Jones and Wade might have had greater impact on offense if they hadn't spent much of the afternoon playing defense. Both saw considerable action as extra defensive backs in Tennessee's Mustang (six-DB) package. The Vols played the Mustang a lot, since Fresno had no success running the ball.
Fulmer conceded that Jones and Wade ''played at least as many plays on defense as offense.'' Also, both men played on special teams.
''I was really pleased with the conditioning of the team,'' Fulmer said. ''Those two had to be in particularly good shape.''
Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders hinted that the availability of Jones and Wade on offense might've helped UT put up some more points.
''We played almost the whole second half without Mark Jones on offense,'' Sanders said. ''I don't know how many snaps he got but it wasn't more than four, five, six the second half. Jonathan Wade ... the same way. They played probably 40 snaps of defense, cramped up and were pretty much done for us.
''Tony Brown and Derrick Tinsley were picking up the slack, then they got gassed. A lot of times in the fourth quarter, we were out of receivers and out of linemen ... just getting the game over.''
Fulmer conceded that he ''tried to rest them (Jones and Wade) more on offense than we were able to on defense.'' Ideally, he said he'd like to split the duo's snaps roughly 50-50 on offense and defense. For that to happen, though, he said, ''We need those young (freshman) safeties to help us -- (Jarod) Parrish and (Corey) Campbell.''
INJURY UPDATE: Fulmer said that reserve tailback Gerald Riggs Jr., who sprained an ankle vs. Fresno, is ''probably questionable'' for this Saturday's game with Marshall, adding: ''He was limping around pretty good today.'' Safety Gibril Wilson also sprained an ankle but is expected to be back in time for Game 2.