KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's biggest
question about his players heading into the season was how they
would handle adversity. He got his answer when the Volunteers
collapsed after back-to-back scores by Oregon.
Figuring out how to bounce back from bad plays - like a 72-yard
run by Ducks running back LaMichael James and an interception
thrown by Vols quarterback Matt Simms that was returned for a TD -
is now Tennessee's biggest concern.
Saturday's game against No. 10 Florida may not carry the same
national appeal without former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin takings
shots at the Gators or All-Americans Tim Tebow and Eric Berry
meeting head on.
It gives Dooley a chance to see if his team can prevent another
meltdown like the 48-13 loss to Oregon.