Tennessee Hoping for Consistent Special Teams Play

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With a little over a week to go before Tennessee's season opener, freshman tailback Marlin Lane stood under the lights of Neyland Stadium during a mock game, ready to return the punt headed his way. The ball bounced out of his hands.

Coach Derek Dooley winced as he watched and was reminded of the
Volunteers' struggles fielding punts and kickoffs from 2010. Senior Anthony Anderson, who with Lane will likely field punts when the Vols face Montana on Saturday, says players have spent a lot of time catching punts during the offseason and trying not to second-guess themselves after making mistakes.

Despite Lane's drop during the mock game, Anderson says the returners have been more consistent with their catches during fall camp.


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