Being a native of Warner Robbins, Ga., Vol center Jason Respert took a lot
of grief when he signed with Tennessee almost five years ago ... and he has
taken even more grief since then. That's because he has never beaten his
homestate university. The Bulldogs have whipped the Vols four years in
''I hope to change that this year,'' Respert said, grinning broadly. ''If we
go out and don't help 'em, (with turnovers) we've got a good chance.''
As the Georgia winning streak grew, so did the grief he heard back home.
''I've always taken grief,'' Respert said with a laugh. ''But that's part of
it. I understand that.''
Of course, a victory Saturday in Athens would allow him to give the grief
for a while.
''It's always nice to give it,'' he said. ''It's better to give than to
Although the Vols lost six turnovers in last Saturday's 34-10 loss to
Auburn, Respert believes the offense is making steady progress under
freshman quarterbacks Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer.
''I'm encouraged,'' he said. ''I like seeing the different defenses we've
faced. That's great for us as an offense. Georgia runs multiple defenses, so
anything they can throw at us we've seen before. That's good to know.''