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Endowment rewards band director leadership Chris Bratta Staff Writer
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A bass drummer takes the field during the pregame show before the Tennessee-Florida game Saturday, Sept. 18. A new endowment was made to create the WJ Julian Professor of Bands, which honors the legendary director who brought the “Circle Drill,” “Rocky Top” and the “Running Through the T” to the Pride of the Southland Band.
UT students and fans have come to know and love the “Circle Drill,” the “PowerT,” the “Running Through the T,” and of course, “Rocky Top,” and now a new professorship has been named in honor of the man who started these traditions. From 1961 to 1993, W.J. Julian served as the director of UT’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band and introduced all of these performances. H. Lee Martin and his wife, Carla Martin, recently established an endowment in honor of Julian. The Martins, along with nearly 150 other alumni and band supporters, created this endowment to reward leadership and to maintain a certain degree of excellency within the band and university. Martin came to UT in 1974, where he played trombone in the marching band directed by Julian. After four years in the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, Martin obtained his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering in 1978. He then obtained a master’s degree from Purdue University and came back to UT, earning a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1986. “We learned a new routine every week,” he said. “After we got through the whole routine for the first time, it was probably Thursday morning — for a Saturday game, we were feeling pretty pleased with ourselves. It was hot, and we were tired. Dr. Julian gathered us around and said, ‘Do not be satisfied with mediocrity,’ and he made us run it again. That quote has echoed with me for nearly 40 years — a message that needs to spread like wildfire across the campus and across disciplines.” Julian has been the president of every major state and
national band organization, and he was recently named as an honorary lifetime member of the American Band Association. “I am absolutely elated to have this endowment named after me,” Julian said. “It is such an honor, and I am especially thrilled because it is going to Gary Sousa, whom I think is especially qualified for this award. This is a great honor for me, because it says something about the Pride and helps to insure that the selection of the band director will be someone with exceedingly high standards.” Sousa, the recipient of the endowment, has been the band director for 14 years and continues to carry on many traditions. Julian has put in place while making traditions of his own. Living in Knoxville, the Pride of the Southland Marching Band has some support, but Sousa said the band still needs its alumni to help out. “Because of financial shortfalls and a growing trend in music schools across the country to reduce and eliminate their marching bands, many of the great band programs are being lost,” Sousa said. “This can even be seen in the last few years in the SEC. Our alumni wanted to make sure that this did not happen at Tennessee.” Martin said the professorship will help keep UT’s band one of the best in the country. “This professorship will be given to the director of the band each year to encourage further quality and satisfaction which is a result of the top tier leadership,” he said. “This endowment will attract future top-quality directors by offering a salary and benefits package that is unmatched by any other school.” This endowment is extremely rare throughout the university, and it is the first of its kind in regards to the marching band.
SGA advocates positive change for students Blair Kuykendall Copy Editor The SGA convened Tuesday evening to discuss several new bills, which aim to improve UT students’ overall campus experience. Business of the meeting was centered on guaranteeing student representation in the administration’s decision-making processes. Administrative officials are currently in the process of making several key determinations, which will impact students for years to come. Carey Smith, appointee to the UT Board of Trustees by Gov. Phil Bredesen, opened the meeting with concerns about UT’s future president. Her appointed role necessitates involvement with the UT presidential search, and she will be representing UT’s student body in certain stages of the interview process for the university’s next president. Smith was present at the meeting to request
the senators’ input on concerns she might address to presidential candidates during the interview process. “If you have questions for the next leader of your university system, I would love to hear those,” Smith said to the senate. This measure will provide the student body with at least a limited role in the selection of the next president. “I think giving Carey Smith our feedback is an important role for the SGA senators, mainly to be sure that the voice of our constituency is heard in the process,” Amanda Muirhead, representative from Morrill Hall, said. The presidential search will reach its height in October, as official interviews begin on Oct. 12. Voting by the full board of trustees is scheduled to take place Oct. 22. Besides the presidential search, the SGA also discussed the construction of new student recreation fields. Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
recently joined students for the groundbreaking of the project, which has been sought after and anticipated for around a decade. Since about 10,000 students participate in UT’s intramural and club sports, the project is seen as a much-needed addition to campus life. The new fields will be located on the site that previously contained the Sutherland and Golf Range apartment complexes, which have been decommissioned because of deterioration and lack of demand for married student housing. Tommy Jervis, president of SGA, requested input from the senators on how best to design the new recreational complex. “Please send me your recommendations, so that I can be sure students’ comments are a part of the development process,” he said. The senate also conducted a formal presentation and discussion of both a proposed reso-
lution and bill. Courtney Sharp, SGA press secretary, proposed a resolution extending the no-ticketing period for parking violations until students’ excess financial aid has been distributed. “Right now there is not an earlier date set for excess financial aid distribution,” Sharp said, “and some students really rely on that money.” She also proposed the implementation of better bathroom hygiene measures in Hodges library, namely installing toilet seat cover distributers in the second floor bathrooms. “Many students have said that during finals the bathrooms in Hodges are just foul,” Sharp said. “This would also make the maintenance staff job much easier.” Some senators were concerned about the impact of this measure on UT’s sustainability initiatives, but the bill will be voted on next week, along with the parking resolution.
