Friday, September 01, 2006
Vol Fans - The Friday Skinny
Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville (capacity 104,079)
Surface: Tifway Bermuda grassed mowed at ¾ inch height which drains 12 inches an hour thanks partially to a 16 inch crown in the center of the field.
Time: 5:30 P.M.
VolWalk: The Vols will make their way to the stadium at 3:15 P.M. from the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex
Pride of the Southland procession: The band makes their way to the stadium at 3:20 P.M.
Vol Network's Kickoff call-in show: Starts outside of gate 21 at 4:00 P.M.
Tennessee legends of the game: The Vols will honor Marcus Nash and Lee North.
Television: The game will be shown on ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Bonnie Bernstein (sidelines).
Radio: Vol Network in Knoxville, WIVK 107.7 FM, with Bob Kesling, play-by-play; Tim Priest, color analyst; Jeff Francis, sideline reporter.
Last time out: Tennessee beat Kentucky 27-8 to finish the 2005 season; Cal beat BYU 35-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Last meeting: Tennessee beat Cal in 1987, 38-12.
The coaches:Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee 1972) At Tennessee: 128-37 (.776/15th year); Jeff Tedford (Fresno State 1983) Overall: 33-17 (.660/4th year) At California: 33-17 (.660/4th year).
Injuries: Tennessee: Jared Hostetter–knee, out; Jakouri Williams-ankle, out; Jerod Mayo-ankle, will start, but is limited. California: Tony Dixon-knee, out.
Oh, it's on now... :)
Marcus Nash - Nash caught 177 passes for 2,447 yards - both totals that rank second in school history - and 20 touchdowns in his career at UT. Nash also authored the greatest single season ever for a Vols' wide receiver during the 1997 campaign, hauling in 76 receptions for 1,170 yards and 13 touchdowns- all of which still stand as single season records for UT and helped Nash earn All-SEC honors.
Lee North - North is one of only three former Vols to earn consecutive All-SEC honors at center, and no UT centers have accomplished the feat since North earned his second award in 1981.
By the way, I have Ohio State #1 on my IRA-CF ballot, Patrick. It's a rare showing of love for any of the Big 10 (11?) teams.
And we'll see if my Buckeyes are for real next week in Texas.