Johnny on the spot

Halftime of Saturday's Tennessee-Florida football game was a moving experience -- literally -- for Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis. He left his usual perch in the press box coaching booth and spent the entire second half on the UT sidelines.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer said Chavis came downstairs to "challenge his guys," but the coordinator offered another explanation. After seeing Tennessee surrender 24 points in the final 4:55 of the first half, he feared a disaster was in the making.

"I've been around situations where things come unraveled," he explained, "and I wanted to make sure I was able to look our guys in the eye in the second half every time they came off that field.

"I think they responded. We gave up some plays the second half we shouldn't have but I think we played with great effort. I don't think anybody threw the towel in."

The move may have been a reaction to the 1995 game in Gainesville, when Vol defenders appeared to quit in the midst of a stretch which saw the Gators score touchdowns on seven consecutive possessions en route to a 62-37 romp.

Don't blame overconfidence

Looking for an easy answer, many fans are saying the Vols were overconfident heading into Saturday's 30-13 loss to Florida. UT defensive end Karlton Neal says that's ridiculous.

"Every team has their confidence," he said. "Florida has their confidence, Miami has their confidence. You've got to have that in order to face another team that has good football players."

Vols win ground game, lose war

Tennessee outgained Florida 99 yards to 94 in Saturday's 30-13 upset, bucking a recent trend. The team which gained the most rushing yards had prevailed on the scoreboard in 11 of the previous 12 meetings.

Ran Carthon led Florida with 51 yards on nine carries. Earnest Graham added 42 yards on 15 carries. Troy Fleming (nine for 42) and Jabari Davis (eight for 32) were tops for Tennessee. Cedric Houston, who was averaging 7.8 yards per carry through UT's first two games, suffered a thigh bruise in the opening minutes and carried just one time for five yards.

The Boo point of view

Defensive tackle Rashad "Boo" Moore showed why he is one of the most quotable Vols when a TV reporter asked if he was "satisfied with the pressure" Tennessee applied to Florida quarterback Rex Grossman in Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium.

"You can't be satisfied when you lose 30-13," Moore said. "I don't care if we sacked him 25 times. When you've lost 30-13, you still can't be satisfied."


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