Found August 28, 2012 on Fox Sports South:
JAMES CARR @jamescarr89 ATLANTA -- On February 1, 2012, Cordarelle Patterson, a five-star wide receiver from Hutchinson Community College, chose to sign with the Tennessee Vols over Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Florida and Nebraska. At the time, the Vols had Justin Hunter and DaRick Rogers on the roster arguably the top two receivers in the SEC. Rather than shy away from the competition, Patterson went towards to it. Watching those two guys made me want to come here and be with those guys and compete, Patterson told the Times Free Press. Patterson gave the Vols reason for excitement upon signing for the Vols. He was a two-time JUCO All-American and Hutchinson and set 13 school records in the process. His teammates didnt hold back the praise during SEC media days this summer. Quarterback Tyler Bray described Patterson as a mix between Justin and DaRick, adding, Its kinda hard to compete with those guys. Linebacker Herman Lathers said, Ill take them on my team any day. The recent departure of Rogers who was suspended indefinitely by coach Derek Dooley and chose to transfer to Tennessee Tech and Hunter returning from ACL surgery, Pattersons role will be significantly bigger anyone may have thought. That seems to have cooled Dooleys mood. Well Im sure everybody probably has greater expectations on Patterson than I have because my experience has been, when a guy plays in his first college football game not to expect anything beyond something thats typical of a freshman, Dooley said. Theres gonna be a lot of growing pains to kinda ease him into this game. The speed of the game is gonna be different, the tempo, the environment, everythings different and thats gonna show up in game one. So the important thing that we have to do is stay patient, and make sure that he stays calm through all this and hes able to perform to the best of his abilities. Dooley was also concerned about N.C. States veteran secondary picking apart his young offense. What those guys do best is make you pay for any mistakes, whether its a poor route, whether its an inaccurate football, a bobbled ball, whatever it is, theyre gonna make you pay, Dooley said. And theres nothing more important than turnovers in these kind of games. Dooley has a lot to be excited about this season with his offense, so its possible he is simply playing it cool. He mentioned learning a lot from last season when the Volunteers spanked the Cincinnati Bearcats in what could have been the starting point to a great season. Instead, Tennessee limped to the finish line. This season, Dooley doesnt want to make the same mistakes again. He has improved the depth of his team Patterson being the prime example so his season cant be derailed by personnel issues. Now, he finally has a chance to make some noise this season with his high powered offense, but we and perhaps Dooley as well will all find out what that offense is capable of when they begin the season in the Georgia Dome on Friday.

Da'Rick Rogers admits to failing drug tests at Tennessee.

Tennessee Tech wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers came clean about the events that led to his departure from the Tennessee Volunteers. Not surprisingly, they were drug related. “There were a couple of drugs tests,” said Rogers, a 6-foot-2, 206-pound junior from Calhoun, Ga. “It wasn’t anything too crazy. It was about me being a young, immature guy, and those are...

University of Tennessee Athletic Department is deep in the red

According to documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests by The Sports Animal, the University of Tennessee athletic department operated its most recent fiscal year at a deficit of $4 million.  UT generated $106,485,376 in revenue, versus $110,466,652 in expenses.  Further cause for concern is the fact that the deficit has depleted the athletic department’s reserve [...]

Volunteers, wideout Rogers part ways

Forget about the possibility of suspended wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers playing for Tennessee this season. Amid reports that Rogers had transferred to Tennessee Tech, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley indicated Monday that the star receiver was no longer part of the Volunteers' roster. Dooley says Rogers ''is not a part of our team, as expected.'' Tennessee Tech...

Rogers no longer a part of Tennessee's team

Forget about the possibility of suspended wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers playing for Tennessee this season. Amid reports that Rogers had transferred to Tennessee Tech, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley indicated Monday that the star receiver was no longer part of the Volunteers' roster. Dooley says Rogers ''is not a part of our team, as expected.'' Tennessee Tech...

78 Hours Until Football Time in Tennessee

78 hours. That’s the amount of time that separates us (this column) from “Football Time in Tennessee.” 78 hours until your doubts, fears, hopes, or expectations either manifest or subside. 78 hours until a day of reckoning of sorts for Derek Dooley. He’s been provided with the rope, so now he has 78 hours to decide whether or not he’s going to climb his way out or hang...

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SEC Football: Da’Rick Rogers to Remain in Tennessee?

File this one under: interesting, but most Georgia fans aren’t likely to give two flips, but, Da’Rick Rogers is reportedly going to remain in the Volunteer State…he just won’t be playing for the Volunteers. According to multiple in-state sources, the All-SEC wide receiver plans to transfer to Tennessee Tech after reportedly meeting with Golden Eagle coaches on Sunday...

Tennessee posts $3.98M deficit

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ACC Capsules: Clemson, N.C. State face tests

Aug. 31 N.C. State vs. Tennessee Where: Atlanta, Georgia Dome (71,989) When: 7:30 p.m. The blitz: One of the nations top secondaries will go up against one of the SECs top QBs in Tennessees Tyler Bray. State has the advantage, especially with UTs DaRick Rogers, who is maybe the best WR in the SEC, suspended. The Wolfpack may be better with the ball, too, as QB Mike Glennon has...
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