Sears, Parker cleared to play

Two of Tennessee's first-team offensive linemen – left tackle Arron Sears and right guard Anthony Parker – have recovered sufficiently from injuries to be cleared for Saturday night's game against 10th-ranked Georgia in Athens.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer said following Thursday's practice that both Sears and Parker are expected to play.

"They worked out a little bit today and didn't do too much," Fulmer said. "Quite likely they won't be 100 percent, but they will give 100 percent effort. And we've worked those young ones to try and get them ready. We'll throw them in the fire and see what happens.

"We don't have anybody that's not ready to go."


Tennessee's success on third down could prove decisive against the Bulldogs. The Vols enter Saturday as the SEC leader and No. 2 team nationally in third-down conversions. UT made good on 11-of-16 chances last Saturday at Memphis to improve to 59.7 percent for the season (37-of-62), a figure that trails only Air Force (63.8 percent) in Division I-A.

Tennessee's 11 conversions were the most since going 11-of-18 against Marshall on Sept. 6, 2003.

Those lofty numbers certainly will be tested Saturday at Georgia, where the Bulldogs are holding opponents to a 24.2 percent conversion rate that leads the SEC and ranks sixth nationally. Georgia has allowed only 16 first downs in 66 third-down situations.

INJURY UPDATE (Georgia Week): No injuries that will prevent game participation.

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