''Us making the moves in the secondary will definitely help us,'' head coach Phil Fulmer said. ''Those kids are fighters and tough guys. They'll have to be in this football game.''
The head man said the promotion of sophomore Wade and true freshman Hefney should help in both the short-term and long-term, adding: ''We like the fight those guys bring to the table.''
The revamped Vol secondary won't face a better passer all year than Leak. Only a sophomore, he already is being mentioned as an All-America and Heisman Trophy candidate.
''He knows where he's going with the football better,'' Fulmer said. ''He gets himself out of trouble and makes plays ... gets the ball out pretty fast. He knows what he's going, which is only natural as he matures.''
It's a safe bet that Leak will pick on Hefney and Wade, neither of whom has ever started a college game at cornerback.
Fulmer noted that Wade ''certainly has the ability to be a good player but, from a mindset standoint, needs to continue to be tougher. It's not his nature, but he's got to make himself be.''