Notebook: Sack-Fumble Good, More Recoveries Better

Sept. 12, 2009


From defensive line coach Ed Orgeron's perspective, one play is better than any other on the football field.

It's the coveted sack-fumble, where a defensive lineman not only drops the quarterback in the backfield but knocks the ball loose in the process.

Defensive end Willie Bohannon recorded the Vols' first sack-fumble of the year, and fellow end Gerald Williams pounced on the ball at the UCLA 11-yard line.

"We practice it so much and drilled it so much, it was just a habit to get my hand up," Bohannon said. "And it just so happened the ball was there."

That play led to Tennessee's only touchdown in a 19-15 loss to UCLA on Saturday in Neyland Stadium.

But five other UCLA fumbles didn't lead to any more turnovers, something linebacker Nick Reveiz lamented afterwards.

"I think we missed a lot of opportunities as a defense," he said. "Balls were on the ground, and we didn't get on top of it. I think we can play better. There's a lot of things we didn't do right. We can play a lot better, me included."

Bohannon said the forced fumbles were an improvement over last week, when the Vols caused just one in a 63-7 win over Western Kentucky. The Vols forced three of UCLA's six fumbles, but they corralled only one.

"We got to get those fumbles we caused," Bohannon said. "It just happened to roll their way, but you don't want to make excuses."

UCLA's final fumble came in the waning minutes when tailback Jonathan Franklin lost control of the ball near the Bruins' goal line. An official review ruled the play a fumble, although broadcast replays appeared to show defensive end Chris Walker getting to the ball.

From Reveiz's angle, Franklin successfully regained control of the ball.



"I jumped in there late," he said. "I saw the UCLA running back get the ball back, so they made the right call. We got beat today, and that's all there is to it."

Price Tough:As expected, UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price caused problems up front for the Vols.

Price, considered by many to be one of the top prospects at his position in next year's NFL draft, had five tackles. Four of those went for a loss, including two of the Bruins' three sacks.

"He's a good player," UT center Cody Sullins said of Price. "I'm sure he'll have a future in the NFL. He's a really good player, a really good technician. He knows how to play football, but we should have handled him better than we did."

`Legendary' Vol Walk: Former Vols running back and head coach Johnny Majors got a rousing ovation as he made his way down Peyton Manning Pass during the Vol Walk.

And Eric Berry had some pretty good company, too.

Walking close to the front, Berry's father, former UT running back James Berry, accompanied his son during the Vol Walk as well.

Both Majors and James Berry were honored shortly before kickoff as UT's "Legends of the Game."

Jackson Makes First Start: True freshman defensive back Janzen Jackson made his first career start Saturday.

"It looked like he played well, but it looked like he got tired, too," UT coach Lane Kiffin said. "He's covering kickoffs for us, our best kickoff coverage guy. He's the first one down on kickoffs, blowing up the wedge and then he's also playing snaps on defense."

Dennis Rogan, who started at free safety last week, started at cornerback in place of Marsalous Johnson, who missed the game due to injury.

Brown Injured: Defensive tackle Wes Brown aggravated a knee injury just before half time and did not return.

"Wes was going to try to come back in, and he just couldn't do it," Kiffin said. "It's a knee, and I don't anything more beyond that."

Specialty: Kicker Daniel Lincoln was 2-for-2 on field goal tries Saturday after kicking only extra points against Western Kentucky. Punter Chad Cunnigham, who did not punt last week, had three against UCLA for a career-high 49.7-yard average.

Odds and Ends: True freshman Zach Rogers recorded his first career reception, a 6-yarder in the first quarter. ... Center Josh McNeil (knee) dressed for Saturday's game but did not play. Receiver Gerald Jones (ankle) played significant snaps but finished without a catch in his first action of the season.



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