More asked of Jacques Smith with Curt Maggitt out

Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch (44) tackles Missouri quarterback James Franklin (1) during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.  UT lost in four overtimes by 51-48. Tennessee linebacker Jacques Smith (55) and  defensive back Jaron Toney (35) assist.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee defensive lineman Maurice Couch (44) tackles Missouri quarterback James Franklin (1) during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. UT lost in four overtimes by 51-48. Tennessee linebacker Jacques Smith (55) and defensive back Jaron Toney (35) assist. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

KNOXVILLE - Jacques Smith read the quarterback, trusted his eyes and made the play.

When the Tennessee junior linebacker tackled Missouri tailback Kendial Lawrence for a 6-yard loss in the waning moments of the meeting between the Volunteers and Tigers last Saturday, it looked like the former Ooltewah High School star had made a game-changing play.

"We put them into a tough situation," Smith recalled after Tennessee's Tuesday morning practice, "that they got themselves out of in the end."

Missouri overcame a second fourth-and-long situation three plays later on its tying drive, but it appears Smith will have more opportunities to make similar plays following the season-ending knee injury to Curt Maggitt.

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