Tennessee's starting lineup against Ohio University on Saturday will include at least one change. Maybe more.
Left guard Vlad Richard was on crutches Monday and won't play against the Bobcats due to a knee injury he sustained in the 23-13 loss at Florida last Saturday.
Tackle Jarrod Shaw worked at left guard, with redshirt freshman Aaron Douglas taking over at right tackle.
"We're going to move some people around, without getting too specific about it,'' coach Lane Kiffin said. "We need to play better. We're not pleased with where our performance is.''
Shaw, who has started all three games at right tackle, will compete with Cory Sullins at left guard, said offensive line coach James Cregg.
Cregg said Douglas, a converted tight end, played "extremely well" in limited action at Florida.
"There's always things to get better at, though,'' Cregg said. "There's always little knick-knack things to clean up with him and we expect him to do a good job.''
While praising the line's effort at Florida, Kiffin was critical of some technique mistakes that he said hurt production in the red zone.
In the first half, UT had first down at the Florida 11 and later first-and-goal at the 4. Both times the Vols had to settle for field goals.
"Our defense played well enough to beat the number-one team in the country,'' Kiffin said, "and we didn't play well enough on offense to do it.
"So we're going to open up some competition and move some guys around and figure out how to get this thing better.''
Receivers, Too: The O-line isn't the only position with open competition this week. Lack of production at receiver is another issue.
Freshmen Marsalis Teague and Nu'Keese Richardson have been seldom seen since the opening game. Veterans Quintin Hancock, Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore have gotten most of the snaps, due to their experience in run blocking.
"We need to be more productive out there,'' Kiffin said. "Which we will (be) when we get more chances. We didn't get very many opportunities for the receivers.
"This week will be big for a lot of players, on the offensive line, the receiver group, the special teams, because we need to get better.''
Thompson Watches: Linebacker LaMarcus Thompson sat out Monday awaiting results of tests on his back. He was hit in the back at Florida. Freshman Greg King worked in his place.
"I'll be ready,'' Thompson said. "It's a little bruise. Nothing much.''
Making a Move?: Brent Vinson worked at corner in place of Art Evans. Ben Martin got time at defensive end with the starters.
"Brent did well in his snaps (at Florida),'' Kiffin said. "Brent's a good player for us. There's just a lot of competition back there.''
Being Physical: Kiffin praised the team for playing physical at Florida, which was a point of emphasis.
"When I got here,'' he said, "that's something they told me about, you better get your team ready to go play them.
"Because we've been scared of them in the past. I think it was obvious Saturday we weren't.''
Berry Recognized: Safety Eric Berry was named The Lott Trophy player of the week, after recording 11 tackles and his first interception of the season at Florida.
The Lott Trophy is annually awarded to college football's top defensive player.
Tickets: Tickets are available for the Ohio game at UTTix.com, the arena ticket office or 800-332-VOLS.
It will be UT's only pay-per-view telecast of the season.
Numbers: UT opens as a 21-point favorite over Ohio. ... UT slipped two slots to fifth in the nation in total defense (197.3 yards) after Florida. ... Montario Hardesty is second in the SEC and 10th in the nation in rushing at 115 yards per game.