Tennessee receiver Kelley Washington's 256-yard, school-record setting performance against LSU was good enough for the freshman walk-on to receive Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Washington became the second Vol to take the award, following Travis Stephens' 206-yard rushing game at Arkansas. It was the Stephens City, Va., native's first start at receiver. His mark broke Johnny Mills' 225-yard receiving game against Kentucky, set i
n 1966.
Injuries batter line
Vols coach Phillip Fulmer announced Tuesday that the team would be without starting offensive lineman Jason Respert for the rest of the season because of an ankle injury he suffered in the second half of last week's game against LSU.
The injury will require surgery similar to the procedure that offensive lineman Fred Weary underwent last season. Respert is expected to receive a medical hardship since his injury occurred in the season's first three games, granting him another year of e
ligibility.
It was tough to battle for a starting slot only to suffer the setback, Respert said.
"It was very frustrating," said Respert, who would have been facing his home-state rival, Georgia, this Saturday. "I wanted to be a part of this, especially with the team we had."
Additionally, offensive tackle Reggie Coleman is officially listed as questionable on the Vols' injury report after hurting his ankle against LSU. Fulmer said Monday that defensive end Will Overstreet will miss the Georgia game with a sprained knee.
Security settled
This Saturday's game against Georgia will see the very same security measures activated last week, said Phil Scheurer, UT vice president of operations.
"As a result of evaluating what happened last weekend, we will continue with the same types of measures," Scheurer said.
This includes the preclusion of all large bags and parcels, but items like cameras, binoculars and cell phones will be allowed, subject to search, he said.
Scheurer also said security officials have been informed to make sure that gate checks are more standard and consistent after some complaints surfaced last week.
Also, streets surrounding the stadium will be closed 30 minutes prior to kickoff this week. Last week those roads were shut down 15 minutes before the game's inception.