Ja'Wuan James hit with a case of mono

Tennessee offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James (70), left, and Alex Bullard (78), center, go head-to-head during practice at Haslam Field on campus Saturday, March 26, 2011.

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Tennessee offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James (70), left, and Alex Bullard (78), center, go head-to-head during practice at Haslam Field on campus Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Dooley comments after practice - March 29, 2011

Right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who started all 13 games as a freshman last season, likely will miss the rest of spring practice because of a case of mononucleosis.

“That’s kind of a dagger,” coach Derek Dooley said. “I told him I always thought you got mono from kissing girls and so usually you get it at a young age. Ja’Wuan kind of waited.”

Notre Dame transfer Alex Bullard, a walk-on, worked with the first team in James’ spot.

“Our hands are tied a little bit at tackle,” Dooley said, adding that he had hoped to give Bullard repetitions at center. “We’re really short at tackles without Ja’Wuan. That’s disappointing.”

Don’t Fence Milton In: Sophomore wide receiver Matt Milton didn’t face contact in Tuesday’s practice because of an unfortunate run-in with a Haslam Field gate earlier in the week.

Running a corner route toward the south end zone, Milton lost track of where he was on the field and banged his head into the fence.

“We have helmets,” Dooley said, “so he’s OK.”

Dooley and Milton’s teammates were able to laugh about the incident Tuesday, but fellow wide receiver Justin Hunter said he was originally “scared for (Milton’s) life.”

“It seemed like everything went in slow motion,” Hunter said. “Everybody was scared for him.”

Hunter said he, too, has had issues with the gates, which run very close to the field on both sides of the south end zone.

“My first time outside I hit my hand on the green wall and almost dislocated my fingers,” Hunter said. “I stay away from that wall now.”

Dooley on Martin: Dooley said he already has met with Cuonzo Martin, UT’s new men’s basketball coach.

“Obviously a very impressive coach and a great background, great story so I’m really looking forward to working with him,” Dooley said. “I think our program is going to be in great hands.”

Schedule Update: The Vols have today off before they return to practice Thursday. Their first scrimmage of the spring is set for Saturday.

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Coach_K writes:

Here is a thought...keep the running players away from the fence Coach! I'm glad he is ok this time. We need all the bodies we can keep healthy. We have alot of work to do this year...

Whiskey_Wizard writes:

James with Mono isn't good. We need him in the weight room getting stong and working on lineman chemistry. Off season is crucial for these linemen to go from descent to good.

RoadTrip writes:

This can be fixed on the practice field with a little common sense. However - UTAD - many of us are worried about the players for both teams at Neyland. To make some extra bucks with seats you have pushed the walls in the corners too close to the field. Fix it before somebody gets badly injured or dies.

tnaseevol writes:

Mono is a highly contagious disease. If it is acute, it can take up to a year to recuperate.

The main symptom is great fatigue, and complete bed rest is the main rehab for mono.

allvol32 writes:

“We have helmets,” Dooley said, “so he’s OK.”

Dooley is always entertaining...

CoverOrange writes:

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If it takes him 34 seasons to have those 3 seasons, like Bobby, I'm okay with that.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to allvol32:

“We have helmets,” Dooley said, “so he’s OK.”

Dooley is always entertaining...

Wonder how the gate is doing.

givehim6 writes:

I like the idea of having a lineman named Bullard just sounds tough. Hope the NCAA lets him play this year.

LibertyVolance writes:

We have complained about the fence at Neyland too and I hope that's addressed in the offseason. Mono seems to be the latest virus in vogue. Bronson Arroyo of the Reds has been hit with it too.

tanasi2 writes:

Mono really sucks! I had it twice in HS and it knocked me out of 2 years of playing football. Most young people who develop/contract mono suffer severe fatigue and their spleen swells up to a size where it could easily burst if they were to be hit hard in that area. I wish Smith a quick recovery.

Hounddog writes:

in response to delta960608charlie:

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Sir, you are a born again idiot. Hounddog

GerryOP writes:

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Speaking of buffoons, how's the Little Willie and Big Chuck show playing in G'ville?

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