Anderson may play TB

If Arian Foster's injured knee doesn't heal soon, 6-3, 275-pound fullback Cory Anderson could be Tennessee's starting tailback Saturday at Notre Dame.

Foster rushed 25 times for 148 yards in last Saturday's game with South Carolina but injured his knee in the second half. He is making progress but is still listed "questionable" for Notre Dame.

"We're getting a second MRI on Arian," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We're not sure what his status is going to be. Hopefully, he'll be OK. He went back in to the (Carolina) game and played some (after the injury), so that's an encouraging sign."

Asked if second-team tailback David Yancey will start if Foster can't, Fulmer shook his head.

"We'll probably make an adjustment with Cory Anderson playing some tailback in some of the one-back sets," the Vol coach said. "Yancey, Ja'Kouri Williams and LaMarcus Coker would be in the mix."

Yancey carried three times for five yards vs. South Carolina, then gave way to Anderson, who carried twice for eight yards.

Williams has been slowed by a knee injury of his own. Coker is a true freshman who has not played all season. The Vols may be willing to burn his redshirt year, however, if they believe he can see meaningful action in the season's final four games.

Guard Rob Smith, who has started 20 consecutive games dating to the 2004 opener, is also questionable for the Notre Dame game. Smith has a shoulder injury.

Said Fulmer: "Ramon Foster and Anthony Parker will split time if he can't go."


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