Players prepare for UT-Martin

With UT-Martin only days away the Tennessee players are itching to take the field on Saturday. Go "Inside" this edition of InsideTennessee's practice notebook for all the latest concerning Vols football.

Bey on Volunteers' Radar

Derek Dooley said you used to laugh at his father, Vince Dooley, when he would amplify the talents of a lesser opponent. It now appears that Dooley is pumping similar thoughts into the mind of his players.

One player that Dooley appears to have pointed out to his players has been UT-Martin linebacker Josh Bey. Quarterback Matt Simms seems to think he will be seeing a lot of Martin's weak-side backer.

"They have a linebacker, #11 Bey, who is just an unbelievable athlete," said Simms. "He is all over the field. I anticipate finding him on every play."

Williams Making a Team Move

Gerald Williams fought through junior college ranks to get to Tennessee and looked as if he would have his breakout season at defensive end. The Tennessee senior is now looking at making a position move to defensive tackle.

The 6'3, 248-pound defensive lineman said he is open to the change and just wants to make an impact regardless of position.

"I would be selfish if I was pouting about moving positions," said Williams. "Defensive line is all the same to me. I am going to make my mark wherever I am at."

Williams also added that his position switch is mainly a package that is based on offensive personnel.

Simms Ready to Wear Orange

Matt Simms may have been a Volunteer for quite some time, but the new Volunteer hasn't been able to sport the traditional orange and white quite yet. Throughout fall camp Simms has been wearing a green non-contact jersey.

Saturday will mark the first time the young man gets to sport the orange and white of Tennessee and he couldn't be more excited.

"I am looking forward to getting out on the field and seeing the orange and white – and finally wearing orange for the first time," said Simms.

Hunter Still Absent

With only days until the Volunteers step on Shields-Watkins Field, freshman standout wide receiver Justin Hunter is still in limbo. The young Virginia Beach, Va., native is still awaiting results from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Derek Dooley has been vocal with his frustration concerning Hunter's case and absence of a SPEEDY and fair trial ... quarterback Matt Simms echoed Dooley's sentiments.

"We want everyone to participate and be involved in this first game," said Simms. "I know Justin is a little disappointed that he won't be able to participate, as of now, but hopefully sooner rather than later we will have him back."

Malik Jackson Starting on the Edge

Former USC transfer and new Tennessee Volunteer Malik Jackson is defying all the odds, at least according to ex-coach, Ed Orgeron. When Jackson told his former coach he was leaving USC for Rocky Top he was told the players in front of him in Knoxville were better than he was and he wouldn't see the field.

Jackson said let those words flew in one ear and out the other, and now the new Vol is atop the Volunteers' defensive end depth chart.

"Yes it is because I worked so hard for it, but honestly that never stuck in my mind," said Jackson. "He just said it to me, but I knew he was wrong. I let it go in one ear and out the other. Really I didn't even listen to the whole conversation because he was yelling at me the whole time."

Simms Closed Off

It's game week and no one can get in contact with Matt Simms. Not even his family. The new Tennessee quarterback said he is rarely answering his constantly ringing cell phone. Just ask his brother.

"My family knows me well enough right now – they don't even talk to me much during game week because I don't pick my phone up that often," Simms said. "I am the worst with that. My brother could tell you, he rips me all the time for it."


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