Hughes seems too strong for freshman

Defensive end Chris Walker has been a standout so far during the early stages of Tennessee’s spring practice.

While Walker has turned heads, he’s been wowed by a fellow defensive lineman, too.

True freshman defensive tackle Montori Hughes has only been on campus for a few months, but he’s already caught Walker’s attention.

“That kid’s going to be a monster,” Walker said. “He’s just a raw athlete right now. Give him two more years, three more years under coach (Ed Orgeron), he’s going to be a good player. I’m really excited about him.”

Hughes, at 6-foot-2, 312 pounds, certainly has the size to hold his own, but Walker sees more than just size when he looks at Hughes.

“He really just surprised us with his quickness and his speed and his agility and how strong he is to be a true freshman,” Walker said. “It’s really remarkable how strong he is, how naturally strong he is. He has a really good motor, plays really hard, so it’s going to help out.”

The Vols certainly need help at defensive tackle, although it is uncommon for true freshmen to make a significant contribution at the position.

Aside from Dan Williams, of UT’s returning defensive tackles, only Andre Mathis recorded a tackle last season. And Mathis spent most of last season playing defensive end.

Hughes enrolled in January and is not available for comment under UT’s policy that prohibits media from interviewing true freshman.

Deja Vu: Center Josh McNeil had one of those weird moments when he first saw UT coach Lane Kiffin and defensive line coach Orgeron walking the halls of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.

McNeil met both when he took an official visit to Southern Cal before signing with the Vols in 2005 as one of the nation’s top prospects at center.

“The first thing I thought was, ‘Wow, I honestly never thought I would see these guys again,’” McNeil said. “It’s just funny the way things work out.”

McNeil, a native of Mississippi, enjoyed the coaches, Kiffin and Orgeron included, at USC. What he didn’t like was life in Los Angeles.

And even though he’s playing for Kiffin now, the big-city life still holds little appeal.

“Los Angeles, man, just wasn’t for me,” McNeil said. When a reporter jokingly asked if eight-lane highways don’t work for him, McNeil quipped, “No they don’t. And they still don’t.”

Good Timing: Safety Eric Berry, for one, is glad the Vols scheduled their first practice in pads before spring break.

“I probably would have hated to come in after spring break, after we’ve relaxed and had a week without working out and all that other stuff and just came in surprised with how practice would be,” Berry said.

Scheduling: Spring practice resumes Tuesday with additional workouts scheduled for Thursday and Saturday. The Vols will follow a similar schedule leading up to the Orange and White game at 3 p.m. on April 18.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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1963volfan writes:

Need all the help we can get. GO VOLSSSSSSSSSS

VAvolfanRON writes:

This is the guy that RichRollins was excited about....#93..
He said he was a beast at the Fri night practice.

His stock is rising!!!......2*?.....good, maybe he was underated and we gained a pleasant suprise!!!!

ugg writes:

got my tickets for the spring game...can't wait to see some new guys.

abnermc writes:

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Write it way down : UT-38
fla-24

dfreeman writes:

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bigrob writes:

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lol slimjim.. good one!

filmjr#558361 writes:

Hughes was one of the guys the old/new coaching staff grabbed last year. He dominated the TN/KY all star game and no one could figure out how he flew so far under the radar. I guess his prep school time was well spent.

Awesome news, for sure.

VAvolfanRON writes:

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absolutely.....Fulmer got alot of great players. And Kiffin is following up with more.

Sort of like Mark Hovanic in the 85 sugar bowl. Vinny can tell you who he is!!!!....lol

TD_4_UT writes:

Has anyone else noticed all the good news coming from what we here about this team? I think I here the Orange Engine Firing Up!! The giant has awakened, Beware!!!! GO VOLS!!!!

gohawks1 writes:

Sounds like Hughes could be a diamond in the rough for us. He'll need help, though.

TD_4_UT writes:

Sorry I got too excited. I mis-spelled hear (here).____ happens!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

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you lucky dog!!....and on your earlier post about Martin....

I know we are thin...but, I do feel we have the talent, I think we will turn some heads....(nothing against Chavis) but it's not like our DC is inept

gohawks1 writes:

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Yeah, he should be ready to rip this season.

What we need now are some OL to step it up and clear some holes for the RBs.

Rick4UT writes:

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Please keep taking your medications. We UT fans are concerned for your health.
Tebow only has 1 more year and then they will start looking for a coach for the tatters..oops gators.
GO VOLS !!!!!!!

Voluvr writes:

in response to TD_4_UT:

Sorry I got too excited. I mis-spelled hear (here).____ happens!!

No need to respond to typos in hear.

Voluvr writes:

Volsgatorbait: Be sure to call your bookie and place that bet.

