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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