Chavis preps for Jumbo Jared

John Chavis' latest acting role is a real stretch ... literally.

Asked who Tennessee has capable of impersonating 300-pound Kentucky quarterback Jared Lorenzen in practice this week, the Vol defensive coordinator quipped: ''I was thinking about going out there myself and doing it ... but I'm not quite tall enough.''

Chavis is 5-11, Lorenzen 6-4.

All kidding aside, Chavis knows all too well that Kentucky's value-sized quarterback poses big problems. Lorenzen torched Tennessee for 405 passing yards and four touchdowns two years ago in Lexington as the Big Blue put a major scare into the Vols before bowing 38-35.

''He does a great job,'' Chavis said. ''He's a really good athlete. It's unfortunate that he's gone through so many coaching changes. He's got great skills. I think he's a guy that will play in the NFL.''

Lorenzen was signed by pass-happy Hal Mumme but played just one season under him. He spent the next two years learning the system of Guy Morris, who left following the 2002 season. This fall Rich Brooks is the head man, and Lorenzen has had to learn his third offensive scheme in four years.

Although Ron Hudson is in his first season as Kentucky's offensive coordinator, he is no stranger to Chavis. Hudson coordinated the offense at Kansas State, which whipped Tennessee 35-21 in the 2001 Cotton Bowl Game.

Asked if he has consulted that game film in an effort to prepare for this year's Kentucky offense, Chavis shook his head and lapsed into quip mode again:

''No. We burned that tape a long time ago.''

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