Sleep-out to promote conciousness of homelessness homelessness, and making sure to make all who come out aware of the rising issue,” Jaesun Staff Writer Campbell, Phi Beta Sigma president, said. The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are estimating Students at UT are invited to 300 people will join in throughout the night, to parstep into the lives of the homeless ticipate in the activities and give to the cause. Each tonight with the brothers of the year donations have increased, and this year’s event Kappa Chi chapter of the Phi Beta is projected to attract the biggest crowd yet. Sigma fraternity. Logan Thress, junior in arts and sciences, is planThe brothers of Phi Beta Sigma ning to attend the event. will be sleeping outside to raise “I have never attended the Sleep-out for the money and increase awareness of Homeless, but I have recently learned all that the trials faced by those who sleep KARM does for our community and have heard the every night with no shelter. passion behind the event, so I have decided to The event marks the third annuattend this year’s sleep-out,” Thress said. “I think to al Sleep-out for the Homeless by the be in a position to help the homeless, it is important brothers of Phi Beta Sigma. The to understand what living as one entails. That is program has gained the title of a why I love the idea behind what the Phi Beta Sigma Chancellor’s Citation award-winfraternity is doing. They seem to truly care about ning program in its past efforts to • File Photo the community, and I am touched that my fellow reach out in service to the community and raise money for the home- Students enjoy food provided as part of the Sleep-Out for the Homeless event, classmates are going to such great lengths for someless of Knoxville. hosted by the brothers of the Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, held thing they care so deeply about.” The brothers of the Kappa Chi Chapter at UT are The event will consist of live in the Humanities Amphitheatre on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009. The event aims to colhoping that, like Thress, many will be touched by entertainment, food, games and lect donations from students to be donated to Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. the story and choose to stand behind the cause of most importantly, the collection of This year’s event will be held in the Humanities Amphitheatre today. the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries and live the donations. Donations include anyMinistries. life of one who is homeless for a night. thing from money to nonperishable food items, hygiene “We will be collecting donated items and money The sleep-out will be held from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the products and clothes. All donations received at the event throughout the night but never forgetting the main issue, Humanities Amphiteatre. will go directly into the hands of Knoxville Area Rescue
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
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A student prepares to take a photo of the UT Gardens at dawn on the final Photo Walk of the year on Friday, Sept. 17. The walks allowed students to get compelling photos of the garden under the soft light of the sunrise. The Office of Research and the Academic Outreach and Engagement Council continue to work together to support this form of outreach. Its work embraces all three parts of UT’s VOL Vision 2015 strategic plan: value creation through economic, social and environmental development; original ideas through discovery, inquiry, innovation, scholarship and research; and leadership through the preparation of capable and ethical leaders of the future.
