Vols get boost from players in Vandy's backyard - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Vols get boost from players in Vandy's backyard

Posted: Updated:
Sports - Tennessee Vols Sports - Tennessee Vols
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is trying to recapture its status as the state's dominant football program by relying on players who grew up near Vanderbilt's campus.

The Volunteers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) have five part-time or full-time starters who went to high school within about an hour's drive of Vanderbilt Stadium, a figure that increases to six if you add freshman kicker Aaron Medley. That group includes two of the Southeastern Conference's most promising freshmen in defensive end Derek Barnett and running back Jalen Hurd.

All the Nashville-area Volunteers with at least six starts are freshmen or sophomores. They're returning home Saturday and attempting to snap Vanderbilt's two-game winning streak in this series.

For comparison's sake, Vanderbilt's only two starters from the middle Tennessee area are center Joe Townsend and defensive tackle Caleb Azubike.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly