Baggett has confidence in young wideouts

With senior wideout Gerald Jones out with a broken bone in his hand, Wide Receivers Coach Charlie Baggett will have to turn to some of his younger talent. Go "Inside" to see what the veteran coach had to say about the situation.

Young but talented is a good way to describe the Tennessee wide receiver corps.

First-year Tennessee Wide Receivers Coach Charlie Baggett, a veteran coach of the NFL and college ranks, will be without one of his senior leaders this weekend after Gerald Jones broke a bone in his hand against Tennessee-Martin.

Jones had surgery Monday to repair the injury and is expected to miss at least two weeks before he returns to the football field.

"We will miss Gerald's leadership and his talents," Baggett told InsideTennessee.com in a recent interview. "When one man goes down someone else has to step up."

Baggett expressed confidence in his freshmen wide receivers and felt that they are ready to play.

"Obviously when you have to play freshmen it's a concern," Baggett said. "One good thing about it, they got some experience in the last game, they got their feet wet. I have a lot of confidence in them I think Coach Dooley does, too. I think once when they are in the game they will perform well."

Baggett was speaking about true freshmen Da'Rick Rogers, Justin Hunter and Matt Milton. Milton has gained the most experience of the three by enrolling at mid-semester; it was Rogers who caught his first pass as a Vol against UT Martin.

"It's hard for a young kid to come in at the college level and have a lot of success," Baggett said. "The three we have are a little different. They are special athletes who I have a lot of confidence in. The more they play the better these guys are going to get."

Baggett also was pleased by the play of his other senior wideout, Denarius Moore.

"We knew Denarius could run some," Baggett said. "It's always great to see them do it out on the field. He had a great game. I think he will be ready to go, he came back today and should be ready for Oregon."

While Dooley has named sophomore Zack Rogers as the starter in replace of Jones, the young guns are expected to see a lot of action.

"They are a special group," Baggett said. "They are definitely fun to watch."


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