected by the Denver Broncos. This makes another Tennessee Vol addition to the Bronco locker room as Denver signed quarterback Peyton Manning during the offseason.
Jackson, who is 6’4 and weighs 284 pounds, will be expected to help contribute as a 3-4 defensive end. The Broncos defense still was not at the level that head coach John Fox wanted, despite the team drafting Von Miller with the second-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Jackson comes in to help a run defense that was ranked 22 in the league and allowed an average of 126.3 yards per game.
Jackson was one of the bright spots in the Tennessee Volunteers 2011 season. Jackson brought in a total of 56 tackles and three sacks during his last season with the Vols.
Last season, ETSU men’s basketball coach Murry Bartow added junior-college transfer to his team for the 2011-12 season. Bartow just added another one for 2012-13.
Hunter Harris, who played for Volunteer State in Nashville and averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds according to ETSUBucs.com, transfers to ETSU at a time when the Bucs hope to replace Isiah Brown.
Prior to Harris’ move, ETSU’s roster for the 2012-13 season did not have much experience at forward. With the exception of will-be senior Lukas Poderis, the Bucs would only have two other forwards on the team, both sophomores. Harris’ presence now gives the squad another veteran for depth.
Not often do sports fans read the headline about their favorite college football team cancelling their spring football game. A storm passing through Blacksburg resulted in Tech’s decision to call off the game.
Even though the spring game’s cancellation disappointed fans, the Hokies’ recruiting class should still excite them for the upcoming season.
Virginia Tech made it a priority to target defense this year as they signed five linebackers this year, three of which are four-star recruits according to rivals.com. On the other side of the ball, Tech boosted their running backs by signing three. These additions come at a time when Tech has three starters returning on offense.
Fans who had hoped to see the 2012 squad will have to wait until Sept. 3 as the Hokies host the Georiga Tech Yellow Jackets.
University of Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri received his new position a few months ago. A week ago, he also received the responsibility of coaching the Orange team, which held the first-team defense and the second-team offense. Who would have realized that Sunseri would have found success so soon as his Orange squad beat offensive coordinator Jim Chaney’s White squad 17-14?
Sunseri replaced Justin Wilcox who signed with the Washington Huskies to be their defensive coordinator. The departure brought questions about Tennessee’s defense for the upcoming season. A 17-14 score for the Orange/White game answered a few of those questions.
Orange’s defense held the first-team offense to 240 total yards. White’s offense founds some success in the run game, gaining 80 net yards rushing. This statistic seems to be more of a testament to Orange’s defense as the math says that White only managed to get 160 in passing yards.
The spring game gives players the opportunity to showcase their improvement, but the entire 2012 does not get the opportunity to play as some of the freshmen have not arrived yet. Only August and September will reveal glimpses of what to expect in 2012.