Greer bounces back for UT

Junior cornerback Jabari Greer lost his starting job a few weeks ago but he figures to be one of Tennessee's key defenders this weekend against Kentucky's potent passing attack.

With Willie Miles still recovering from a pulled groin, Greer likely will make his second consecutive start at corner against the high-scoring Wildcats. That's a credit to Greer's resilience.

''You have a couple of ways of dealing with adversity,'' Vol secondary coach Larry Slade said. ''You can go ahead and get better or you can blame it on someone else. Jabari took the road to getting himself better. He realized what he needed to do to improve, and you saw the fruits of that (against Vanderbilt). From a character standpoint, that tells you volumes about Jabari and his ability to come back and fight.''

Greer performed superbly last weekend in a 24-0 shutout of Vanderbilt. When asked about his performance, however, he spoke of the secondary's success, rather than his own.

''We knew we had the athletes to go out and do it (shut down Vandy),'' he said. ''We had a goal and we went out and made it happen.''

Greer was equally humble when asked about being thrust into the starting job by injuries to Miles and safety Rashad Baker.

''You can never replace a Rashad Baker or a Willie Miles -- the leadership they bring onto the field,'' Greer said. ''We feel comfortable with them out there but when they go down, other people have to step up. Willie was out there every play (on the sidelines) helping me out and telling me what he was seeing. He was being a real team player.''


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