Five things Vols must do to win

What are the five things necessary for Tennessee to pull out a victory over Georgia in Athens this weekend? Go "Inside" to get Dave Hooker's five keys to the Vols game against the Bulldogs.

Chances are you don't know anybody that was even alive the last time Tennessee and Georgia had losing records coming into their annual fall contest.

For the record, it was 1906.

And while both teams are technically "losers," there is reason to believe the two programs could be heading in different directions. Georgia has lost at Mississippi State and Colorado, prompting some fans to call for Head Coach Mark Richt's job.

As for UT, aside from one play the Vols would have beaten a top 10 team on the road last week and have played Oregon and Florida strong for a half.

Saturday's game in Athens should give strong indications which direction both teams are heading now. Here are five things the Vols need to do to notch their first road victory of the season.

Forget the Past – Let the LSU game be a motivator in practice. Remember constantly that details are indeed important, but don't dwell on the devastating loss – and don't try to do too much in hopes of burying it.

Relive the Glory Days – UT tailback Tauren Poole once ran roughshod through high school defenses just a short drive from Georgia's campus. It's time he did so again.

The junior topped the 100-yard mark against LSU's stacked defense. There's no reason to believe he can't do it again, especially since he's never been more motivated in his life. Feed him the ball. Rajion Neal and David Oku can wait.

Spread the Ball Around – UT now has a possession receiver in Gerald Jones, a proven tight end in Luke Stocker and a pair of deep threats in Justin Hunter and Denarius Moore. Alone, not one of those players are All-Americans, but together they can be tough to defend. Don't be predictable – and take some shots downfield.

(Slightly) Alter the Defense – The Vols' defense has become a team that doesn't blitz very often. And while I'm not one to say 'Send 11!!!", it is time to add a little more pressure, especially with a freshman quarterback taking snaps.

Load The Box – This ties in with No. 4. Make Aaron Murray beat you. Don't let Georgia tailbacks Caleb King or Washaun Ealey win the day. Load the tackle box and, perhaps more importantly, tackle.


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