Tinsley honored by SEC

Junior wide receiver Derrick Tinsley earned Tennessee's fifth Southeastern Conference Player of the Week nod this season following his performance in Saturday's 10-6 victory at Miami. The Marietta, Ga., native was the league's special teams selectee after he recorded two special teams tackles and recovered the game-clinching fumble of a dropped punt with 1:44 to play.

Tinsley joins Dustin Colquitt, Jabari Davis and Casey Clausen as Tennessee honorees this season for the weekly honor. Colquitt twice has been named special teams selection, following the Sept. 6 win over Marshall and the Sept. 27 victory against South Carolina. Davis and Clausen earned offensive honors after the wins at Florida (Sept. 20) and Alabama (Oct. 25), respectively.

In addition to his special teams exploits, Tinsley also scored the game's only touchdown Saturday on a fourth-and-2 end around just before halftime.

''I made the move for Derrick to go to receiver to put him in position to make plays,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said.

Tinsley has emerged as an offensive threat over the last three games, scoring two touchdowns while gaining 79 yards on seven receptions. He caught a touchdown pass in the first overtime vs. Alabama, has rushed three times for 42 yards this season and recorded UT's long run twice (28 vs. Alabama, 12 vs. Miami). He also has four pass receptions for 37 yards during that span.

The special teams player did not have any offensive stats in the first six games.

''Some of it was his fault early in the year, some of it was our fault and some of it was nobody's fault because he had injuries and didn't get as involved as I intended,'' Fulmer said. ''We've made a concerted effort the last couple of weeks to see he's involved and he's made an effort to stay healthy and make plays when he's had a chance. That has turned out to be a nice combination, for him and for us.''


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