Grid Notes

Tennessee offensive coordinator Randy Sanders has input into personnel changes on offense. But he got overruled by the head coach on one switch.

And Sanders couldn't be happier.

Fulmer wanted to move a strong, quick defensive lineman to offense.

``He wanted to move Cory Anderson to fullback,'' Sanders said. ``I didn't necessarily agree from what I'd seen. But he (Fulmer) was absolutely right with that one. I'm not beyond admitting I was wrong.''

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Anderson has developed into arguably the SEC's best fullback. He's a punishing blocker and can catch the ball out of the backfield. His 17 catches last season were the most for a non-wide receiver. He averaged 9.2 yards per catch and turned two into touchdowns.

For the most part, Sanders said, he and Fulmer are on the same page when it comes to position changes.

``At times, it's really worked,'' Sanders said. ``At times, looking back in hindsight, we wish we wouldn't have done it.''

The move of Anderson ranks with the best UT has made for the offense in five years.

You've got to go back 10 years for the best move made on defense, according to defensive coordinator John Chavis.

``Moving Leonard Little to defensive end,'' Chavis said when asked about his best defensive move. ``Obviously, you're taking a big, big chance when you take a 210-pounder and ask him to do that.''

Little was an outside linebacker. He was vastly undersized at the time for a defensive end, but he was such a terrific speed pass rusher, Chavis rolled the dice.

While I disagree with UT's move of Little to middle linebacker in 1997, Chavis said the Vols wouldn't have won the SEC without that switch.

I would have moved Al Wilson from outside linebacker to the mike, a move the Vols made a year later. Wilson was a much better inside linebacker than Little.

Chavis said Fulmer isn't afraid to shuffle the deck with personnel.

``If a guy is a good athlete and not playing and Phillip thinks he can help, he'll move him,'' Chavis said.

* It's natural for some to suspect that Tony McDaniel got special treatment for his one-punch knockout of Edward D. Goodrich.

After all, McDaniel is a football player, and football is big in Tennessee.

But McDaniel got no preferential treatment from the court system, according to an assistant district attorney. In fact, the punishment was worse than most.

John Gill said most first-time offenders in McDaniel's shoes get judicial diversion. McDaniel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault but didn't get diversion, meaning the charge will be a part of his permanent record.

``Football players are treated harsher than most because there is more attention, a more thorough investigation and more scrutiny,'' said Gill, also noting the negative publicity directed at an athlete.

``Football players get treated harsher.''

A high-ranking official at the University of Tennessee was asked the same question: Did McDaniel get preferential treatment over a regular student by not being suspended for the spring or fall semester. He said he couldn't find another similar case that would indicate whether athletes get special treatment over non-athletes.

* Hamilton said he agreed with McDaniel's punishment of being suspended for the first two games of the season, citing that he was suspended from spring football and had no prior problems.

``Discipline needs to be painful,'' Hamilton said. `` The most painful punishment is taking away the game they love.''

Hamilton said he reserves the right to enforce lesser or greater penalties.

``Part of the education process is making mistakes and learning from those mistakes,'' Hamilton said. ``Our charge is to take kids and turn them into men before they leave.''


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