New grant to offer funding UT’s Office of Research and the Academic Outreach and Engagement Council recently announced a new incentive grant program to fund campus outreach projects. As part of the campus’ commitment to community engagement and the scholarship of academic outreach, the two units have issued a call for proposals that may include projects, partnerships or programs that promote outreach and engagement in research, scholarship or creative activity, in teaching or in service. For more information, including submission guidelines, visit the Academic Outreach and Engagement Council website at http://web.utk.edu/~aoec/. UT, along with an increasing number of its peer institutions, continues to articulate a stronger intellectual foundation for outreach and engagement. Outreach has always been a fundamental part of the mission of American higher education; however, much of academia now sees community engagement as a form of scholarship that cuts across the traditional divisions between teaching, research and service. In this way, academic engagement need not compete with or come at the expense of any other central function of the university. In essence, academic engagement supports public scholarship and community partnerships that are truly reciprocal, meaning they provide benefits both to the university and to the larger community that surrounds and includes it.
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Children’s poet to speak at UT Jack Prelutsky, the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate, will speak at UT on Oct. 6. The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. It is being sponsored by UT’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, the Knox County Public Library and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. The KSO is responsible for bringing Prelutsky to Knoxville, where he will perform with the orchestra in the Family Concert Series at the Tennessee Theatre at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. A book signing will follow the Oct. 6 lecture. Carpe Librum will be selling books on site. Parking will be available in Staff Lot 9, across the street from Alumni Memorial. Prelutsky, who also has worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer and cab driver, became a poet almost by chance. As a youngster, he took piano and voice lessons and appeared in school shows. His dislike of poetry was heightened when he was ambushed by several boys after he wrote a poem that was published in his junior high school yearbook. In 1967, Prelutsky wrote his first book of humorous verse, “A Gopher in the Garden.” Since then, he has published more than 70 books of poetry, including “The New Kid on the Block,” “Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!,” “The Dragons are Singing Tonight,” “Awful Ogre’s Awful Day,” “Scranimals,” “The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders,” “If Not for the Cat,” “What a Day It Was at School!” and “Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant.” In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Prelutsky as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate. He served in that capacity for two years. Prelutsky is known for his appearance in the popular TV Series “Arthur” in the episode “I’m a Poet.” He and his wife, Carolynn, live in Washington state, where, in his spare time, Prelutsky likes to take photographs, make sculptures and add to his growing collection of miniature frogs.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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‘Devil’ fails to connect audience to characters
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Will Abrams Staff Writer When M. Night Shyamalan first came out with “The Sixth Sense” in 1999, many film enthusiasts were ready to hail him as the next master of horror. Eleven years and a handful of bad films later, the Indian filmmaker has reached a point where he seriously needs to step up his game. For his latest film, “Devil,” Shyamalan takes a break from the director’s chair to focus on writing. Instead,
John Erick Dowdle (“Quarantine”) is at the helm of the supernatural thriller. On an ordinary day, five people walk into an elevator in a Philadelphia high-rise. The problem is that one of them is actually the devil, and he is coming to bring a little hell on Earth. After the elevator gets stuck 20 floors up, Detective Bowden (Chris Messina) has to find out which one the devil is before everyone meets a bloody end. When dealing with vague supernatural storylines, it can be beneficial for the audience to know at least some-
thing about the forces at work. In this film’s case, the seemingly omniscient narrator role is taken by one of the building ’s security guards (Jacob Vargas), whose mother must tell the creepiest bedtime stories. Despite its usefulness in advancing the story from time to time, it can get a little annoying but be unintentionally funny. Although it is not the only location in the film, the elevator is by far the most important part. It gets more screen time than any 5-by-6-foot room ever should, thus the filmmakers have to make it look interesting. Dowdle does a good job of making the room feel even smaller than it actually is by employing a good number of point-of-view shots. This way the audience feels as if it’s also in the elevator, as opposed to just watching it on a screen like the security guards in the control room. As bodies start to pile up throughout the film, tensions rise inside the elevator and Dowdle uses even more close-ups to manipulate emotions. Aside from an interesting opening title sequence, the director keeps everything pretty vanilla outside of the elevator. In horror films, it is rare for characters to be seriously fleshed-out and “Devil” falls prey to this as well. Despite the fact that only about seven total characters were in the movie, the audience never really cares for anyone but the detective. Now, it might be the case that the audience isn’t supposed to know much about the people in the elevator so that the twist at the end can be sweeter; however, it’s arguable that actually liking the characters could improve the film (especially if one of the likeable people turned into the devil). With a runtime of 80 minutes, it can be pretty hard to fit in a whole lot of character development or storyline. On the other hand, the film might finish just before the audience gets tired of the elevator shenanigans. “Devil” avoids any interesting commentary concerning the supernatural or giving audiences a reason to care about a lot of what is happening. But, hey, it beats “Lady in the Water.”
