Hannon making his move

For two years Tennessee football fans have been waiting for receiver Chris Hannon's performance to catch up to his potential. That time may be at hand.

Hannon caught eight passes for 89 yards in last Saturday's 30-28 defeat of Florida. Coupled with his three-catch, 33-yard effort in Game 1 vs. Nevada-Las Vegas, the Florida flash leads the Vols in both catches (11) and receiving yards (122) after two games. Tony Brown (six catches, 82 yards) is a distant second in each category.

Clearly, Hannon's continued development is a key to Tennessee's hopes of winning the SEC East this fall.

''Hannon has gotten better and better,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said this week. ''He's become one of our go-to guys ... THE go-to guy, I guess.''

Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders is pleased with Hannon's early-season work but wants to see it continue for 11 games.

''Chris got off to a good start,'' Sanders said. ''We said before the season that Chris's biggest challenge this year was to be consistent -- to go out and produce like he had on the practice field. He's certainly done that the first two weeks. I just hope he doesn't think his job is done because we've still got nine games to go.''

Hannon had two big games in 2003 but each time drifted back into obscurity thereafter.

He caught five passes for 95 yards -- all in the fourth quarter -- in Game 5 at Auburn, then disappeared. He caught just five passes for 37 yards in Games 6, 7, 8 and 9 combined.

After catching four passes for 69 yards and three touchdowns in Game 10 vs. Mississippi State, he slumped again -- catching two balls in Game 11 and zero in Game 12. He bounced back in the Peach Bowl against Clemson, however, to catch four balls for 57 yards.

''I thought towards the end of last year he got to playing pretty good,'' Sanders said. ''We needed that because that was about the time James (Banks) injury started kicking in and slowing him down.''


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