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Tennessee Football: Stone, Bullard Switch Positions and Other Tidbits

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15:  Jordan Jefferson #9 of the LSU Tigers rushes away from Brian Randolph #37 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Gage ArnoldCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2011

It's Alabama week for the Tennessee Volunteers and the third (or fourth) Saturday in October is back again. Derek Dooley spent a majority of his Monday press conference praising Alabama and coach Nick Saban for all that they do, even crediting this defense as Saban's best. 

Dooley, however, has made some changes of his own, as starting left guard Alex Bullard and starting center James Stone have made a position switch and the plan is to have this as the set-in-stone cure for all of James Stone's bad shotgun snaps. 

"James is going to guard, I'm going to play center, and we're going to roll with it," said Vols LG Alex Bullard after Tuesday's practice. 

Honestly, this is positive news if you are a Tennessee Vols fan, but the timing takes some of the luster off. 

I mean, it's Alabama week and the defensive linemen for the Tide have to be salivating at the opportunity to take on a center and guard who are in their first live action at their new positions. 

Do note though, that in spring practice there were rumblings of the switch to Bullard at center, but with Ju'Waun James' mono kept Bullard at tackle, and the switch wasn't made. 

In other news, Dooley noted that, with the corners not playing well, there could be increased playing time for Prentiss Waggner at corner and true freshman Brian Randolph could step in at free safety. 

Others have taken notice as well. Waggner said of Randolph that, "I don’t think it’s much of a drop-off; he’s sort of an old-school type of player."

If Randolph is able to enter the lineup and be a difference-maker at the safety position, it could open up big opportunities for Waggner, who is a natural back at corner.


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