Larkins may return punts, too

Tennessee's punt return game was a mixed bag Saturday night against Rutgers. <a target='_new' href='http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=7&p=8&c=1&nid=314672&yr=2002'>Rashad Baker</a> gained 18 yards on two runbacks but did an awful lot of juking that appeared to cost him yardage.

When Baker got banged up a bit, Mark Jones stepped in brilliantly and
returned three punts for 70 yards, including a 38-yarder to set up
Tennessee's final touchdown.

In spite of Jones' success, his handle on the job is tenous. Head coach
Phillip Fulmer would like for Corey Larkins, who currently handles Vol
kickoff returns, to assume the punt return duties, as well.

''Mark has done a good job for us but, really, the guy I want ... I want
Corey Larkins to be more consistent in practice,'' Fulmer said. ''I'd like
for him to be the guy, along with Mark Jones.''


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