Hall, Fellows step up

Two of Tennessee's most unsung defenders have been two of the Vols' most impressive performers in recent days.

Jason Hall, a 6-3, 260-pound senior defensive end, recorded 2½ sacks among his four tackles in Tuesday night's final preseason scrimmage. He also had two sacks in scrimmage No. 2 last Saturday night. Clearly, this guy knows how to get to the passer.

Another unheralded player who appears primed for a big season in 2005 is cornerback Roshaun Fellows. The 6-0, 184-pound sophomore lost his first-team left cornerback job to Jonathan Wade following a sub-par showing in UT's first full-scale scrimmage but regained it days later when Wade suffered a hip flexor.

Clearly determined to keep the job this time, Fellows turned in two of the best defensive plays of Tuesday night's scrimmage. First, he outbattled Bret Smith to intercept an Erik Ainge pass. Later, he made a spectacular leaping pass breakup to separate Robert Meachem from the football.

"He had a nice pick," head coach Phillip Fulmer said of Fellows. "Roshaun got beat out the first week of camp. Then Jon Wade got hurt, and Roshaun's played a lot better since then. Competition usually will make you better."

Hall and Fellows certainly have competition. Talented sophomore Antonio Reynolds is pressing Hall for playing time at end, while Wade will continue challenging for Fellows' first-team berth once he returns from injury.

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