Foster in select company

Tennessee sophomore tailback Arian Foster put together what appeared to be an impressive streak last season when he ended 2005 with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. In fact, he's in pretty rare company.

The San Diego native is just the fourth back in Tennessee football history to fashion such a running streak, joining Jay Graham (nine straight), Johnny Jones (six) and Chuck Webb (five). Names the likes of Travis Henry, Jamal Lewis, Reggie Cobb, Charlie Garner, James Stewart and Cedric Houston reached the 100-yard mark at least 10 times in their careers, but never over a consecutive stretch of five games or more.

After claiming the starting role last October, Foster gained 148 yards against South Carolina, 125 at Notre Dame, 132 against Memphis, 223 versus Vanderbilt and 114 at Kentucky. He is tied with Webb at five straight games reaching the century mark and could equal Jones with a solid effort Saturday against California.

Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Games

9 - Jay Graham, Sept. 23, 1995-Jan. 1, 1996

6 - Johnny Jones, Nov. 19, 1983-Sept. 22, 1984

5 - Chuck Webb, Oct. 21-Nov. 25, 1989

5 - Arian Foster, Oct. 29-Nov. 26, 2005 (current)

INJURY UPDATE (California Week): Probable - LB Jerod Mayo (ankle), OG Jacques McClendon (ankle), TB Ja'Kouri Williams (ankle); Questionable - LB LaMarcus Thompson (ankle); Out - DB Roshaun Fellows (shoulder); DE Walter Fisher (shoulder), DE Jared Hostetter (knee), OG Cameron Mayo (knee).

VOLS VERSUS TOP-TEN OPENING FOES

California visits Neyland Stadium this Saturday as the ninth-ranked team in the country according to the Associated Press' first poll of the year.

That makes the Golden Bears the eighth top-10 team in history to face Tennessee in a season opener and the first in 28 years to do so in Knoxville. UCLA also was ranked ninth when the Bruins blanked UT 13-0 to begin 1978.

The last time Tennessee faced a top-10 foe to begin a season was 1990, when eighth-ranked UT tied fifth-ranked Colorado 31-31 at the Pigskin Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Colorado went on to share the national title that season and Tennessee finished eighth after a 9-2-2 campaign that included an SEC championship and victory in the Sugar Bowl over Virginia.

Vols All-Time vs. Top 10 Season-Opening Foes

Date Opponent Rank Score

Sept. 27, 1958 at Auburn 3rd 0-13 L

Sept. 26, 1959 Auburn 3rd 3-0 W

Sept. 16, 1967 at UCLA 8th 16-20 L

Sept. 16, 1978 UCLA 9th 0-13 L

Sept. 5, 1981 at Georgia 10th 0-44 L

Sept. 14, 1985 UCLA 10th 26-26 T

Aug. 26, 1990 Colorado* 5th 31-31 T

* at Anaheim, Calif.

UT ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO SMOKING POLICY

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department announced changes Monday to the smoking policy in Neyland Stadium.

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in state buildings. The law, which went into effect in July, pertains to university facilities as well. In concert with the new legislation, smoking no longer will be allowed in the stadium except in the ramp areas and the Gate 21 plaza.

Smoking already was banned in the seating areas of the stadium. This change will prohibit smoking in the interior concourses of the stadium.


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