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Did Vols' Crompton silence the doubters?

To answer the headline, hell no.

But, Tennessee’s starting quarterback did, at minimum, somewhat mute his critics with a five-touchdown performance in the dawning of the Lane Kiffin Era in Knoxville.

Is it mitigated by the fact that it came against a Western Kentucky team in its first “official” as a full-fledged member of Div. 1-A football?  Yeah, maybe.  Somewhat.

But, he did what he was supposed to do.  He dominated a lesser opponent at home.

Should he reserve his spot for the fourth seat of the Heisman Trophy ceremony?  Of course not.  Especially when his two picks are thrown in

But, the performance in a 63-7 blowout is something that Crompton, Kiffin, et al can build on.  Especially with The Swamp looming in two weeks.

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Respond to “Did Vols' Crompton silence the doubters?”
  1. cannoli says: Sep 5, 2009 4:05 PM

    28 points in the 4th quarter, that’s sportsmanship for ya, Lane. It’s more proof your an idiot.

  2. bhagan92 says: Sep 5, 2009 5:06 PM

    um cannoli, every one of those points in the fourth quarter were scored by rushing with our second or third team offense. would you the prefer he took a knee three times and punted instead? it would be different if he lined up in a shotgun and passed in the fourth, but it’s not his fault that Tennessee has 3 or four outstanding backs. so yeah, it was sportsmanship, and that’s more proof you’re an idiot.

  3. skinny pigeon says: Sep 5, 2009 5:10 PM

    Congrats, Kiffin. You suck.

  4. cannoli says: Sep 5, 2009 9:25 PM

    bhagan – I didn’t watch the game, but I did look at the box score.
    The first TD was a 6 yard pass from Crompton to Stocker. The second TD was a 5 yard pass from Crompton to Teague.
    So you are wrong about the first team not scoring the TDs and about them all being rushing TDs.
    Lane is an idiot. You are a moron.
    From ESPN:
    TD 14:55 Luke Stocker 6 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 7 42
    TD 13:21 Marsalis Teague 5 Yd Pass From Jonathan Crompton (Daniel Lincoln Kick) 7 49

  5. Great Smoky says: Sep 6, 2009 10:29 AM

    Crompton progressed through his reads properly, was decisive, followed through on his throws with his feet and shoulders correctly positioned, and remained alert and focused. Crompton himself credited coaching and a simpler, more quarterback-friendly offense than the Vols have employed in the past. I couldn’t care less about the opponent right now: I am thrilled to see such an improvement in his mechanics.
    I’m glad to finally have a cutthroat attitude in Knoxville, after a lifetime of watching the Vols pull punches and suffer for it, especially in the polls. Florida puts on virtually the same sort of performance under the same sort of circumstances, and they are lauded for it. Tennessee, however, is criticized, or derided? Far from complaining, that’s music to my ears. I hope Kiffin and the Vols keep pissing off the establishment and the haters for years to come. Even if it doesn’t add up to lots of wins, it is much more entertaining to watch than the milksop football the Big Orange played for years prior.

  6. Facts Domino says: Sep 6, 2009 2:51 PM

    Hopefully Monte can pull out some of that voodoo he used on Vick and use it on Teebitch in a couple of weeks. That game will be much closer than many will think and an upset is not unthinkable.

  7. bhagan92 says: Sep 7, 2009 12:09 AM

    cannoli, yeah my bad about the passing in the fourth. I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but there was so much scoring in that game i lost track later. But after the absolute TRAVESTY that Crompton was last season, Kiffin needs him in as much as possible, and also he’s trying to build up confidence back in a program that hit an awful low last year, to do that you start out with as convincing of a won as you can. BTW this season will be hilarious, because even if Kiffin went undefeated this year (no I’m not saying we will), there will be a legion of people lined up to trash him. And it’d be even better if you’re a Florida fan, because we all know Myers never runs up a score. Bottom line is, Tennessee is now a program along the lines of Florida. We Vols fans will love it to death, while everyone else will hate us with a passion.

  8. cannoli says: Sep 8, 2009 3:11 PM

    hagan- I have no problem whatsoever with the Vols program, just the coach. Since I’m in the Northeast, no ties to any of the schools, and a huge SEC fan, I don’t have the hatred some will have. Yes, I’ve been a Gators fan since high school (90 – 91). But I have always been a Phil Fullmer fan as well. Love the guy, thought he was great for the game. My animosity is not towards UT, but towards Lane Kiffin who is embarrassing himself and the university with all the crud he’s been doing. Since his intro news conference when he said he was already talking to recruits, the guy has been blowing it.
    My problem with the scoring is, what if some Western Kentucky D lineman who was po’d about the score crushed Crompton in the 4th quarter like Bradford got hit this week?
    As for the Gator fan in me, you only beat Western Kentucky. Your not there yet. lol
    Good luck the rest of the season (except on 9/19).

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