- We all know that Jonathan Hefney had a couple of last year's Plays of the Year as a punt returner. This year, not so much -- Tennessee ranks 73rd nationally in punt returns. Enter Dennis Rogan, who will be returning punts this weekend against the Ragin' Cajuns. Woo for Dennis, whom I have apparently ranked way too low as the RTT#25 player in the class of 2007. The same article indicates that Tennessee will be mixing up the kickoff coverage this weekend, but it doesn't say how. Have I missed something? Hasn't kickoff coverage been mostly fine this year? They did say "mixing" and not "screwing," right?
- Where have I heard this before? A former minor league baseball player will be enrolling in school and joining the football team in January. Vince Faison is 26, originally signed with Georgia, and is expected to play in the secondary. I'm getting involuntary visions of Kelly Washington. Anyway, I expect Faison to have a season-ending injury, academic problems, or some other catastrophe a few weeks later simply by virtue of being mentioned in the same sentence as the Tennessee secondary.
- Erik Ainge: "It was definitely the worst I've played." That would be the Steve Spurrier game. Footwork, mostly, he says. It's certainly not that he doesn't have the time. The offensive line leads the country in fewest sacks allowed. Jury's out, of course, on the impact of the season-ending injury to left tackle Eric Young on this nifty stat.
- And yikes, sophomore basketballer Wayne Chism was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace after being knocked unconscious by a teammate's elbow at practice yesterday. No, it wasn't Tony McDaniel, it was Jordan Howell.