Snap decision: Who's the center?

Junior guard Rob Smith says Tennessee's center position will be in capable hands this fall. He just isn't sure WHOSE.

Senior Richie Gandy was the projected starter until he tore an ACL last spring. He's healthy again but the stability of his surgically repaired knee is a concern to many Vol fans. With Gandy out last spring, David Ligon moved over from guard to fill the void. He performed well enough to share Most Improved Offensive Player recognition for the spring but he's a transplanted defensive lineman who has scarcely played in three years at UT, which also concerns many fans.

Although neither Gandy nor Ligon has a grip on the first-team job with the season less than a month away, Smith figures that's because they're equally competent.

"I'm fine with them. We've got two good centers," Smith said. "Richie's coming off knee surgery but he practiced all day yesterday (Friday) and nothing happened. And David improved so much last spring it's ridiculous.

"We've got two good ones. Whoever starts is going to be a really good center. I don't think we have a question at center at all."


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