Demetrice may be part-time receiver

Tennessee football fans attending Saturday's Orange & White Game actually saw a safety line up at wide receiver and catch a short pass. They may see more of the same this fall.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer was asked afterward if he might use rising sophomore Demetrice Morley as a pass receiver again during the 2006 season.

"I'd like to if we need to," the coach replied.

Fulmer went on to note that first-team free safety Jonathan Hefney also may get a look as a part-time receiver and that speedy first-team cornerback Jonathan Wade, a converted wideout, "might run a reverse."

What is the coach looking for from these defensive backs?

"Playmakers," Fulmer said.

Although he hopes a defensive back or two can provide some part-time punch at wide receiver, the head man believes the pass-catching corps made progress during the just-completed spring practice.

"The receivers were better," Fulmer said. "They're blocking their rears off and they're catching it more consistently. They're trying to do more things with the football after they catch it."

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