OrangePower11 writes:

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I'm positive that the bookmakers in Vegas care 1% about your predictions...and that 1% is 10,454,867,867,586,738 times more than what ANYONE on this site cares for your opinion. Run along lad.

blitzshoot writes:

Outside of QB, the d line and o line have me concerned. This could be a nice break.

smokyredbone writes:

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Bryce Brown

PaulTheVol writes:

If you haven't read the book "Meat Market" by Bruce Feldman then you need to get a copy and read it to realize how great Tennessee will be. The book is about a year of recruiting with Coach O while he was at Ole Miss and it will blow you away when you actually read about what a great and relentless recruiter he is and how good a D-line coach he is. Read this book and you will realize its not a question of will Tennessee will be great again, its just a question of when.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

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If you haven't read the book "Meat Market" by Bruce Feldman then you need to get a copy and read it to realize how great Tennessee will be. The book is about a year of recruiting with Coach O while he was at Ole Miss and it will blow you away when you actually read about what a great and relentless recruiter he is and how good a D-line coach he is. Read this book and you will realize its not a question of will Tennessee will be great again, its just a question of when.

Is a good read. Sent that to TJ some time back.

He is much smarter for having osmosed it.

Volfan615 writes:

I live in murfreesboro ,where montori is from, and i know for a fact that they dont do a whole lot of recruiting around here and thats probably why he is so under the radar. I've watched a lot of siegel high's games and this kid is a BEAST on the gridiron and a pretty good basketball player too.

TommyJack writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

Is a good read. Sent that to TJ some time back.

He is much smarter for having osmosed it.

It was a good read, even if my lips did move.

markw20012002 writes:

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you're as boring as your are stupid.

graphpro#231211 writes:

gatorfansneedalife.... goawayandsucklemons!

txvolsfan writes:

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Urban Cries, AGAIN

write it down

volinSmyrna writes:

The kid is definately NOT 6'2". He is 6'4" at least. I saw him play a couple of times during his last couple of years in high school. He played on a bad team, and the head coach didn't do much to marktet him for whatever reason. He was an absolute beast! Nobody ever was able to block him. He played DE and he just ran around chasing QB's all night. I do agree that he is raw, and if he is coached up he could be special. Physically he "looked" like John Henderson in high school. Hughes just hasn't had his potential tapped just quite yet. It will be fun following his progress.

bUTchVFL writes:

in response to Volfan615:

I live in murfreesboro ,where montori is from, and i know for a fact that they dont do a whole lot of recruiting around here and thats probably why he is so under the radar. I've watched a lot of siegel high's games and this kid is a BEAST on the gridiron and a pretty good basketball player too.

I live in the boro too. Saw a lot of Siegel games, and I liked his nasty attitude. The d line will need that in this transition year.

TENECSTUD writes:

Forgive the comparison, but young athelete's are very similar to young horse's. One trainer is able to see things that another may not. Some trainers are better motivator's than others, I.E. Coach's and player's. Let us hope the chemistry on the practice field and in the training room is transferred to gameday this fall, I think it will, and we'll see a different product on saturdays this fall.
IT IS PERFECTLY ETHICAL TO KILL FLY'S WITH A SLEDGE-HAMMER--- THUS--FEAR THE KIFFIN!!!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

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Well, we did that the first time, now I suggest that you do so. You seem to be too stupid to remember that you've posted this about 6 times.

But if you want - keep showing us how classless and stupid Gator fans are.

VAvolfanRON writes:

yea rich....i knew you were all over this guy......2 or 3 times, you stated that he was awesome......(sorry about the plural...i know there's only one!!!)lol

you mentioned it..now kns is seeing it.....maybe this guy will be something

VAvolfanRON writes:

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see thats where its tough.....you can analyze...watch film etc.........i was too small to play football but, i loved it....i wish i would've stuck it out....i wrestled 98 thru 12 grade.......then i grew......some of these guys are done growing....some are still on their way up.....now, i'm 6' 220 lmao.....100 of that is budweiser!!!!!....hehehe

VAvolfanRON writes:

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lmao.......so you were loaded??.....so there were 2 #93's and 2 Rod Wilkes......lmao......13 people on the feild is not allowed.......hehe...

VAvolfanRON writes:

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i agree.....but, these guys do this for a living....so alot...not always.....they are right......i looked at the us army game tapes last night...and for the most part they do get it right.....vince young, white and bush, chris leak......

did i mention bryce brown MVP this year??

VAvolfanRON writes:

i can't say how much better this is w/o DC and gatorzz....wow.....talking football..i almost forgot what its like....

