Vols' Randolph out for season with torn ACL

The Tennessee safety got hurt in the fourth quarter when trying to make a play on Florida receiver Frankie Hammond.

Cincinnati wide receiver Anthony McClung (6) catches a pass for a touchdown as he's hit by Tennessee defensive back Brian Randolph (37) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 45-23. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee free safety and leading tackler Brian Randolph will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament Saturday in the Volunteers' 37-20 loss to No. 14 Florida.

Randolph got hurt while trying to make a play on Florida receiver Frankie Hammond's 75-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Byron Moore, the Vols' starting strong safety for the first three games of the season, moves over to free safety to replace Randolph. Brent Brewer, who made eight starts last year before tearing his ACL, will take over as the Vols' first-team strong safety.

Randolph leads the Volunteers with 22 tackles. He started eight games last year and collected 55 tackles, the fifth-highest total ever for a Tennessee true freshman.

Tennessee plays Akron on Saturday.


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