CFBnews.com likes Vol 'D'

Collegefootballnews.com thinks a lot more highly of Tennessee's defensive talent than the Vols' offensive talent heading into the 2004 season.

After tabbing just one Vol to its All-America offensive checklist on Monday -- Cedric Houston made the ''Watch List'' at running back -- CFBnews.com mentions four Vols in its All-America defensive analysis posted today.

Kevin Burnett and Kevin Simon make the 39-member watch list at linebacker. Three first-team A-As, three second-teamers and five honorable mentions were rated higher than the Vol duo.

Junior end Parys Haralson was among 43 watch-list defensive linemen and junior cornerback Jason Allen was among 51 watch-list defensive backs.

Vol sophomore James Wilhoit made the watch list for placekickers.

The only Vol to make anything higher than ''watch list'' in CFBnews.com's rankings was Dustin Colquitt. He was tabbed second-team All-America punter behind Southern Cal's Tom Malone.

Other SEC defenders honored were:

DEFENSIVE LINE

FIRST TEAM A-A: David Pollack (Georgia) and Marcus Spears (LSU)
HONORABLE MENTION A-A: Sweet Pea Burns (Kentucky)
WATCH LIST: Gerald Anderson (Georgia), Anthony Bryant (Alabama), Arrion Dixon (Arkansas), Jovan Haye (Vanderbilt), Moe Thompson (South Carolina), Kyle Williams (LSU). By the way, Memphis' Albert Means, whose recruitment by Alabama landed the Tide in the NCAA doghouse four years ago, made the ''watch list.''

LINEBACKER

HONORABLE MENTION A-A: Channing Crowder (Florida) and Odell Thurman (Georgia)
WATCH LIST: Moses Osemwegie (Vanderbilt), DeMeco Ryans (Bama), Lionel Turner (LSU)

DEFENSIVE BACK

FIRST TEAM A-A: Corey Webster (LSU)
SECOND TEAM A-A: Carlos Rogers (Auburn)
HONORABLE MENTION A-A: Thomas Davis (Georgia)
WATCH LIST: Muhammad Abdulla (Kentucky), LaRon Landry (LSU), Eric Oliver (Ole Miss) and Junior Rosegreen (Auburn).

PUNTER

HONORABLE MENTION A-A: Cody Ridgeway (Ole Miss)
WATCH LIST: Eric Wilber (Florida)

PLACEKICKER

SECOND TEAM A-A: Jonathan Nichols (Ole Miss)
HONORABLE MENTION A-A: Matt Leach (Florida)


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