Fall football camp notebook

First-year Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley has awarded scholarships to three walk-ons. Interestingly enough, all three are in-state products.

The three are Nick Guess of Farragut, Tyler Wolf of Cookeville and Minor Bowens of Memphis.

Guess, a 6-2, 215-pound junior, will handle the deep-snapping responsibilities on punts and placements. He saw action in one game last fall as the chief backup to three-year starter Morgan Cox. As a senior at Farragut High, Guess was rated the No. 3 deep snap prospect in America by Ray Guy's Prokicker.com website.

Wolf, a 5-11, 202-pound senior, is battling for the backup job at free safety behind Janzen Jackson. Wolf recorded 10 special-teams tackles in 2009, ranking second to Eric Berry in that category.

Bowens, a 6-3, 293-pound senior, spent a year at Tennessee State University after completing high school at Memphis Ridgeway. He sat out 2008 as a transfer, then moved from defensive tackle to guard in 2009 but did not see game action. He has returned to defensive tackle this preseason.

TRANSFER ELIGIBILITY

Bowens is among seven Vols who began their careers at other colleges. Four of them are eligible to play this fall.

Bowens and 6-2, 218-pound senior tight end Charles Karlosky (Tennessee Tech) are eligible because they already sat out a transfer season.

Malik Jackson, a 6-5, 265-pound junior defensive end from Southern Cal, is eligible by virtue of an NCAA waiver for players leaving USC during its probationary period.

Keensen Chambers, a 6-5, 260-pound sophomore defensive end from UConn, is eligible because he played for a Div. III school before enrolling at UT.

The Vols are still awaiting word on the status of 6-4, 254-pound senior tight end Brent Slusher, who began his college career at Auburn.

Two transfers must sit out the 2010 season before becoming eligible in 2011. They are 6-2, 190-pound redshirt freshman quarterback Doak Raulston (Louisiana Tech) and 6-1, 178-pound sophomore receiver DeMario Williams (Middle Tennessee).

GOAL-LINE DEFENSE

Based on the portion of Sunday's practice reporters were allowed to watch, it appears that Tennessee's first-team goal-line defense consists of linemen Chris Walker, Steven Fowlkes, Minor Bowens, Arthur Jeffery, Montori Hughes and Malik Jackson, linebackers Nick Reveiz, Austin Johnson, Daryl Vereen and Greg King, plus freshman safety Brent Brewer.

The No. 2 goal-line defense appeared to consist of linemen Willie Bohannon, Rae Sykes, Victor Thomas, freshman Greg Clark, freshman Corey Miller, freshman Jacques Smith, linebackers King, Vereen, Herman Lathers and Savion Frazier, safeties Brewer and freshman Dontavis Sapp.

A PAIR TO WATCH

He was the least heralded of Tennessee's offensive line signees, earning a No. 80 ranking among tackle prospects from Scout.com, yet Marques Pair is running second-team at the Vols' all-important left tackle spot this fall.

Pair is a 6-6, 275-pounder from Sumter, S.C.

The rest of the second-team O-line consists of redshirt freshman Daniel Hood of Knoxville (right tackle), sophomore Carson Anderson of Florence, Ala. (right guard), sophomore Darin Gooch of Reno, Nev. (center) and redshirt freshman Kevin Revis of Evensville (left guard).


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