Rough-and-tumble Bang appeals to whiskey-soaked sensibilities Band’s self-titled album is filled with Americanism and Southern rock Chris Bratta Staff Writer A new group has recently hit the popular music scene with its mixture of American rock ‘n’ roll and slower melodic tunes. The based group released its self-titled album on Aug. 31 on Warner Brother's subsidiary record label, Reprise Records. The cover shows four long-haired and scraggly 20-somethings, wearing all black and perched atop an 18-passenger van painted in red, white and blue. By the looks of these fellows, and with song titles like “Whiskey Walk,” “Wild and Young” and “Wouldn't Want to be You,” one would expect to hear something similar to the legendary Molly Hatchet. However, the band’s sound is far from Southern rock, and although this music should not be defined as such, a clear Southern presence exists. The band’s lyrics scream out to those interested in Americanism, rebelling, fighting, drinking, smoking cigarettes, women, drug use, driving cars and playing contemporary American rock. American Bang's lyrics sometimes come across as trite, but they are on par with similar groups’. This group presents itself with the image of having difficult times, wihle relying on mixing its down tempo, bluesy feel with a harder sound.
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Vocalist Jaren Johnston offers a few different styles, which makes it very hard to nail down an exact comparison. However, Johnston’s timbre often resembles Red Hot Chili Pepper vocalist Anthony Kiedis. Johnston suprisingly produces a sound similar to Paolo Nutini on the slower songs, like “Angles.” These differences can entice people who like similar artists or push away those who are fans of one or none of these artists. Also, while listening to this record, American Bang shows similarities to the Black Crowes, but harder. The steady pulse of the drums and complementary strumming or long, held-out chords is sure to bring listeners in, and the group’s heavier songs, like “Whiskey Walk” and “Hurts Like Hell,” are sure to get feet stomping and fists pumping. These songs have great energy, rocking bridges and wailing lead guitar parts. However, these songs often lose their strength and vitality during the chorus sections. This record is all rock. American Bang's music is perfect for the blue jean-wearing, aviator-eyed, long-haired rock enthusiast found on the exterior of the tractor driver or deep down inside businessmen and women. Play it at a bar, play it in your home, but it might be most applicable driving down the interstate with the windows down in a Chevy Camaro.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Letter notes Planned Parenthood’s history Dear editor, Let me first be clear in saying that I fully support birth control use by anyone who wishes to be sexually active. With that said, I believe some clarity needs to be added to Ms. Panter's editorial statements about the organization Planned Parenthood and its founder, Margaret Sanger. Sanger's mission extended well beyond just birth control into a very dark, misunderstood, and very much ignored piece of american history: eugenics. If you aren't familiar with the term, google it. I guarantee that the first articles to pop up will include some mention of Nazi Germany's movement to create a "perfect race". In fact, the wikipedia page on eugenics specifically mentions Margaret Sanger as a major proponent to the movement. Was Sanger a proponent of a woman's right not to "carry a pregnancy to term against her will" or a champion of a movement that sought to opress certain groups by doing exactly the opposit: forcing them into sterility. Research. Decide. Columns of The Daily Beacon are reflections of the individual columnist, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Beacon or its editorial staff.
