SEC: Chris Scott

Position superlatives: Tennessee

March, 30, 2010
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Today, we take a look at what should be the strongest and weakest positions for Tennessee entering the 2010 season:

Strongest position: Receiver/tight end

Key returnees: Gerald Jones, Denarius Moore, Marsalis Teague, Luke Stocker

Key departures: Quintin Hancock

The skinny: The Vols’ top three pass-catchers from a year ago are all back, and that includes Stocker, one of the better receiving tight ends in the league. Stocker thought about turning pro, but elected to return for his senior season. Moore led the Vols with seven touchdown catches. The threesome of Jones, Moore and Stocker combined for 16 touchdown receptions last season and will form the nucleus of Tennessee’s passing game in 2010, although they will have to get used to a new quarterback. Moore has terrific speed and gives the Vols a legitimate deep threat. Jones is versatile enough to move around and play different spots. One of the Vols’ highest-rated signees, Da’Rick Rogers, will be difficult to keep off the field.

Weakest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: Jarrod Shaw, Dallas Thomas

Key departures: Chris Scott, Aaron Douglas, Jacques McClendon, Cody Sullins, Cory Sullins, Vlad Richard

The skinny: An already challenging situation for the Vols up front got a lot worse when Douglas went into first-year coach Derek Dooley’s office last week and asked for a release. Douglas, who had moved from tight end to right tackle the year before, was going to be the anchor of the line. But with him gone, the Vols essentially will be starting over. Shaw started three games last season at guard, all during the first part of the season. He’s the only player with any meaningful experience returning. Redshirt freshman JerQuari Schofield at guard and true freshman Ja’Wuan James at tackle are both working with the first unit right now. Sophomore Dallas Thomas is the likely left tackle. As inexperienced as the Vols will be up front, depth will be an even bigger problem. They can’t afford to get anybody hurt.

Bad days for Chaney, Scott

January, 29, 2010
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On Day 4 of the Senior Bowl practices, the Scouts Inc. crew didn't like what it saw from Tennessee offensive tackle Chris Scott or Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney.

Todd McVay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl already had serious doubts as to whether Scott could play tackle in the NFL, but he didn't show the power to play inside during Thursday's practices. Scott's balance and footwork were also questionable.

As for Chaney, he's performed well at the point of attack, but mental errors have been his undoing. So much so that Chaney may slip into the middle or late rounds.

SEC players in East-West Shrine Game

January, 14, 2010
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Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy, who was injured for much of the season, has been selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Other SEC players on the East roster include Ole Miss kicker Joshua Shene, Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney, LSU tight end Richard Dickson, LSU defensive end Rahim Alem, Alabama safety Justin Woodall, Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, Florida linebacker Ryan Stamper, South Carolina safety Darian Stewart and Tennessee offensive tackle Chris Scott.

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