Surgery should make Brown ready for June

Tennessee defensive lineman Wes Brown underwent surgery on both knees Wednesday.

The senior has had pain in the joints for several months. Brown was limited throughout the 2008 season yet still managed to start all 12 of UT's games in 2008.

Brown registered 37 tackles (5 1/2 for a loss), 2 1/2 sacks and a team-high nine quarterback hurries last season.

Brown seemed healthier before spring practice. He began playing his usual position, defensive end, then was moved to defensive tackle.

Brown, who is just 255 pounds, said he welcomed the move in order to help solidify UT's defensive tackles - a position of concern this season.

Brown's arthroscopic procedure was performed at UT Medical Center by doctors from the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic.

UT head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh said he expects Brown to make a full recovery in time for the team's offseason conditioning program in June.

Say Hay-wood: The East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame announced that longtime UT sports information director Haywood Harris is its 2009 Distinguished American.

Harris has been a member of UT's sports information department since former coach General Robert R. Neyland appointed him sports information director in 1961.

Fulton assistant football coach Bob Black, SEC football official Rocky Goode, former Catholic High School football coach Mark Pemberton and Alcoa High School football coach Gary Rankin were selected to receiver Amateur Football Awards.

The awards will be presented during a Saturday brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville. Reservations can be made by calling chapter secretary Tyler Johnson at 865-974-1219. The event begins at 9:30 and is $30 per person.

Mentalist: Guard Vladimir Richard said watching film from last Friday's scrimmage helped the Vols be better pass protectors during Tuesday's practice.

"It was mental," Richard said. "Either the line messed up or the fullback and the line messed up. We weren't on the right guys. Once we watched film and realized who we had to get, we came out here today and got better."

Jones on Jones: Receiver Gerald Jones is pleased with his performance this spring, including his run blocking. In a one-on-one blocking drill Tuesday, he had no trouble locking horns with defensive backs.

"I've gotten a lot better, especially with my blocking," Jones said. "This offense puts me in so many positions to make plays, all I've really got to do is catch the ball and do what I've been doing since I was young. This offense has helped me a lot."

Schedule: UT will practice Thursday afternoon, its final practice before the annual Orange and White spring game in Neyland Stadium at 3 p.m. Saturday. Fan day will be held 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Haslam Field. The Vol Walk will commence at 1:30.

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Comments » 31

DAJUANMAN writes:

2nd baby

RockyTopBoy writes:

Can't wait till Saturday!

ThaiVolFan writes:

Will the O&W game be broadcast on UT'S website? If anyone knows for sure let me know. Thanks

belayvol writes:

Saturday marks the day the doldrums are pushed back. Go Vols!

dvols writes:

saturday is well saturday....

cmon wes we need ya bro!

i'm just sayin

utvolz#637682 writes:

Get off your arse and get to The Hill Saturday. Gonna be a great game sans green jerseys and all things girlie...

floridavolsfan writes:

Gator back-up QB Brantley (phenom out of Ocala, FL) looked extremely impressive, working with the first team, at Saturday's spring practice! Urban was very excited!

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to SAVVOL:

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And your grammar is about as good as Ricky Bobby's, too.

BigOrangeJeff writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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So I guess you'll be giving me Tennessee and 57 points?

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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flar-duh fans wear dresses and sit to piss.

-write it down

vol_chaz writes:

Hope he comes back, healthy and ready to roll..
Hope Urban enjoys his last year at UF before he bolts for Notre Dame..
This time next year, The UF fans will be crying'..
write it down...

gnm53108 writes:

Get well Wes.Were really counting on you.

And Congrat's to Haywood Harris.

rocky_topper writes:

20th! i feel like such a loser!

Dupree69 writes:

1st but then I don't know how to count.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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Book This....Monte's defense holds the Lizards to 52 yards in first half. VOLS win in upset of the year.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Man, both knees!

Get well soon, young man.

Makes my hitting my little finger with a hammer seem small now.

kevin151 writes:

Wes Brown is terrible.... you almost get 2 and a 1/2 sacks accidentally by being on the field. Get some youth in there and develop them for the future!

TommyJack writes:

Sounds like he should have had the surgery long ago.

Vay_Owe_Ale_Ace writes:

From the article headline, I thought they were talking about Bryce.

Greyback_Vol writes:

SEC football official Rocky Goode

Wasn't he the guy that called the pass interference on UT's final drive against Syracuse in '98?

GaytorHater writes:

in response to Rich_Rollin_09:

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VOLinATL writes:

A Vol Walk for the Orange & White game??? Gimme a break...

GaytorHater writes:

in response to CLEMSONVOL716:

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Why don't you go to a Clemson site and stay there

Major_Magilicutty writes:

How can I watch the O&W game? Is it broadcast online on Sunday?

kazoo writes:

I like Brown's grit--but a 255 pound DT with some knee issues? Hope I'm wrong, but I can't see him being an immovable object in SEC games...

Minister_of_Defense writes:

Hope we get a standout 2010 QB commit soon. They are going fast... (I guess we still Hope for Heaps)

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-6-73...

ThaiVolFan writes:

in response to Florrible:

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Thanks for the help...I'm in Thailand and I have a feeling that Dish Network isn't gonna help me this time....hoping it ends up on the web though and hope it works out for you in the "Windy City"

10volunteers98 writes:

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Bich_Rollin sounds like a guy who`s vocabulary is severely limited.If he wasn`t so worried about the Vols,he wouldn`t be on our web sight every day.The Vols are on the way back,baby.Maybe not this year,but watch out next year,Bich.We see it coming,and so does Bich.

WRITE IT DOWN,BICH!!!

myvols2002 writes:

in response to DAJUANMAN:

2nd baby

Congratulations! Is it a boy or girl?

Volumni writes:

Didn't he say the same things last year in Clawson's offense?

old_number1 writes:

in response to 10volunteers98:

Bich_Rollin sounds like a guy who`s vocabulary is severely limited.If he wasn`t so worried about the Vols,he wouldn`t be on our web sight every day.The Vols are on the way back,baby.Maybe not this year,but watch out next year,Bich.We see it coming,and so does Bich.

WRITE IT DOWN,BICH!!!

I think I know what your favorite word is. And by the way, I agree with your comment.

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