I know 99gator comes in and responds when he can......i don't blame him for avoiding his brethren...but, i'd love to talk to him about football....it's nice to talk/chat about football intellectually with a true fan

VAvolfanRON writes:

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ah, you broght up heart.......you are right...i think you could win more with 2* hearts than you can with 5* primas.......(ok, that my be a stretch)...but, dang it...i'd respect them more

TNPilgrim writes:

We would do well to just IGNORE THESE FLORIDA HYENAS that come on this site with their insipid yapping. Being the cowardly punks that they are, they give us the same kind of low-class sass we hear every other year when we have to put up with them in Knoxville. They've had some good years against us, so they come on our site uninvited and contribute nothing intelligent - just irritating comments to cause distraction from the conversation topics we try to discuss among ourselves. No doubt they get their giggles in home room or study hall every morning texting each other new ideas for their next posting. Leave these losers alone and maybe they'll go back to figuring out how to talk to girls (assuming they like girls).

Ironcity writes:

A lot of two stars are players who never camp with the services. Thus the services really have no way of knowing what their talent level is. Especially when the kids play at a low classification against average to poor talent. I look forward to Hughes getting on the field but I also look forward to seeing Thomas and Langley.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to TNPilgrim:

We would do well to just IGNORE THESE FLORIDA HYENAS that come on this site with their insipid yapping. Being the cowardly punks that they are, they give us the same kind of low-class sass we hear every other year when we have to put up with them in Knoxville. They've had some good years against us, so they come on our site uninvited and contribute nothing intelligent - just irritating comments to cause distraction from the conversation topics we try to discuss among ourselves. No doubt they get their giggles in home room or study hall every morning texting each other new ideas for their next posting. Leave these losers alone and maybe they'll go back to figuring out how to talk to girls (assuming they like girls).

i thought so also....but, it doesnt work.......when they get here i just leave....i know there will be 30 posts by them and 90 posts by us.....sometimes i have to back up to see the topic of the article...

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

A scout from Rivals or Scout, I can't remember which one, later took a look at Montori Hughes. He said something along the lines of "Wow! We really missed this guy! He could be a top notch player, diamond in the rough" type of deal.

Big Mo played for a small school and did not run around to all of these camps which is how recruiting services get a lot of their information. He just slid by. CPF was able to keep him from going to D2.

chrisw2967 writes:

Its hard to say how much talent we have that didnt get on the field that we dont know about.I have said it for before,fulmer always seemed to bring in talent but most were no better when they left than they were when they arrived.
I also think with this coaching staff they will bring that talent out in these kids.I think Tn will be better than most people think or will give credit for.

SLOBBER_knocker_U writes:

I've seen Montorie play a lot and he also played some fullback, linebacker, and DE. I said he was gonna be a beast about 2 years ago when I first saw him. He's very fast for his size.

VAvolfanRON writes:

Wow UTfan4life...you are 2 for 2...and you want to put that on your list??.......but the gators will always have and exuse when we kick there arse

Txvol57 writes:

Jamie Newberg talked about Hughes after he signed last year. He said that this kid is going to be a great player and was just missed by the recruiting services. Newberg said that sometimes kids are missed if they don't have the support (family and coaches) around them sending out game tapes. Also Hughes did not attend any camps during high school (other than UT) which is another reason he could have been missed by the recruiting services. Newberg said after reviewing his films that Hughes was one of the best prospects in the state and Southeast and just slipped through the cracks.

VAvolfanRON writes:

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Jamie Newberg talked about Hughes after he signed last year. He said that this kid is going to be a great player and was just missed by the recruiting services. Newberg said that sometimes kids are missed if they don't have the support (family and coaches) around them sending out game tapes. Also Hughes did not attend any camps during high school (other than UT) which is another reason he could have been missed by the recruiting services. Newberg said after reviewing his films that Hughes was one of the best prospects in the state and Southeast and just slipped through the cracks.

here's to other mean nasty O and D linemen that fall under the radar.....and commit to UT!!!!!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

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19SEP....it seems you've settled down...

yea, people seem to post on this guy like he could be something......but, we know we are thin on the line....
bud, ignore the harsh posts one here...i for one am one of those....keep posting like you are now.....we can chat.....just dont throw UF down our throats...we know you guys are good....lol

elsinoresam writes:

Anyone notice how fast a bad response to one of the interlopers gets deleted by the KNS staff? Almost as if the KNS staff got the email that a response has been posted to this post. Almost as if the KNS STAFF ACTUALLY POSTED THE INTERLOPERS REMARK IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!

utvol2485 writes:

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That douche at the 10 second mark in the video and the picture of Rex getting corn-holed say it all.

dvols writes:

glug, glug

JohnsonCity_George writes:

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On March 22, 2009 @ 5:04 p.m.
Volsgatorbait wrote :

"uf- 63
ut - 6
write it down"

So, I did and now we all know what he said.....

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