Joshua Carrigan Senior in nuclear engineering firstname.lastname@example.org
Older sisters often bossy, even as adults An A l ternate R o u te by
Leigh Dickey This semester I am babysitting between 10 and 15 hours per week for a local family. The kids, a 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, are better behaved than I could have hoped for, but they are children, which means they are extremely entertaining to observe. Observing them is not only entertaining, but enlightening; for example, I have determined that all people who decide to have children are crazy. (And with such a large percentage of the population crazy, the state of our society makes a lot more sense to me.) I could spend hours listing other such realizations I've come to over the past few weeks, but today I'd like to mention one thought to which some of you might relate: Older sisters are often a bit bossy. I'm an older sister myself, but my siblings really lucked out because this observation I've made over the past few weeks — that older sisters can be bossy — doesn't apply in my case. Ask my siblings, and they'll tell you I have always been the embodiment of kindness and humility in my relationship with them. Or not. My mom, a preschool teacher, tells me that little girls in general tend to be bossier with their siblings than boys, which surprises me. Maybe, though, she says this because she was so scarred by her raising of me: I was perhaps the bossiest child there has ever been. Mom tells a story of one time when I, at the ripe old age of 8, was in her classroom after school. I left some message on the chalkboard for her students, and told her condescendingly, “Tell your children to try to read this.” There's also a video of me at about age 5, dancing with my friend in a Cinderella dress, and then pushing down her 3year-old brother as he attempted, unwanted, to join our dancing. I could go on and on with this (or rather, my parents and siblings could go on and on with
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examples) or with stories from my recent adventures in babysitting. What's worrying me, though, is whether this amusing (at least to me) trait of my childhood has changed into something rather more harmful in my adult life. Too often these days, I'm afraid, my bossiness manifests itself, not just in telling my brother what to do because I think I know better (though I still do that). I tend to criticize the actions of my roommates, friends and family (and, let's be honest, random people), not only because I think I know better than they what ought to be done; I also take a certain amount of pride in my criticisms of others. My subconscious assumes that I am a better person, superior in some way, for knowing how to better word that sentence or how to answer that civics question. Rather than acknowledging the reality — that I simply have more experience in some fields than others do — and that knowing arcane historical facts is not really anything of which to be proud. And worse still, I, myself, don't take criticism well at all (I'm really a joy to be around, ask anyone). So, I thought that this week, if you'll permit me, I'd like to take a moment out of our time together to write a short note to my younger brother and sister, whom I'll call S and E: Dear S and E, I am sorry you have had to have me as a big sister. I know I can be bossy sometimes, and I'd like to apologize. But really, it's because I know better than you do, so it's for your own good. Also, I told Mom from the start that things would be best if I was an only child, and that we should just return you guys to the stork, so I think everything is her fault. Love, Leigh What do y'all think? Good first draft? Maybe I'll work on it a little bit. Enjoy the rest of your week. The timetable is up, as of this past Monday, which means those of us who are seniors will be registering soon for what should be our final semester. Three cheers for that! Until next time. —Leigh Dickey is a senior in global studies and Latin. She can be reached at email@example.com.
‘Chillism’ best attitude to handle life LOL... wUT? by Yasha Sadagopan Attitude is just more than an eight-letter word.
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Something I've been thinking about a lot during the course of these past few weeks is how attitude affects us. Some of the things that a person judges you on when they first meet you is usually physical, but they look at what kind of person you present yourself as, and I've been criticized a lot during the course of my life because of my attitude. I don't have a normal attitude. I'm not a naturally positive person, because I'm a realist, first and last. If I think you look awful in a dress, I'm not going to sugarcoat it just to make you feel good and will tell you that your butt probably requires a “WIDE LOAD” sign on it to warn others behind you. If you do horribly on a test and ask me questions or make up excuses, I'm probably going to do much to divest you of your amusingly rosy opinion of yourself and tell you that you're dumber than a bag of rocks. I'm not a pessimist, but I don't believe in pretending that everything is sprouting fairy dust and unicorns, and I, as well as others out there, think I get a bad rap for that. Just because I come off as indifferent or down, doesn't mean that it's all who I am, and in effort to take a different attitude about my attitude, I've recently become an advocate of what I call Chillism. We can all thank a friend of mine, Cristina, for this, because she represents the idea of Chillism, which is NOT optimism, pessimism or realism, but more of a lifestyle choice. Even though it's my mentally constructed movement, I believe that it can work for anyone, considering that it's coming from one of the most sarcastic and indifferent people alive. So here we go, “Fight Club” style. 1. The first rule of Chillism is to just listen. Don't talk. There's a reason that the clichéd saying of “We have two ears and one mouth for a reason” exists. You learn way more than you would if you were just talking, and you learn more about people this way. When I stopped talking all at once, I learned more about other people immediately, and it was really good as a learning experience. It was also good as a way of connecting
