Player perspectives

* Tennessee receivers coach Pat Washington said he's not ``overly concerned" that former Vol quarterback C.J. Leak is a graduate assistant at Florida.

Leak might know UT's signals and check calls, but the Vols will change those. Besides, Washington, a former Auburn quarterback, thinks that stuff is overrated.

``I remember once upon a time I was at this place in Alabama (Auburn) and we played a team from Tallahassee (Florida State)," Washington recalled. ``Maybe I shouldn't say this, but the headset wires switched and we were hearing the team from Tallahassee call their plays and we knew exactly what they were running and they still beat us 42-7. So sometimes it really doesn't matter if you know what's going on, if the other team is executing and doing the right things."

* UT offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens gave two different reasons as to why guards Cody Douglas and Ramon Foster didn't play physical against UAB.

``Cody seemed a little hesitant to me, almost like he was protecting himself not to get injured," Stephens said of his 330-pound senior. ``Ramon is a big tall guy (6-foot-6). He's got to get better pad leverage, got to get lower."

* Former UT linebacker Kevin Burnett referred to The Swamp as The Pond after the Vols won two in a row at Florida Field.

Asked about Burnett's reference, Haralson laughed. But he didn't bite.

``The Swamp is always gonna be The Swamp," Haralson said. ``Their fans are into it. Our fans are into it."

Allen said the fact that UT has won the last two games at Florida Field ``can help to a certain extent." But he added: ``You can't dwell on the past. We've got to prepare for this game, not the last two games."

Haralson said the key to victory is simple: ``We pretty much have to control the line of scrimmage."

* Quarterback Rick Clausen doesn't expect to be nervous as he gets his first career start in a hostile environment.

Clausen said the last time he was nervous was against Notre Dame in November.

``I hadn't gotten a lot of reps (in practice)," said Clausen, inserted into the game after Erik Ainge suffered a shoulder separation. ``I was prepared from a mental standpoint, but not from a physical standpoint."

* UT running back Gerald Riggs said he prefers night games. He really doesn't like playing at 12:30 p.m.

``A 12:30 game doesn't sit well with me," Riggs said. ``I'm not even awake until the second quarter."

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