Parys going home

Flora, Mississippi native Parys Haralson broke a lot of Ole Miss hearts when he picked Tennessee over the Rebels three years ago. Now he's hoping to break a few.

Haralson will be returning to his home state as an opposing player for the second time in his college career when the Vols visit Ole Miss Saturday night. He previously returned home in 2002, helping Tennessee beat Mississippi State 35-17 at Starkville.

Haralson, who starts at defensive end, is eager to return to his homestate, even as an opposing player.

''It's going to be a great experience,'' he said. ''I'll get to play in front of my family and friends and some of the guys I grew up with.''

Asked how many ticket requests he's gotten from family and friends, Haralson replied: ''I'm going to need an awful lot.''

Haralson feels confident heading to Oxford. After struggling in a Game 4 loss to Auburn, he and the rest of Tennessee's D-line bounced back with a strong shoting in a Game 5 upset of Georgia last weekend.

''I thought we played a wonderful game,'' he said. ''We played hard, kept the pressure on and did what we had to do. We made a lot of progress.''

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