with myself and seeing all the things I could find through mere silence. I like to take a day out of the month to just take a vow of silence, and I've found out that my creative side really comes out. I have somehow learned how to play a harmonica, FINALLY write that screenplay that I've been putting off (for what like 7 years?) and be focused enough to write that damned graduate school letter. 2. The second rule of Chillism is just … be. Destress. Or rather, don't stress. About the little things, or the big things. Learn to let things go and take things as they come. The more time you spend worrying or being pissed about something, the more time you're taking away from your life that you'll never get back pouring over something that doesn't matter. You could spend that time learning a new art or helping someone with something that's more difficult. Learn that life is bigger than you or petty problems. And don't for one moment imagine that someone like me doesn't suffer from the same shortcomings as you, separated as we are by a thin sheet of newsprint with 800 words on it. 3. Pick your battles. Be sure to get your priorities straight and focus on them, opting to focus rather than being obsessed or worried about them. You only have about 90 years on this earth, and you should be all too aware of your mortality in order to put more life in your years, instead of being a colossal douche. This is interlinked to the second rule, so you should be able to apply it easily. 4. The fourth rule of Chillism is don't talk about Chillism. Just kidding, there is no fourth rule, and I'm really trying to fill up words to meet my quota. However, my parting words and advice maintains that this is a philosophy. I don't believe in optimism (you know, the kind that maintains that everything is hunky-dory but discounts you when you inject a note of sanity in the proceedings), nor do I believe in pessimism (It takes away from the meaning of what you try to do.) Realism works very well but only for a few people (i.e. me), but most of the time, people can't face reality without help. Chillism however, takes a little bit of all three viewpoints and translates it into a lifestyle choice, and please, if it works for you, let me know about it so I might be inspired too. — Yasha Sadagopan is a senior in economics. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Multi-threat quarterbacks bring new edge
Colin Skinner Asst. Sports Editor Behold the dual-threat quarterback. Mobile, agile, spontaneous, and elusive, he can be considered a dangerous weapon on turf. He escapes sacks, throws the long ball, and takes it himself for a first down, all the while leaving defensive coordinators scratching their heads in a combination of awe and disgust. And as the Justin Wilcoxes and Will Muschamps of the college football world know, they're more common in the game today. Over the past decade, college football has been blessed with an increase in the number of dualthreat quarterbacks, those categorized by their ability and effectiveness to beat defenses through the air and on the ground. From Vince Young's performance against USC in the 2005 BCS National Championship, to last decade's 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch leading the last dominant Nebraska team, this nation has undoubtedly witnessed and learned the value of the luster of this pedigree of quarterback. These multi-threat quarterbacks are undeniably fun to watch and good for the level of excitement in college football today, and oddly enough, share something in common with a pair of John Daly golf pants on the field — they're extremely unpredictable. One minute they seem to be doomed in a collapsing pocket and seconds later can be found scrambling across the field for a big gain. Those plays are unbelievable to watch. Presently, many dual-threat quarterbacks find success in college football and lead their teams with flash and flare qualities. Denard Robinson, who has recently been flying around like Superman for Michigan on the field, and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor have taken over the national spotlight for quarterbacks, featured all over highlight reels on ESPN’s “Sportscenter” and mentioned in early Heisman talks. Pryor, with his 6-food-6-inch, 235-pound frame, is tough to bring down in the open field and seems to be ever progressing in the passing game to excel his draft status in the next two years. “Shoelace” Robinson set the school record in each of the Wolverines’ first two games of this season for total offense by a single player, pushing him into the limelight of electrifying players and stirring a swirl of early Heisman whispers. However, despite the talent and athleticism Ian Harmon • The Daily Beacon these multi-faceted players possess, it is interesting Brandon Massengill, junior in biosystems engineering, tips a ball over Levi to point out the success of this style of quarterback Beckelhimer, junior in Italian and theatre, in an impromptu game of volleyball out- in college compared to the same players’ aptitude side the TRECS. The sand volleyball court is available to any UT students wanting and prevalence at the same position in the NFL. The traditional NFL-style quarterbacks, i.e. to play a pick-up game and is also home to intramural volleyball leagues, run out Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Joe Flacco and Brett of the TRECS
