Terry Joseph hasn't seen much of the norm lately.
But the Tennessee defensive backs coach hasn't lost confidence.
"Never too high," he said, "never too low."
Joseph left spring practice feeling good about his safety combo of Janzen Jackson and Darren Myles.
Those good feelings have been tested since.
Myles was booted from the team for his role in a July bar fight, and Jackson's missed the majority of fall practice with a hamstring injury before returning Monday.
"We just kept sawing wood," Joseph said. "I feel better now than I did at the end of spring because we have more confidence and more guys to play defense."
Two of those guys - Prentiss Waggner and former minor-league baseball player Brent Brewer - are battling for the safety spot opposite Jackson.
Both Waggner and Brewer, who hasn't played football in more than four years, got plenty of extra work in Jackson's absence.
"By him not practicing," Joseph said, "it's allowed those two guys to get reps.
"For Brent, especially, that's what he needs more than anything. I think in the long run, we're going to say it helped us out."
"It's been helping them a lot," Jackson said. "I've seen Brent make strides in the past week, week and a half."
While Jackson has the free safety spot locked down, Waggner and Brewer are battling to start at strong safety.
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound Waggner, who was playing the free safety spot in Jackson's absence, moved to the strong safety spot with Jackson's return Monday.
"He's a guy who uses his mind to put himself in the best position to make plays," Joseph said.
"Prentiss, he's just a football player," Jackson said. "He's a ball-hawk. I don't even really worry about Prentiss because I know he's going to do this thing."
Brewer, a 6-2, 205-pound freshman, signed with Florida State out of high school before picking baseball.
He's handled transitioning back to football very well.
Joseph would know - he spent four seasons in the minor leagues before beginning a football coaching career of his own.
"When (Brewer) came, my biggest concern was his body," Joseph said. "Could it hold up? Riding a bus and playing 144 games is a little bit different than running into 300-pound linemen.
"Mentally he's about as mature as you can get. He's picked up the playbook at a rapid pace, and I really see the kid helping us this year.
"I don't know where we'd be if we didn't find a guy."
Fans' Last Chance: Fans have one final opportunity to see where season tickets remain available in Neyland Stadium.
With the "Meet Your Seats" program, fans can go from Wednesday through Friday of this week to see seating options for the 2010 season.
Fans also interested in the Tennessee Terrace will be able to tour those seats, which open for the first time this season.
Fans can park for free in the G-10 garage and enter through Gate 9.
Status Update: Linebacker Greg King (hyperextended knee) missed practice again on Monday.
Cornerback Anthony Anderson, a former standout at Austin-East High School, went through individual work wearing a non-contact red jersey Monday after suffering a shoulder stinger in Saturday's scrimmage.
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.