Adversity comes in many different packages. The Ducks delivered several Saturday night and they came in several different sizes. A late first half touchdown tied a game seemingly going UT's way. That is until the Orange gave it a second thought. The reaction from Senior Nick Reveiz was, "crap!" As if to say we let them off the hook. And indeed it proved to be a back breaker as an energized Oregon offense increased it's tempo and as Reveiz put it, "they really beat our butts, it's embarrassing, but is no excuse."
The lack of execution and deflating play in the second half really affected Reveiz, who better than most, understands the gift of being able to play after watching a knee injury take that gift away from him last season. That is why you can look to #56 to make sure he and his teammates continue to give 110% each series ,d each down of every game!
One of UT's Game Maxims is to win special teams play, well another of those package deliveries came in the form of UT Ducking out of the way of an Oregon punt return for a touchdown. Coach Dooley referred to his teams breakdown on the play as "ridiculous."
Disappointed in his team's reaction to adversity, once down a couple scores, the coach accused his team of scoreboard watching instead of worrying about "the joy of competition." Well, in recent years, there hasn't been much joy of late either in terms the competition or on the scoreboard, so you can't really blame the players for getting a little down on themselves, but that's a big part of the culture which needs to change if the Vols are to get back on top of 'ol Rocky Top!