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Favre, are quarterbacks who have found fame and fortune in the NFL with their big arms, living and dying in the pocket, rarely busting loose for a 25yard gain on the ground. But they don't need to; they're that special by air. This type of quarterback is the ideal mold for any NFL team. Pryor, Robinson, and other dual-threat quarterbacks of college football today do not exactly fit this mold, which spark questions about their roles in the NFL one day. As many of these unique players find after college, their talents used at quarterback in college can be equally as effective at a different position in the NFL. Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State's former lightning-quick quarterback from 2006 to 2009, is a good example of a multi-threat quarterback in college who effectively switched positions in the NFL. Edwards set numerous records at Appalachian State, shattering the total yards by one player in a career, and became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 yards and run for another 4,000 yards. But the minute he played his last down in college, scouts had his name slotted as a wide receiver or return man in the NFL. He is now just that for the Carolina Panthers. Similarly, Josh Cribbs, of the Cleveland Browns, played quarterback at Bowling Green University, a fact many may not know given his success as a return man and wide receiver weapon for the Browns. His success in college was only superseded by his play as a specialist in the NFL, and here lies the present trend for many of the dual-threat quarterbacks coming out of college football. Fact or fiction: All dual-threat quarterbacks change positions in the NFL. Most definitely fiction. Michael Vick, who faced adversity and time off of the football field, is still as dangerous as any player in the NFL when he gets loose from the pocket. However, he is continually proving to defenses that he can beat them with his arm as well. The former Virginia Tech Hokie was just named the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Tennessee Titans’ Vince Young, a national championship-winning dualthreat quarterback, has developed his passing game in the NFL enough to help lead the Titans’ offense at his college position. The need for more elusive quarterbacks in football today is fact, however, with the forthcoming of faster defensive players. Mobility in turn is the key ingredient to combat this speed. Still, the NFLstyle quarterback reigns supreme in the pros, and look for this to continue for some time. What remains true about college dual-threat quarterbacks is that their chances of success in the NFL are much higher because of their God-given talents, which make them so deadly: their speed and athleticism. Though this breed seems to be thin in professional football, their presence in the game is still felt at the pro level, whether it be behind center or downfield, running routes. Dual-threat quarterback success on college teams has seen a huge influx with more runningprone quarterbacks across the nation. Hopefully our own Volunteers can hop on the bandwagon in the future. SEC defenses would be sorry if they did.
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Fisher sticks with Young to start for Titans after benching Sunday Associated Press NASHVILLE— Jeff Fisher keeps repeating it: There’s no quarterback controversy in Tennessee, and Vince Young will start Sunday against the New York Giants and for the rest of the season. His conviction didn’t stop the questions Monday about his QB situation. Quarterback continued to be the hot topic after Fisher benched Young for the final quarter of their 19-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. While there’s plenty of blame to go around on offense — the Titans (1-1) committed seven turnovers — Young had two interceptions and a fumble and was the center of attention. Fisher didn’t say if he’s talked with Young about his decision to yank him and play backup Kerry Collins. But Fisher made it clear what he expects. “He shouldn’t like it,” Fisher said of the move. “No one you take out of the game should. Do you expect them to like it? No, they shouldn’t like it. “I would expect any player who was replaced for any reason not to be happy with it, but what you do is you come back to work, you work harder and you improve. That’s the game. This is not an easy position to play. You saw what happened around the league Sunday.” Young wasn’t the only quarterback benched Sunday after struggles on the field. But he is the quarterback who lost his job to Kerry Collins two seasons ago in the opener and didn’t get it back until the Titans started 0-6 last year. Tennessee had been 9-2 with Young back at quarterback until seemingly no one could hold onto the ball. Fisher said the entire team — except the defense — had a bad day against Pittsburgh. The coaches probably had too much in the game plan, asking too much of the offense against the Steelers’ defense. Fisher defended even that, saying the extensive game plan reflected how far Young’s come in his fifth NFL season. “I’m not disappointed in him or his development, his path or anything like that. It’s a decision I made to try to win the ballgame,” Fisher said. Young talked to reporters after the loss, something