Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Phil Fulmer gives the thumbs up to Derek Dooley .

There are a number of Vols fans out there who like to play the "Miss me yet?" card when it comes to comparing former Tennessee head football coach Phil Fulmer to current HC Derek Dooley. (Hi, Losers With Socks). The Great Pumpkin apparently wants to have nothing to do with such treatment of His Hairness, as he spoke in front of the Knoxville Quarterback Club Monday evening.

 "I'm standing here as a fired football coach and I have to figure out a way not to put Derek Dooley in any kind of a bind and answer your questions,'' said Fulmer, a first-ballot selection into the College Football Hall of Fame in May. "I see those cameras back there, and I don't want to end up on (ESPN) SportsCenter.''

Fulmer went on to give his approval of the direction Tennessee is going in 2012.

"I'm glad to see where we've come, and the attitude that's prevailing now; everyone is excited about Tennessee football again,'' Fulmer said. "It's been a fun team to watch, it looks like there is progress on both sides of the football.

"There's a lot of reason for optimism for what we're doing,'' he said. "I think they (Florida) are vulnerable. I think it's a good time for us. The stadium will be packed, and the frenzy will be back.
"Now we have to handle that in the right way.''

Fulmer also commented on Tennessee star quarterback Tyler Bray, saying "It seems (Tyler) Bray has matured in how he's handling himself on the field and in the offense.'' And of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Fulmer said "I don't know that we had one that was any better than what he has been in two ball games,'' Fulmer said.

Fulmer is certainly saying all the right things when it comes to defusing any conflicts between himself and Derek Dooley, especially as the Vols have seemingly recovered from last season's meltdown and are poised to be a dark horse in the SEC East.

(via The Knoxville News Sentinel)