Hardesty Missed Practice Because Of 102-Degree Temperature

October 22, 2007

(WVLT) -- Tennessee coaches, as well as Tennessee fans, now know why Vols running back Monterio Hardesty missed Sunday practice. Hardesty was in bed sick.

Following Tennessee's 41-17 loss at Alabama, Phillip Fulmer staged a rare Sunday practice; a practice in which Hardesty was a no-show.

Fulmer released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“Montario Hardesty was sick in bed with a 102-degree temperature Sunday afternoon and evening. He had called and left a voice mail with Coach Roper, who did not get his message until after practice. Montario had taken medicine and slept through the evening and night.

I talked to Montario this morning. He was sorry for any concern he may have caused. He has been to the training room this morning and is feeling better.”

Meanwhile, Vols defensive back Jonathan Hefney has been named a quarterfinalist for the annual Lott Trophy.

The Lott Trophy is named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and goes to the outstanding college defensive player of the year who has had the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. It represents the only college football trophy to give equal weight to personal character as well as athletic performance.

Hefney, a senior from Rock Hill, S.C., is on course to graduate in December with a degree in political science. The Vols highly regarded cover man has 36 tackles so far this season to go with an interception and four passes defensed. Hefney’s most important role this year has been guiding the Vols’ young secondary that currently starts two freshmen and a sophomore.

The award’s previous winners have been David Pollack of Georgia in 2004, DeMeco Ryans of Alabama in 2005 and Daymeion Hughes of California in 2006. Ryans went on to be named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season with the Houston Texans.

Voters for The Lott Trophy are college offensive and defensive coordinators, former head coaches who make up the Master Coaches, the Board of Directors of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, The Lott Trophy Board of Advisors and selected members of the national media.

The 2007 Lott Trophy quarterfinalists: Antoine Cason, DB, Arizona; Jordon Dizon, LB, Colorado; Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU; Sedrick Ellis, DT, Southern California; Nic Harris, DB, Oklahoma; Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida; JONATHAN HEFNEY, DB, TENNESSEE; Cody Kase, LB, New Mexico; Nick Larkin, DL, Boston College; James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State; J Leman, LB, Illinois; Chris Long, DE, Virginia; Dwight Lowery, DB, San Jose State; Ben Moffitt, LB, South Florida; Keith Rivers, LB, Southern California; Wesley Woodyard, LB, Kentucky; Tom Zbikowski, DB, Notre Dame.

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