Mayo wins national award

Tennessee sophomore linebacker Jerod Mayo started against Florida Sept. 17, 2005, then had to be patient for 50 weeks before making his second career start Saturday evening. The results proved well worth the wait, however.

Mayo was tabbed Sunday as the Walter Camp national defensive player of week for his performance in the Vols' 35-18 Game 1 defeat of No. 9 California. The 6-2, 230-pounder finished the opener with 7 tackles, including 3 sacks for 20 yards in losses. He also broke up a pass.

FULMER SALUTES CROWD: Saturday's announced crowd of 106,009 was about 1,000 shy of capacity but it made up in decibels what it lacked in bodies.

"I think everybody was hyped for this game – to get the Vols back on track and realign the stars, the way things are supposed to be," head coach Phillip Fulmer said on his Sunday teleconference. "The fans were out early. The band was jacked up during pre-game, got the crowd into it. We had more students behind our bench, thank goodness.

"It was wonderful … a great evening for the Volunteers."

INJURY REPORT: The Vols came out of Game 1 relatively healthy. Senior receiver Bret Smith suffered a concussion and senior defensive tackle Matt McGlothlin suffered some back spasms.

Fulmer expects both players to be in gear for Game 2 against Air Force, scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff this Saturday. Fulmer believes Smith will be on the practice field pretty soon but added, "How quickly he gets back we'll see."

McGlothlin's back "tightened up during the course of the game," Fulmer noted, adding that he thinks the 6-foot, 300-pounder "should be fine after a couple of days."

STAT CORRECTION: The UT sports information office inadvertently credited quarterback Erik Ainge with completing 11 of 17 passes Saturday, while backup Jonathan Crompton reportedly completed 2 of 3. In fact, one of Ainge's incompletions was mistakenly charged to Crompton. Ainge actually was 11 of 18 and Crompton 2 of 2.

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