Irish tight end can play

Notre Dame tight end Anthony Fasano is easy to locate. He's the 6-4, 253-pounder wearing jersey No. 88 and running free in the secondary.

Fasaon, who will display his talents Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium, may be the finest tight end Tennessee has faced this year. He ranks second on Notre Dame's team with 19 recrptions and leads the Fighting Irish with a 15.1 yards-per-catch average. His longest catch covered 42 yards and he has scored two touchdowns to date.

In short, he's a handful.

''He's really good,'' Vol defensive coordinator John Chavis said this week. ''They get the ball to him, and he does a lot of things. He could be (the best UT has faced). He's an outstanding player.

''But they've got four tight ends they play a good bit. That's a big part of their offense.''

Asked how Notre Dame utilizes Fasano to exploit his talents, Chavis became uncharacteristically evasive.

''There's not a lot that I'm going to comment on,'' the coordinator said. ''Matchup-wise, we'd like to have a safety on him, rather than a linebacker, because he runs well. But that's about all I'm going to say from that standpoint. He's a good player, and they use him well in their offense.''

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