Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Neyland's seven maxims key to UT football success in 2012

Listen to Neyland
Much has been written about what it will take for Tennessee to find football success this year. After all the opining, the blueprint for prosperity is really found in the seven maxims (actually, there may have been more) developed by legendary Vol head coach Gen. Robert Neyland.  Like Neyland himself, they are straightforward and unflinching.
The maxims are:
--The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
--Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way:  SCORE.
--If at first the game -- or the breaks -- go against you, don't let up...put on more steam.
--Protect our kickers, our QB, our lead and our ball game.
--Ball, oskie, cover, block, cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle...for this is the WINNING EDGE.
--Press the kicking game.  Here is where the breaks are made.
--Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
Last year, UT's commitment to these seven was missing at times (especially in the Kentucky game).  Improved dedication to these principles will equal more wins.

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