Depleted Vols looking for worthy defensive linemen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is looking for some tackles and ends to fill vacancies on his defensive line. But he's finding the guys competing for the jobs aren't very distinguishable from one another.

Gone are tackles Dan Williams and Wes Brown. Sophomore tackle Marlon Walls and senior end Ben Martin recently suffered Achilles' tendon injuries, and tackle John Brown couldn't qualify academically after transferring from a junior college.

The biggest problem is at tackle, where only sophomore Montori Hughes has any significant experience. The others are either undersized or inexperienced.

The defensive end spot might hold up with the help of all-Southeastern Conference pick Chris Walker if no other players suffer injuries.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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