Hughes a huge surprise

Tennessee alumnus and NFL superstar Albert Haynesworth paced the Neyland Stadium sidelines during Saturday's Vol scrimmage, watching perhaps the next Albert Haynesworth in his football infancy.

Mid-term freshman Montori Hughes has a long way to go to be the caliber of defensive tackle Haynesworth is, but the massive man/child certainly closed the gap with his stellar play earlier today.

"Montori again today was just dominant," head coach Lane Kiffin said. "There was a pretty big guy on the sidelines today named Haynesworth, and I saw those two guys around each other, and they're built about the same."

At 6-4 and 312 pounds, Hughes is two inches shorter and perhaps 20 pounds lighter than Haynesworth. But the Vol freshman certainly put on a Haynesworth-type performance in this scrimmage.

"He was unblockable," Kiffin said. "We played him in a lot of head-up techniques, where he was just knocking the guard back like they (Tennessee Titans) did with Albert. It was pretty cool to see him dominate like that, then see the best in the world 10 yards away watching."

Hughes was certainly dominant in one stretch midway through the scrimmage – batting down a B. J. Coleman pass and blasting freshman tailback Toney Williams for a two-yard loss a few plays later.

Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, though not prone to lavish praise, clearly is pleased with the burly freshman's performance this spring.

"He's coming," the Vol aide said. "He's made a lot of progress since he got here. He was real raw when he got here. He was learning the system, losing weight, getting in shape. I think he's got a chance."

He's got a chance, all right.

A chance to start as a freshman.

A chance to develop into a top-notch SEC tackle.

A chance to be a dominant force for Tennessee's defense.

And, if Lane Kiffin is correct, a chance to rekindle memories of Albert Haynesworth.

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