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2008 Tennessee Volunteers Football Preview

2008 Tennessee Volunteers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Tennessee Volunteers football preview as well as the 2008 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule. We also offer a free odds comparison service of lines and totals on the NCAA football odds page.

Coach: Phillip Fulmer (17th year at Tennessee)
Team Name: Volunteers
2007 Overall Record: 10-4
Returning Starters: 14

The Tennessee Volunteers (10-4 overall, 6-2 SEC) finished first in the East. They lost to LSU 14-21 and so too lost the SEC title. Like many SEC clubs, the Vols garnered a post-season invite, going to the Outback Bowl. They played Wisconsin beating them 21-17.

Junior QB Jonathan Crompton (12 ATT, 7 COMP, 92 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT), who brings little experience to the field, possesses a big and sturdy frame. Add to that a powerful and accurate arm and fine mobility and you have the makings of a great college signal caller. He’s also got some fine receivers, including senior Lucas Taylor (73 REC, 1,000 YDS, 12 TDs), who can break the big one. With a returning offensive line and senior TB Arian Foster (245 CAR, 1,193 YDS, 5 TDs) ready to once again burn up the turf, this team looks like it’ll put points on the board.

The Vols offer a fine defense. The frontline can hit and penetrate. Tackle Demonte’ Bolden, a senior, could be All-SEC this season. The linebackers may not be big, but they hit hard and often. Junior WLB Rico McCoy returns as the team’s lead tackler with 106 overall and 79 solo bring downs. The deep secondary features Eric Berry (5 INT, 222 YDS), a sophomore pick-off specialist.

Tennessee travels to California for their season opener against a tough UCLA team. Last season in that state against the California Golden Bears the Vols lost 45-31. This game and their meeting two weeks later with the SEC’s Florida are toss-up contests. Auburn looks to be a loss and the Georgia game can go either way.

The Volunteers will put 15 of 22 starters from last season on the field in 2008. That’s the good news. However, the team faces a very tough early season schedule, putting them at a decided disadvantage. New offensive coordinator Dave Clawson brings a new system, quite complex, to spring practices. There are major adjustments for this club and major challenges. There’s also a lot of talent on-hand. The result of the combination of all of these elements could spell a middle of the road finish.

Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Sep 1
UCLA
Away
Sep 13
UAB
Home
Sep 20
Florida
Home
Sep 27
Auburn
Away
Oct 4
Northern Illinois
Home
Oct 11
Georgia
Away
Oct 18
Mississippi State
Home
Oct 25
Alabama
Home
Nov 1
South Carolina
Away
Nov 8
Wyoming
Home
Nov 22
Vanderbilt
Away
Nov 29
Kentucky
Home

 

For more info on the 2008 Tennessee Volunteers football program, view the Volunteers official website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the SEC competition.

 

2008 SEC Football Team Previews

All of the South Eastern Conference teams from the East and West divisions can be found to the right of this text. By clicking on the team of your choice you will be given our individual team preview for the SEC club. For non SEC teams visit our college football preview page.

As usual the SEC is loaded. A conference that features 3 legitimate national title contendors, is also filled with a slew of teams shooting for New Years day bowl bids. Who are those teams, read our South Eastern Conference Season Preview to find out.

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