Montrell making a move?

No Vol wants to beat Kentucky this weekend moreso than wide receiver Montrell Jones, a Bluegrass native who hails from Louisville. And Jones may play a key role in the game, based on his quality play in last Saturday's 24-0 defeat of Vanderbilt.

Although Tennessee relied heavily on the running game vs. the Commodores, Jones still caught three balls for 37 yards. Two of the catches -- a 12-yarder and a 17-yarder -- sparked Tennessee's drive to a third-quarter field goal.

''I'm doing a better job getting open,'' he said. ''I'm running my routes better and Casey (Clausen) is hitting me. Your quarterback has to have confidence in you, and I feel like Casey's gaining that in me.''

Although Clausen struggled a bit vs. Vandy after missing the previous week's game against Mississippi State due to foot and ankle problems, Jones thought the junior QB had a significant impact on the game.

''With Casey back, things went smoother,'' he said. ''We knew with Casey back, we could take our advantages in the passing game.''

The Vols will need to take advantage of just about every opportunity against Kentucky, which has probably 10 times the offensive firepower of the hapless Commodores.

''Against a team like Kentucky, you're going to have to score points to win,'' Jones said. ''They're improving each game.''

Being a native Kentuckian, facing the Big Blue is a big deal for Jones.

''Oh, it's big,'' he said. ''With me being from Kentucky, I look forward to the challenge. We're going to put together a good game plan, hopefully, and be ready for them when they come to Neyland.''


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