Allen's secure at safety

Tennessee's coaching staff took a big chance last week by moving its best cover cornerback to free safety. Whilte the switch of junior Jason Allen no doubt strengthens the Vols at safety, it leaves them with two first-time starters at cornerback.

No one knows how the move will work out but Allen says he has put in extra time to adjust to the new outpost.

''I'm watching more film and taking more notes than I was the whole time I was at cornerback,'' he said. ''There's a lot more mental stuff than at corner.''

Allen played some at safety early last year, then abandoned the position once he won a starting job at cornerback. Still, the limited experience he had at safety should help him a bit when he starts there in Saturday night's game with Florida.

''I didn't play that much safety last year but I got my first interception there,'' he said. ''I guess that helps a little bit, but not too much.''

Asked if there are any advantages to playing safety vs. cornerback, Allen paused thoughtfully before replying: ''I guess I get to see the whole field and read the quarterback's eyes a little more. And I get more free shots on the receivers after they get the ball in mid-air, so I guess that's an advantage.''


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