Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) is tackled by Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Justin Coleman (27) and linebacker Curt Maggitt (56) during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Why The Vols Should Redshirt Curt Maggitt & More

From Bleacher Report

Curt Maggitt was there in the middle of the huddle, jumping, yelling and hyping up his Tennessee teammates prior to last weekend’s game at Oregon.

Unfortunately for the Vols, he was wearing street clothes.

This was not how Maggitt’s junior season—or his career, for that matter—was supposed to go. This week’s trip to Gainesville was supposed to be a homecoming forMaggitt, who hails from West Palm Beach, Florida and chose UT over the Gators.

Instead, the 6’3″, 240-pound vocal leader of UT’s defense hasn’t dressed for a game this year. He’s still recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last Nov. 10 against Missouri.

 

From the News & Observer

Tennessee wants to show it has one of the nation’s best offensive lines.

Here comes the Volunteers’ best opportunity to make their case.

The star power in Tennessee’s game with No. 19 Florida on Saturday is in the trenches instead of at the skill positions. Florida’s defensive line has helped the Gators lead the Southeastern Conference in run defense. They’re matching up against a Tennessee offensive line that ranks among the most experienced in the country.

 

From WBIR

Tennessee guard Andraya Carter is eager to start leading from the floor rather than from the bench.

Carter earned praise for her leadership ability as a freshman last year, but she played only seven games before a torn labrum in her right shoulder knocked her out for the remainder of the season.

Now she’s healthy again and ready to boost a point guard position that lacked depth in her absence last year.

Carter, a 5-foot-9 redshirt freshman, says her injury history won’t cause her to tone down her aggressive style.

 

From Bleacher Report

The Vols carry a light artillery on their journey to Florida. But they do have one key AK-47 in tow, and it’s fired on the line of scrimmage.

UT’s experienced offensive line is its biggest weapon of the season with more than 130 starts. ESPN.com’s Chris Low ranked Tennessee as the top line in the SEC, ahead of Alabama, coming into the season.

Junior LT Antonio Richardson and senior RT Ja’Wuan James sandwich redshirt senior LG Alex Bullard, senior C James Stone and senior RG Zach Fulton.

Some highlights: Richardson made the 2013 SEC Coaches Preseason First Team All-SEC, and James has started all games of his college career, joining Fulton on the 2013 SEC Coaches Preseason All-SEC Second Team.

 

 

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