Mahelona rated No. 2 at DT

Tennessee boasts two of the NCAA's premier defensive linemen, according to the experts at collegefootballnews.com.

The popular website lists Jesse Mahelona as the second-best tackle and Parys Haralson as the fourth-best end in its ongoing rankings of the game's top 25 players at each position.

Here's what CFN.com has to say about Mahelona, who is listed behind only LSU's Kyle Williams among tackles:

"Mahelona came in from the JUCO ranks and immediately dominated as a tremendous interior pass rusher and anchor of the line. His experience turned into a godsend for the young line, becoming the focus of everyone's blocking scheme. He's a smart player with the athleticism of a defensive end."

And here's what CFN.com has to say about Haralson:

"The 248-pound Haralson was a leader both on the field and in the locker room as a team captain and also a big-time pass rusher with 21 quarterback pressures along with seven sacks. He's a flash coming around the end, but he's also stout against the run."

Tennessee's Kevin Simon is ranked 11th among the nation's linebackers by the same source. Vol teammate Omar Gaither is rated 27th. Due to an apparent glut of talent at the position, CFN expanded its linebacker rankings from 25 players to 30.

CFN.com's top five linebackers are: 1. A.J. Hawk of Ohio State, 2. Ahmad Brooks of Virginia, 3. Chad Greenway of Iowa, 4. Spencer Havner of UCLA and 5. Abdul Hodge of Iowa. Auburn's Travis Williams is No. 7. Other SEC players recognized were Moses Osemwegie of Vanderbilt (No. 20), DeMeco Ryans of Alabama (No. 23) and Patrick Willis of Ole Miss (No. 29).

CFN.com's top five defensive tackles are: 1. Williams of LSU, 2. Mahelona of UT, 3. Rodrique Wright of Texas, 4. Gabe Watson of Michigan, 5. Claude Wroten of LSU. Florida's Ray McDonald is rated No. 15 and Auburn's Tommy Jackson is No. 16.

CFN.com's top five defensive ends are: 1. Mathias Kiwanuka of Boston College, 2. Stanley McClover of Auburn, 3. Mario Williams of North Carolina State, 4. Haralson of UT and 5. Ray Edwards of Purdue. Other SEC players mentioned were Willie Evans of Mississippi State (No. 16) and Quentin Groves of Auburn (No. 17). Larry McSwain of UAB, Tennessee's opening foe on Sept. 3, is rated No. 20.


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