Tennessee Football: Rocky Top Round Up Message Board 7/22

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2008

The countdown to football time in Tennessee has been taken up a notch as College Football Live returned yesterday!  Labor Day weekend cannot get here fast enough.

I got the idea for this week's topic after reading Will's article about top SEC wide receivers.

For years, Tennessee has been known as "Wide Receiver U," as many great wideouts have come through Rocky Top and made lasting impressions. 

These include players like Anthony Hancock, Anthony Miller, Carl Pickens, Tim McGee, Joey Kent, Peerless Price, Larry Sievers, and many more.

So the topic for this week is: What do you think of this season's Tennessee Volunteers Wide Receivers?

Last year, the Vols had to replace all three starters in 2006—Robert Meachem, Jason Swain, and Bret Smith.

Lucas Taylor, Austin Rogers, and Josh Briscoe didn't miss a beat, combining for 2,181 yards and 15 touchdowns after many questioned their abilities before the season.

Now, with those three leading the way, sophomores Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore, redshirt freshman Ahmad Paige, and junior Quintin Hancock will see plenty of playing time as well. 

New offensive coordinator Dave Clawson is looking for five to six wideouts to see much of the field this season.

I think this group of wide receivers at Tennessee will be a very good crop.  You have plenty of experience and a solid mix of young talent as well.

One thing I want to see, however, is one of them emerge as a playmaker.  Of all the yards the receivers gained last season, the longest was a 51-yard TD catch by Taylor.

I do believe that Jonathan Crompton will not shy away from throwing the long ball this year.

So that is my opinion—I want to know what you think.  Leave a comment or write your own article.