Sep 28, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Brian Randolph (37) is congratulated by team mates after he intercepted a South Alabama Jaguars pass during the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 31 to 24. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Can Vols Secondary Stop Aaron Murray & More News

From Bleacher Report

A season after fielding the worst defense in school history, Tennessee is tied for the national lead with 11 interceptions and is third with 15 forced turnovers. Coach Butch Jones said his team also leads the SEC in points off turnovers.

The Vols are doing a lot of positive things.

But that doesn’t change the fact that Aaron Murray and Georgia’s prolific offense may be a young defense’s worst nightmare.

Murray is poised to shatter SEC passing records and is playing his best football.

UGA is averaging 41.3 points per game, and Murray is a big reason why. As a fifth-year senior, he is a seasoned veteran of big games. He is the nation’s best play-action quarterback and can move even the best defenses with his eyes.


From The Daily News Journal

Snap and clear.

Brick by brick.

Positive Monday.

Gray uniforms.

Their heads are so filled with clever slogans and clothing gimmicks that it’s a wonder the Tennessee Vols can find their way out of the tunnel onto Neyland Stadium.

Like their coaches, who seem to equate talk with achievement, Tennessee players emerge from daily practices spewing quotes which an army of public relations propagandists dutifully report as fact.



After spending several years working alongside Mark Richt at Georgia, Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek and secondary coach

now are trying to beat their former boss.

Jancek and Martinez downplay the notion that their personal connections to Georgia give them added incentive to beat the sixth-ranked Bulldogs.

Jancek spent five seasons at Georgia and Martinez was there for nine years before both were fired in December 2009.

This isn’t a new situation for Martinez, who faced Georgia last year as Auburn’s secondary coach. But it is something different for Jancek, who hasn’t coached against the Bulldogs since leaving Georgia’s staff.


From Fox Sports

The sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs will try to build upon their outstanding win last weekend and remain undefeated in SEC play when they travel to Knoxville to tangle with the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia endured one of the most difficult first months of any team in the nation, and it emerged from it with a 3-1 record. After losing at Clemson on opening night, 38-35, the Bulldogs bounced back with wins over other nationally-ranked foes South Carolina (41-30) and most recently, LSU, 44-41, coming from behind in the final two minutes to pull out the home victory.



The Georgia-Tennessee series may no longer generate quite the excitement of a few years back — UGA says it returned unsold about a thousand of its 8,500 ticket allotment for Saturday’s game against the Vols — but noisy Neyland Stadium is still an intimidating place to play.

And with UGA fans concerned about a possible letdown after the Bulldogs’ big, emotional win over LSU — and history having shown us that even extremely talented Georgia teams can come a cropper when visiting Knoxville— this is not a week for complacency in the Bulldog Nation.

How do they feel about it up on Rocky Top? For that, as usual, I decided to go to my old Volunteer pal Joey Ledford, who always provides us a reasonable, good-humored Big Orange viewpoint. Take it away, Joe …



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