Dynamic duo

Charlie Baggett, who coached a lot of NFL receivers before joining Tennessee's staff last winter, won't be surprised if two current Vols are playing for pay this time next year.

The wideouts in question are seniors Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore.

Jones has 127 career receptions, good for fifth place on UT's all-time list. He is the kind of clutch possession receiver who could fit well in a pro attack that relies heavily on a short passing game. Since recovering from a hand injury that caused him to miss Games 2, 3 and 4, Jones has caught 34 passes for 344 yards. Twenty-two of the 34 grabs produced first downs, with 13 of those being third-down conversions.

"Gerald is just the kind of guy that makes plays," Baggett said. "They're sometimes not noticed because they're not big plays or long gains but he moves the sticks on third down. He can play inside (slot), he can play outside, he can return punts and kickoffs. He has a lot of abilities that the NFL looks for, and I'm sure he'll have an opportunity to showcase some of his talents."

Jones lacks the breakaway speed NFL teams prize but his versatility reminds his position coach of a wideout Baggett coached during his days with the Minnesota Vikings.

"For a guy like Gerald to hang around in The League you've got to be able to play special teams," the Vol aide said. "I've talked to Gerald about that. I think he can do it but he's going to have to do more special teams in the NFL in order to hang around as a backup receiver. I think he understands that.

"There's a guy from Stanford, Chris Walsh, that played for the Vikings for about six years and did a hell of a job on special teams, made a career of it. It just depends on what club Gerald gets with, who the other receivers are on the team and how he fits in. I just hope he gets an opportunity."

Moore has 1,730 receiving yards at Tennessee and needs just 18 vs. Kentucky this Saturday to slip past Donte' Stallworth and into 10th place on the Vols' career list in that category. Unlike Jones, Moore has blazing speed that has NFL scouts envisioning him as a home-run threat.

"That's what they're saying now," Baggett said. "They like the way he runs. Anytime you can run you've got an opportunity to play in that league."

Moore isn't as polished as Jones but he's a physical guy (6-0, 190) with big-play capabilities. He reminds Baggett of a rough-around-the-edges wideout he coached during his stint in Green Bay.

"When I was with the Packers I coached Donald Driver, who ended up being pretty good," Baggett said. "He was real raw coming into the league but he was built like Denarius and could run like Denarius, and he's turned into a pretty doggone good player.

"I wouldn't compare Denarius to Donald Driver because Donald's a great player but Denarius does have some of the same skills."

Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore will run through the "T" for the final time prior to Saturday's regular-season finale. The next time the Vol Nation sees them they may be playing on Sundays instead of Saturdays.

"I think they have that kind of ability," Baggett said. "I don't think they're first-round draft choices but I think they will have an opportunity to go into training camp and make a club somewhere in the NFL."

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