Help Wanted at Defensive Tackle

August 12, 2010

By Josh Woodward
August 12, 2010

Help Wanted: Large individual, preferably 6-feet-2 or taller, 285 pounds or heavier, capable of running down a quarterback in the backfield.

Derek Dooley might have to run this ad in University of Tennessee school newspaper next week if junior college signee John Brown doesn�t qualify academically.� Already thin at defensive tackle, the Vols saw the position reduced to seven bodies by the recent Achilles injury to projected starter Marlon Walls.� Sophomore Montori Hughes is the lone returning player that has game experience.

"I feel good about Montori Hughes," Dooley said of the 305-pound sophomore. "We need him to be a big presence in there because we are little and need to get some bulk.�

It's rare that one player can make a difference between a win or a loss, but John Brown might be that valuable for the Vols. He would command a double team, opening up space for the linebackers and making the whole defense better.

Brown was a 5-star recruit out of high school who signed with the Florida Gators, only to leave the program due to academic issues. After an impressive stint at Northeast Mississippi Community College, he signed with Tennessee last February. He'll have two years of eligibility left if he is cleared to play.

People around the Tennessee program have not been too optimistic about Brown qualifying, but people close to John believe he has met the requirements to enroll at the University of Tennessee.� The Volunteers should know by Friday the status of Brown academically.

In the meantime, Tennessee might have to borrow a slogan from UPS: What can Brown do for you?