Vols could have been in driver’s seat after win over Georgia

By Steve Williams It was good to see Tennessee finally win a big-time football game, but I couldn’t fully enjoy the thrill of the 38-31 come-from-behind victory over Georgia, not after those three previous losses UT had suffered this season. I couldn’t help but think where the Vols would be in the Southeastern Conference standings […]

Admiring grandson says it’s cool to have a NFL great in family

By Steve Williams When I first heard about a kid named Naumoff playing football at Farragut High School a couple of years ago, I wondered if he might be related to Paul Naumoff, the great University of Tennessee linebacker of the 1960s. Sure enough, Jacob Naumoff, the senior quarterback for the Admirals this season, is […]

Advice for Butch: Take General Neyland’s advice

By Steve Williams Shred the analytic data on football tendencies for when to go for a touchdown or when to rush the quarterback. Let someone else keep up with the chart that tells when it’s best to go for two points after a touchdown. Who needs a cheat sheet for that anyway? In crunch time […]

Harbin and Red Devils roast rival Eagles, 18-8

By Steve Williams With it being homecoming at Halls High School, there were plenty of signs on display prior to the football game against rival Gibbs. One read: “Come on Red Devils. Roast the Eagles. May the Force be with you.” As it turned out, Caden Harbin was a force on both sides of the […]

As Cherokees’ season turns South, Fowler remains positive

By Steve Williams Jimmy Fowler has had the perfect attitude for this football season at South-Doyle High School, a season that could see the Cherokees finish 0-10 after going 10-0 in 2014. Fowler was a junior last fall when the going was good. As a senior he has maintained a positive mindset in a much […]

Buckeyes’ starting lineup is loaded with homegrown talent

By Steve Williams A contributing factor in Ohio State’s return to college football glory was Urban Meyer adding more speed to the Buckeyes’ roster when he came aboard as new head coach in 2012. That was one of his objectives and it made sense. For years, Ohio State couldn’t beat faster and quicker Southeastern Conference […]

Checkered Neyland Stadium and Dobbs will make the difference

By Steve Williams Tennessee will “checker Neyland” this coming Saturday night for its real home opener of 2015, much like Oklahoma “striped out” its stadium in Crimson and Cream when the Vols visited the Sooners for the first time ever last September. I’m sure the UT fans will make the Orange and White squares look […]

Knoxville area players benefit from ETSU’s return to football

By Steve Williams The excitement over the return of football at East Tennessee State University can be felt 100 miles away. That’s about how far it is from Knoxville to Johnson City, where the Buccaneers will kick off their first season in 12 years Thursday night. Many players from the Knoxville area will be a […]