Sept. 14, 2009
BY DREW EDWARDS
In the first two weeks of the football season, Tennessee has been on both sides of the 24-hour rule.
After a lopsided victory over Western Kentucky in the season opener, the Vols were given a day to enjoy the win and come back ready to prepare for UCLA.
After Saturday's loss to the Bruins, the Vols were given a day to agonize over what might have been and come back ready to prepare for Saturday's visit to No. 1 Florida.
The irony isn't lost on linebacker Nick Reveiz.
"It's funny with Western Kentucky, we were saying that 24-hour rule and we had to get over the win and prepare for UCLA," Reveiz said. "That was a little bit easier."
Regardless, Reveiz is ready to move on. Even if that 19-15 defeat against UCLA was tough to stomach over the weekend.
"Now we have a loss, and not just a loss, but a really tough loss, a heartbreaker," he said. "That's something we've just got to push through. As of right now, I've forgotten about UCLA. It's in the past. I can't do anything about it. The only thing I can do about it is get better from the loss."
Freshman tailback David Oku, who returned three kickoffs against the Bruins but did not have a carry, sees the Vols moving in the right direction.
And despite their struggles on offense last week, he has faith in Jonathan Crompton as the Vols' starting quarterback.
"I think Jonathan is still a good quarterback," Oku said. "We all make mistakes. It wasn't just Jonathan. There's a lot of areas we need to improve in.
"Games are not always going to go the way you plan them to. That's why you come to practice. That's why do more film study. It's just about us as players. We have to find that edge. Coaches can coach to us for so long, but they can't step out on that field on a Saturday and do it for us. It's just about us and what we do."
What the Vols are doing now is moving forward, Oku says.
"You got to move on," he said. "We've got a tough opponent this week. It's time to move on. You had Saturday and Sunday to dwell on it and be upset about it.
"It's gone now. It's something you can't change. You have to move forward, and that's what we're doing right now."