Handling adversity Tennessee's biggest concern

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's biggest question about his players heading into the season was how they would handle adversity. He got his answer when the Volunteers collapsed after back-to-back scores by Oregon.

Figuring out how to bounce back from bad plays -- like a 72-yard run by Ducks running back LaMichael James and an interception thrown by Vols quarterback Matt Simms that was returned for a TD -- is now Tennessee's biggest concern.

Saturday's game against No. 10 Florida may not carry the same national appeal without former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin takings shots at the Gators or All-Americans Tim Tebow and Eric Berry meeting head on.

It gives Dooley a chance to see if his team can prevent another meltdown like the 48-13 loss to Oregon.

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

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