Rashad's ready ... but not vengeful

Vol defensive tackle Rashad Moore grew up in Huntsville, Ala., so Saturday night's game with the Alabama Crimson Tide carries a little extra meaning for him. But the main motivator is boosting Tennessee's record, not settling any scores with his homestate university.

''It's important from a team aspect for me to win this game for my team,'' he said. ''It's not a personal thing. Alabama recruited me, just like everybody else did. It's another SEC school, so we've got to go out and win.''

Tennessee has won seven straight from Alabama, and stands 3-0 since Moore joined the Vol camp in 1999. If the Big Orange can prevail this weekend, Moore can boast that he never lost to the Crimson Tide. Again, though, he downplays that as an incentive.

''It's a good thing to be able to look back and say 'I beat Alabama all four years I played,' but who's to say I'm going to be able to say that?'' he said. ''This is going to be a real big challenge for us because Alabama has a real good football team.'' Like Tennessee, Alabama has lost two games this season. The Tide's losses, however, were to Oklahoma and Georgia -- two teams ranked in the top five nationally. And Bama is coming off a 42-7 shellacking of Ole Miss, so the Tide poses a serious challenge. ''They've got a real good offense,'' Moore said. ''They've got the most talented offensive line we're going to see this year probably. It's going to be a real good challenge for us. They've got a real good running game, a real good quarterback ... just real good players all around.''

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