Players to watch: Week 5

In this week's edition of 'Players to watch' InsideTennessee breaks down who you need to stay on the lookout for this Saturday. Be sure to come back each week for a breakdown of cornerstones in each Tennessee matchup.

The Tennessee Volunteers will welcome the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday night for their second conference showdown of 2011.

Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. (TV: ESPN2)

In this week's edition of "Players to watch," InsideTennessee gives you a glance at who will need to be a factor in order for their team to get through the game unscathed.


Orson Charles (junior, tight end)

Charles is the Vols worst nightmare. He brings an element that Tennessee hasn't seen yet. With their young linebackers he is going to stretch the field and challenge Justin Wilcox's defense.

In 2011, the Dogs tight end is their second leading receiver with 256 yards and four touchdowns. The Vols must find and answer to cover Charles or it is going to be a very long day.

Isaiah Crowell (freshman, running back)

The Bulldogs tailback looks like anything but a freshman. Crowell is a physical runner that can hit the hole with authority behind his massive offensive line. He has accounted for 515 yards in two touchdowns through five games.

The Vols haven't seen the type of downhill running game that they are going to see on Saturday. It is going to be an extreme challenge for Tennessee's undersized defensive line.

TBD (unknown, OLB)

Interesting right? I can't tell you who can fill the void left by junior outside linebacker Cornelius Washington who was arrested Sunday morning for DUI.

Washington was leading the charge for the Bulldogs defense with 3.5 sacks in the last two games. They will need to find a way to pressure Tyler Bray so he doesn't pick apart the defense.


Tyler Bray (sophomore, quarterback)

Tyler Bray's numbers have been completely insane during the 2011 season, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions, but both interceptions came against their only SEC opponent, Florida.

Bray, like Dooley, still needs to prove that he can get the job done against upper-level competition. He has performed how he should against the Vols weaker opponents. Now it's time to prove he has what it takes against the big boys.

Allan Carson (freshman, defensive tackle)

Carson, a true freshman, is the Volunteers biggest option at defensive tackle and was moved into the two-deep rotation this week. With Georgia's size along the entire offensive line he is going to have to make an impact.

The big man doesn't need to get to the quarterback as much as he needs to occupy space and take up blocks. Carson must make sure the big boys up front don't get to the next level so the Vols backers can make plays.

Prentiss Waggner (junior, defensive back)

Waggner is at safety right now, but with the emergence of Brian Randolph it is giving the junior freedom to do more things in the Vols offense. I would guess that he could move to the nickel corner in the specialty package.

I suspect they will use Waggner to cover Orson Charles. He is one of the Vols best cover guys and will need to show up big in order for Tennessee to come out with a win.

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