Dooley trying to clean up Volunteers' act

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and the Volunteers are coming off a 48-13 loss to Oregon.

COLUMBIA -- Neyland Stadium, in case you were unaware, is built on a sinkhole.

It's felt that way the past few years at Tennessee, hasn't it? The third Volunteers coach in as many years, Derek Dooley, revealed last week that, evidently, the team doesn't even shower well.

He invented a maxim that likely never crossed General Neyland's mind: "shower discipline."

"We talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body," Dooley told reporters.

With that being the focus of the week, Oregon then ran past the Vols in Knoxville, 48-13, scoring the final 45 points of the game.

As good as Oregon is (and it is), just how bad is Tennessee? There were effort questions in the wake of that one. There are numerous depth issues, too, as Dooley has highlighted since arriving. The Vols are breaking in a new quarterback, offensive line and more than half a defense.

Beyond back Tauren Poole, there frankly isn't a lot of ready-to-play talent.

Dooley has the earmarks of a smart, successful coach. Gosh knows he has the bloodline.

But will Knoxville have the patience to allow him to get things moving the right way? And can Dooley hold things together in 2010, if effort was in question in Week 2?

Dooley, it seems, has more to clean up than just the showers.

Thumbs up

Mark who?

Trent Richardson continues to affirm the fact that Alabama has two running backs who could win the Heisman Trophy in the same backfield. (Mark Ingram, of course, already has.) Ingram can take his time coming back from a knee injury, watching Richardson run over and around defenders. Just imagine when both are healthy. Oh, that's right; Bama won a national title when that was the case.

Latting the way

Richardson was a known commodity, despite being a "backup." Well, Marcus Lattimore became known Saturday by plowing through Georgia for 182 yards. Do we know yet if Lattimore is the incarnate of Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker or -- even as his own coach said -- Emmitt Smith? Heck, no. It's two games. Two. But Lattimore at least demonstrates the idea that South Carolina can run this year. And that's a fantastic reason to leap on to the Gamecocks' bandwagon.

Thumbs down

Hunkering down

Georgia hired a new coordinator to change its defensive look. This couldn't have been what Todd Grantham had in mind. Steve Spurrier said the scheme was OK, but the Bulldogs were horrifically bad tackling Lattimore. There are too many athletes on that defense to believe those issues will define its season. Lattimore, we'll bet, serves as a proper wakeup call to sic 'em, once again.

Scheme of things

Florida, Saturday showed, is still wading through its growing pains. (Chris Rainey's arrest didn't really help, either.) Youngster Mike Gillislee is making an impact. The Gators are turning, more and more, to those young, talented players to replace those struggling to get their footing. They'll be fine. But good enough to beat Georgia and South Carolina, let alone Alabama?

Stat of the week

127: Number of Lattimore yards after contact against Georgia, according to Post and Courier research.

He said it

"We know it. Our coaches know it. Our players know it. And I think the Bulldog Nation knows it." -- Georgia's Mark Richt, putting a lot of pressure on the importance of this week's Arkansas game.

Trav's take

--Does LSU scare anyone? Jordan Jefferson never became the dynamic quarterback that many, including this writer, expected. Now he might be replaced by Jarrett Lee. That cannot be good for Les Miles' future with the Tigers.

--Aaron Murray's arm and legs are impressive. Georgia is in good shape with him running things. Really strong delivery on the run. Got to figure the Dawgs will be fine when A.J. Green returns.

--Arkansas' defense might be ranked fourth in the country now, but let's see what happens when Georgia and the SEC meets it.

--Dan Mullen has Mississippi State headed the right way. That's evident even in a loss to Auburn. Just a couple of catches, and MSU has that one won.