Given the number of injuries we have incurred at WR this season, and seeing Evan Berry's running ability, has there been any discussion among the staff of trying to work Berry into the offense in some way? — cherokee04
This is a great question, and one that Butch Jones answered at his Monday press conference. You might not like the answer, but it's an answer.
"Not right now," he said about Berry possibly moving to wide out. "We're going to work Evan Berry in a little bit at safety. He's had a couple of really good weeks of practice, so we'll get him some reps at safety."
Berry no doubt has the best game speed on the team and I would have him running routes, playing safety, returning kicks and giving tours of campus at halftime. But it sounds like if you see him on the field in a more expansive role in these last five games, it will be when the other team has the ball and he's trying to take it away.
In your opinion, what is UT's most difficult remaining game and why? —TeeTime
To me it's Kentucky, but this question is like asking which one of you would win a modeling contest. It would be close for all the wrong reasons and I wouldn't want to see who finished last. The Wildcats have a serviceable quarterback in Patrick Towles who's completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, and Boom Williams has established himself as one of the better running backs in the SEC in Mark Stoops' offense.
UK unequivocally has the second-worst defense of any SEC team remaining on Tennessee's schedule (behind South Carolina), but the offense is able to generate success through the air, which has been tough for the Vols to stop as they rank No. 13 in pass defense in the league, and it will be a Halloween road game in the cold (it's never not cold in Lexington). The Wildcats are the best red zone scoring team in the SEC and, like the Vols, have played in at least six games decided by one possession or less.
But let's be clear here: This game should be a big win for the Vols, and no team on the remaining schedule should scare Tennessee in the slightest. Running the table needs to be discussed and, quite frankly, should happen.
Do you think Quinten Dormady will be given the opportunity to compete as a starter in the spring and fall and, if yes, will he make it a true competition? — drvenner
Dormady will be given the opportunity to compete for the starting job just like every other position on the team, but I don't think you're going to see him overtake Josh Dobbs, especially with the production and leadership you get from Dobbs each week on and off the field. Space Dobbs is the No. 1 rushing quarterback in the SEC right now, He takes care of the football (only two interceptions on the year), makes the offensive line better with his feet and is an integral part of the offense's scheme and success.
Quinten Dormady is extremely talented, but Dobbs is your starter next year barring something insane. At least that's the case to this one idiot with a computer.
Can Dormady still redshirt this year if he doesn't play in any more games? — volheart
Since he already played at least one snap, he can't redshirt. Dormady could be granted a medical redshirt if he participates in fewer than 30 percent of the snaps this season and suffers a season-ending injury, but that doesn't seem likely at the present moment. Since that's only a two-sentence answer, I'll type this sentence to make the answer appear longer, but in reality, it's me simply filling up space to make you think the answer is more in-depth than it actually is.
That's it for this week's Monday Mailbag. If we didn't answer your question this week, it will either be addressed on the VolChat message board or in next week's edition. To send a question to the Monday Mailbag, tweet @CoryGunkel, post it on the InsideTennessee message boards or yell really loudly.