Two interesting intra-league matchups highlight Week 2 of Southeastern Conference play. Alabama…
Vols' 3rd-and-short woes
That was a significant improvement over the 2005 season, when UT converted just 38 percent. But the Vols are still struggling to make good on third-and-short – a problem that has plagued the program for several years. That problem reared its head in the opener against California. UT misfired four times on third-and-2 or less in the first half. Seldom did Tennessee try to run, instead opting for short passes. It backfired. ``In the first half, that was extremely disappointing,'' said Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe. On a third-and-1 late in the first half, Cutcliffe said he picked what he thought was UT's best play, a screen to Arian Foster. An assignment bust resulted in a loss. UT punted and California marched downfield for a touchdown before halftime. ``Our plan going in was to try to move the chains, get it to third-and-4 or 3, or 2 or 1, thinking we could convert 80 percent,'' Cutcliffe said. ``It blew up...
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