Tinsley the No. 2 receiver?

Tennessee's search for a complement to star receiver <a target='_new' href='http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=7&p=8&c=1&nid=316403&yr=2002'>Kelley Washington</a> may be turning toward <a target='_new' href='http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=7&p=8&c=1&nid=316384&yr=2002'>Derrick Tinsley</a>. The sophomore tailback/wideout caught four passes for 46 yards in Saturday's 35-14 defeat of Rutgers, including a 14-yard touchdown grab.

''Coach Fulmer's been telling everybody that a receiver needed to step up,''
Tinsley said. ''They (Scarlet Knights) were double-teaming Kelley, and that
gave me an opportunity, and I think I showed myself there.''

Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders says it's far too early to proclaim
Tennessee's search for a No. 2 receiver ended, however.

''Derrick is really effective when we can get him matched up on linebackers
and safeties,'' offensive coordinator Randy Sanders said. ''I don't think
he's necessarily the No. 2 receiver when he starts having to run routes on
corners. That sort of changes the game a little.

''If we can get him matched up and get what he gave us (vs. Rutgers), that's
a big bonus for us.''


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