Hot news from Day 1

Day 1 of preseason football was a bad day for Tennessee defensive tackles. To wit:

• Head coach Phil Fulmer said he has extended the suspension of defensive tackle Matt McGlothlin to one full year. McGlothlin, a former walk-on who was awarded a scholarship last winter, was suspended in the spring for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

• Fulmer annouced that Greg Jones, another defensive tackle, will be redshirted this fall. Jones' academic standing has slipped since he lost several family members in a tragic car crash last fall, but Fulmer said he has ''a good chance to qualify'' for eligibility. The head man noted that the redshirting of the 6-6, 300-pounder is ''not just an academic issue.''

• Fulmer said that Demonte Bolden, a prep All-America defensive tackle from Chattanooga, has not yet been granted eligibility by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

With McGlothlin suspended, Jones redshirted and Bolden a longshot to get in school, Fulmer noted ''That leaves us short at defensive tackle.''

With a glut of talent at defensive end and a severe depth problem at D-tackle, Fulmer said two of his ends ''will get looked at at defensive tackle.'' The head man mentioned no names but the best bets appear to be Jared Hostetter and Jason Hall. Hostetter finished spring listed third-team at left end. Hall was bracketed first-team with senior Karlton Neal at the end of spring ball. At 265 pounds each, Hostetter and Hall are UT's heftiest ends.

In other news ...

• Freshman punter Britton Colquitt has been reinstated to the team. He was suspended last fall following several arrests on charges related to alcohol. The younger brother of Vol punter Dustin Colquitt, Brittin has been doing community service and getting alcohol counseling in recent months. Fulmer said he is ''very happy with what he's gotten done.''

• Freshman running back Arian Foster, like Bolden, has not yet been approved for eligibility by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Foster is believed to have a shot at getting in school, however, whereas Bolden is considered a real longshot.

Robert Boulware is being moved from cornerback to safety, where the Vols are looking to replace 2003 starters Gibril Wilson and Rashad Baker. Fulmer also he plans to ''see where James Banks is in that (safety) mix.'' Banks was projected as a starting wideout until he was suspended for the first three games following a recent citation for underage alcohol consumption and violating Knoxville's noise ordinance.

• Senior center Chuck Prugh, who nearly died from a combination of health problems last fall, has been cleared to practice. However, Fulmer said Prugh will be limited in some periods because Vol staffers ''don't want to set him back.'' Jason Respert enters preseason drills as the first-team center. Fulmer said Rob Smith ''also can play center,'' and that he hopes to have Arron Sears snap some in preseason. ''I like to have four or five guys who can handle that (center duties),'' the head man said.

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