Tag:Brent Brewer
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Vol S Brewer, UGA OL Lee both done for year

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

From Marcus Lattimore to John Brantley to Tyler Bray, the SEC East race has in many ways already become a battle of attrition. And last Saturday's action did nothing to change that, with both Tennessee and Georgia losing starters to injury for the remainder of the 2011 season.

The news is worse for Derek Dooley, who confirmed Monday that starting strong safety Brent Brewer tore his ACL against South Carolina and is done for the year. The sophomore had recently been moved into the starting lineup after injuries and poor play had already necessitated a reshuffling of the Vol secondary, and responded with 24 tackles and three tackles-for-loss.

Brewer will likely be replaced by freshman Brian Randolph, sliding over from free safety. That hole will by filled by experienced junior Prentiss Waggner, who's already moved from safety to corner this season is moving back again. There are few places where the Vols could less afford to sustain an injury like Brewer's -- struggling corner Marsalis Teague is likely to draw back into the starting lineup -- but that's the way the season has gone for Dooley, unfortunately.

"We've got to move some guys back in at corner and they need to play better," the Vols' embattled head coach said.

Meanwhile, the Vols' rivals in Athens will have to play the rest of the regular season, at least, without starting redshirt sophomore guard Dallas Lee. Lee broke his ankle against Florida and will not be able to help the Dawgs' push for a division title, but could be able to return for the postseason.

“I would think he’d have a very good opportunity to play in the bowl, would be my guess," Mark Richt said.

Fortunately for the Dawgs, Lee has a highly-experienced backup in Kenarious Gates, who began the season in the starting lineup before an injury dropped him to the second-string. Gates replaced Lee during the win over the Gators and is expected to get the start Saturday when the Dawgs host New Mexico State.


Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Tennesee freshman safety Pat Martin leaves team

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Tennessee's
secondary likely can't take too many more hits. But they've kept on coming anyway.

Per our CBSSports.com RapidReporter Daniel Lewis, Derek Dooley announced Monday that true freshman safety Pat Martin has left the team. The decision was mutual, according to Dooley.

As blows to the Volunteer defensive backfield go, this is nothing like losing an All-SEC caliber player like Janzen Jackson. But Martin's departure remains far from meaningless, even within the context of the 2011 season alone; a four-star recruit and one of the top-20 safeties in the nation this past year according to Maxpreps, Martin was in line to compete for playing time (if not necessarily a starting role) and could have helped a still-thin Vol roster on special teams.

That won't happen, and with one injury or off-field incident, the Vol secondary could feel the sting of Martin's decision. Even after Jackson's dismissal, the Vols return a pair of starters at safety in Prentiss Waggner and Brent Brewer. But Waggner's move from corner has already thrust either true freshman Justin Coleman or JUCO transfer Izauea Lanier into the starting foursome at CB, and the current second-string at safety consists of little-used senior Rod Wilks and true freshman Brian Randolph. It hasn't helped that highly-regarded JUCO defensive back Byron Moore has had a disappointing first fall camp.

For his part, Dooley says he isn't worried about the depth issues at safety. “Those guys have really progressed," he said of Wilks and Randolph. "We wouldn’t bat an eye putting them in."

But it's easy to say that now, tougher if it actually comes to having Wilks or Randolph try to contain the likes of Alshon Jeffery or Orson Charles. And Dooley isn't hiding from the pain of losing Jackson; asked to assess his secondary in the wake of his dismissal, Dooley said "Well, we’re not as good."

And even if Martin was a true freshman, when all is said and done, we think you could say the same about him.
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Tennessee reinstates Brent Brewer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While one person on Tennessee's campus was losing his job on Monday, on the Tennessee football team, a player was getting a second chance. Five weeks after the Vols suspended Brent Brewer following a domestic assault charge in February, head coach Derek Dooley announced on Monday that Brewer had been reinstated to the team.

"He has served a five-week suspension from all team activities," Dooley told the Times Free Press. "There's still some other internal disciplinary measure that are taken. It was a learning lesson for Brent, a learning lesson for all the members of our team (and) it was very unfortunate what happened."

Which is good news for both Brewer and Tennessee, as the team has been without its two starting safeties for the last month. Though the absence of free safety Janzen Jackson has been due to his withdrawing from the school for personal reasons. Dooley also took some time to address Jackson's current situation.

"He seems to be managing his life well right now. (He's) on pace to come back, but that's day to day and month to month."


Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Vols Ben Martin undergoes Achilles surgery

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well here's some goodish news for Tennessee and a member of its defense. Defensive end Ben Martin had surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon on Wednesday, and the surgery was a success. Which means that Martin has a long, painful rehabilitation in front of him, but he should be able to play in 2011.

In fact, the doctors believe that Martin will be available for the start of the season.

Martin missed the entire 2010 season after injuring his achilles in August on the second day of fall practice. Martin had played in 33 games his first three seasons in Knoxville, including 11 starts, and made 63 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and 3 forced fumbles. Having Martin back healthy in 2011 would be a boost to a Vols defense that has lost both of its starting safeties in the last few weeks.

Brent Brewer was suspended after being arrested in a domestic dispute, and Janzen Jackson left the school on his own to deal with some personal problems. It's possible that both could be back for the start of next season, but there are no guarantees.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Tennessee suspends Brent Brewer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee is losing safeties at an alarming rate. Last week Janzen Jackson withdrew from school -- though it's entirely possible he'll be back at Tennessee for the fall -- due to personal issues, and on Sunday word came down that Derek Dooley had suspended Brent Brewer from the team. Brewer was arrested over the weekend in a domestic dispute.

"Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded," Dooley said in a statement. "We respect everyone's right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team."

Brewer was released on $1,500 bond Sunday.

Brewer did not begin his freshman season in Knoxville as a starter, but was inserted halfway through the season, starting alonside Jackson at safety. Now the Vols head into the 2011 season possibly having to replace both of their safeties.
 
 
 
 
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