Fresno has UT's attention

Word that CBS Sports is picking <!--Default NodeId For Fresno State is 642,2003--><A HREF=http://fresnostate.TheInsiders.com>Fresno State</A> to upset <!--Default For Tennessee is to ignore-->Tennessee in their Aug. 30 football opener brought a smile to the face of Vol safety <!--Default NodeId For Rashad Baker is 670348,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:670348]>Rashad Baker</A>.

''That's cool,'' he said following Tuesday's practice. ''A lot of that is going off what we did last year and what Fresno State has. Once we line up in the stadium we're going to see what happens.''

What Fresno State has is one of the most potent passing attacks in the college game. The Bulldogs feature a fine quarterback in Paul Pinegar and some of the most talented pass-catchers UT will face all season. Thus, Baker and his pals in the Vol secondary know they must be ready for a stern test in Game 1.

''There is definitely a sense of urgency with Fresno State having one of the top receiving corps in the nation,'' Baker said. ''With that, we definitely have to be prepared for them.''

Baker and fellow senior Gibril Wilson give Tennessee perhaps the top safety tandem in college football. The problem is at cornerback, where the top candidates are senior Jabari Greer (a parttime starter last fall), sophomore Jason Allen, redshirt freshman Antwan Stewart and juco transfer Brandon Johnson. Based on what he's seen, Baker thinks the cornerback position will be just fine.

''I feel real good,'' he said. ''Jabari's going to do the job that he's asked. Jabari's a complete player, and he's going to show that this year, I believe. Jason Allen is a real physical corner. He'll get after you ... I believe he's going to be a good player, along with Antwan Stewart and BJ (Johnson).''


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