even he admitted he wouldn’t have done after ugly losses early in his career. He took the blame for being intercepted in the end zone in the first quarter by Troy Polamalu, saying he had his eyes in the wrong spot. He also shrugged off not getting a roughing call when Steelers linebacker James Harrison slammed him to the ground during a sack on his final play. Young was thrown down with his shoulder and neck slamming into the turf. He laid on the ground for a couple minutes before walking off and later said he might get those calls when he’s a top quarterback in the NFL. Fisher said Monday he thought a flag should have been thrown for roughing the passer. “Maybe it was the heat,” Fisher said. Young tweeted Monday an apology to fans for his performance against Pittsburgh. “I will continue to get better,” Young posted on Twitter. On paper, he was 7 of 10 for 66 yards. But he was sacked twice with the three turnovers. The Titans have plenty to fix. Ball security will be a focus this week in practice after rookie Marc Mariani had the ball knocked loose on Tennessee’s first kickoff return. Collins had a pass intercepted on his first series and a fumble as well. Even Chris Johnson, the NFL’s rushing leader since 2008, fumbled for just the fifth time in his career when someone’s knee poked the ball out of his arms. It was his next carry after his 85yard touchdown run was erased by a holding penalty. “We have to do a much better job of protecting the football. At all costs,” Fisher said. Despite all the turnovers, the quarterback change almost worked. Collins drove the Titans 85 yards for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 58 seconds left. They recovered an onside kick only to see a defender knock the ball out of Nate Washington’s hands in the final seconds. Now they prepare for a trip to New York and their first road game this season trying to avoid a second straight loss. Fisher said his team simply needs to rehydrate. “We’re not in that must-win thing, but we’re in a situation where we have to play better in order to win,” Fisher said. Notes: The one serious injury from the game happened to defensive line coach Jim Washburn. A player rolled into Washburn on the sideline in the first half, and Fisher said the assistant will be on crutches for up to six weeks.
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Utility fielder Ramsey poised to lead Vols Matthew McMurray Staff Writer The excitement on the UT baseball team is building as the Orange and White World Series approaches Game Two on Friday. With baseball season slowly beginning, the UT baseball team finds itself with many new faces for the upcoming season. 18 new players line up with the 19 returning players. “We are extremely excited about the group of players we have on campus Matt Ramsey this fall,” coach Todd Raleigh said. “The overall athleticism and physical abilities that each of them bring is off the charts.” Matt Ramsey, junior in sports management, is one of the veterans returning this year. Ramsey is an all-around athlete, playing in the outfield and catching, but he is known best as UT’s closing pitcher. In 2008, Ramsey’s senior year in high school at Farragut in Knoxville, he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians, but he chose to attend UT. “I definitely thought UT would offer a chance for me to better my skills and mature more as a baseball player,” Ramsey said. Not only did UT’s program appeal to Ramsey, but he was also born and raised a UT fan. “I bleed orange,” he said. “I grew up coming to football games, and I like being close to family.”
Baseball runs in Ramsey’s family. His two grandfathers and father all played in high school. Ramsey receives a lot of his inspiration and tries to model his game after professional players like Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright, both starting pitchers on the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals. Players like these help inspire Ramsey’s goal, which is to move into the major leagues after his UT career, and he is receiving full help from the coaching staff. “We got a good coaching staff here,” Ramsey said, “and our pitching coach pitched in the big leagues for a few years, and he knows what he is doing, and he has definitely helped me a lot.” One of Ramsey’s priorities is maintaining his grades. He accomplishes this by going to the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, which offers tutoring to Vol athletes. He also attends the mandatory study hours which specifically requires players to study during their day. In his spare time, Ramsey likes to play video games and table tennis, shoot pool and play golf, but golf occupies the majority of his free time. “It’s something I’ve done with my grandfather since I was a little kid,” Ramsey said. “It started probably when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and me and my grandfather would just go whenever we got a weekend off of baseball or whatever. (We’d) just go to the driving range and hit for a while.” The middle school Ramsey attended did not have a baseball team, so he decided to play golf instead. Throughout high school, Ramsey spent more time on the baseball diamond, but he never let go of the sport he played with his grandfather all those years ago, and he still plays golf whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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Fans cheer on the Vols during the Florida game on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Volunteers take on UAB this Saturday, just a week after their thrilling win over Troy on a last second, 44-yard touchdown pass.
Published on Sep 23, 2010