Tennessee walk-ons Derrick Brodus, Tyler Drummer, Dylan West receive scholarships

Brodus, West Drummer all from East Tennessee

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Tennessee's Derrick Brodus kicks a field goal against Middle Tennessee State in 2011.

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ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee's Derrick Brodus kicks a field goal against Middle Tennessee State in 2011.

Derrick Brodus

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Derrick Brodus

Tyler Drummer

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Tyler Drummer

Dylan West

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Dylan West

At least three Tennessee walk-on football players were awarded scholarships this week by new coach Butch Jones.

Kicker Derrick Brodus and reserve receivers Dylan West and Tyler Drummer were placed on scholarship, according to Twitter posts from the players and teammates. A Tennessee official could not immediately confirm whether the scholarships were intended only for the spring semester or would last the entire year.

With the three additions, Tennessee now has an unofficial count of 69 players on scholarship. The Vols had been expected to bring in at least 20 new players this summer, meaning some players would have to move on to stay below the 85-man scholarship limit.

All three of the new scholarship players are from East Tennessee.

West, who was an All-District defensive back at Oneida High School, is entering his fourth season with the program. He's worked mostly on scout teams and has not appeared in a game.

Brodus, from Maryville, made six of seven field goals and 12 of 14 extra points in a part-time kicking role last season. He gained fame in 2011 when he rushed from his couch to Neyland Stadium minutes before game time as late fill-in and ended up kicking a field goal and three extra points in a victory against Middle Tennessee State.

Drummer, who played at Powell, is entering his fourth year in the program after starting his career at the University of the Cumberlands.

Drummer was the holder for placekicking attempts in nine games last year. He also scored a touchdown on a fake field goal against Missouri on Nov. 10.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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FORTKNOXVOL writes:

I like the loyalty to these kids that hung in just for the privilage of being a VFL. I hope all three get some playing time next season.

beartn#223846 writes:

Good for these young men, but does this mean we don't expect 25 in our signing class? It could also mean some other players are leaving.

GR82BaTennesseeVOL writes:

Cool. Just cool. This is the kind of off-season article I like to read!

NeylandWest writes:

Brodus! Much love for you all the way over here in Afghanistan! The TN guys on my team smiled when I told them the news! Glad to see your hard work and dedication finally pay off! To the others, congrats! To those Vols reading this, we fly the Power T on our GMV's! Still showin' the love, hooah! RLTW!!!

ashvol7 writes:

These guys really deserve this, they put in the time and worked really hard to be a VOL. Thanks Coach Jones.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to beartn#223846:

Good for these young men, but does this mean we don't expect 25 in our signing class? It could also mean some other players are leaving.

It could also mean these three guys are better than any recruits who are willing to sign. Only time will tell.

JimmyJoe writes:

Im ok... With it... But has Butch seen Brodus kick? He has a range of maybe 30 yards on field goals... Has missed multiple EP's ... Maybe he can get more out of him than the last coaching staff did.

PUL4VOLS writes:

So we officially have two couches, BIG COUCH...MO and little couch...Broadus. All jokes begone, good for these guys. They have worked hard and will contribute in their own ways. All the questions about recruiting will soon be answered. I hope it is a good class for the Volunteers. GO BIG ORANGE!

wazzya69vol writes:

This is great news during a rough stretch. Congrats to you three for sticking with our program as walk-ons, all sweat and sincere dedication without the glory or scholarship. You've paid your dues and the Vol nation appreciates you. Thank you CBJ for recognizing their efforts.

Rumblefish writes:

3 schollys to these walk-ons? They ain't Nick Reveiz.

I guess Butch didn't want to waste the schollys on some lame 4* or 5* recruit. *cough cough*

This recruiting class is putrid. Bring on the "just wait till NSD" bullchit. It ain't happening. So yeah...I'll wait, and I'll see a signing class that isn't getting any better.

oldster writes:

in response to JimmyJoe:

Im ok... With it... But has Butch seen Brodus kick? He has a range of maybe 30 yards on field goals... Has missed multiple EP's ... Maybe he can get more out of him than the last coaching staff did.

True, but he is still better than Michael "The top rated h.s. kicker" Palardy. Question: Is Palardy the most over rated player ever to be given a football scholarship at UT? How about Dirk Borgnone?

oldster writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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You know, I think a guy named Doug Atkins was a walk on to the football team. He turned out, okay, I think. More recently, Juwan Jones walked on for the bb team and did "right finely" as they say in Mountain City. CAK is about the size and just down the road from both Webb and Catholic who have both turned out a few pretty fair players. So there does not seem to be any reason to suspect that CAK cannot and has not either, is there? I think UT would have loved to have Harrison Smith and would love to have Todd Kelly, Jr., so why not Kendrick and Smith? BTW: about the former vb player, please note that the aforementioned Atkins was at UT on a basketball scholarship and Larry Robinson, who was a starter for the UT basketball team, was drafted by and played for the Dallas Cowboys. Do not judge players until you see them play (other wise you might think someone who is rated the number one kicker in american should be given a scholarshiop and turns out to be Palardy or Borgnone).

oldster writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

3 schollys to these walk-ons? They ain't Nick Reveiz.

I guess Butch didn't want to waste the schollys on some lame 4* or 5* recruit. *cough cough*

This recruiting class is putrid. Bring on the "just wait till NSD" bullchit. It ain't happening. So yeah...I'll wait, and I'll see a signing class that isn't getting any better.

Yeah, and that Carter kid sucks, too, right? These kids have done and will do so much less for the team than Bryce Brown, the Apopka, FL kid who did the hold up, and a few other 4 and 5 stars that Kiffin brought in that are gone and forgotten. Stars are nice to look at, but sometimes, if you stare at them too much, they can blind you to what really matters.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to oldster:

Yeah, and that Carter kid sucks, too, right? These kids have done and will do so much less for the team than Bryce Brown, the Apopka, FL kid who did the hold up, and a few other 4 and 5 stars that Kiffin brought in that are gone and forgotten. Stars are nice to look at, but sometimes, if you stare at them too much, they can blind you to what really matters.

That's a nice sentiment and all...but facts are facts---The only things these kids have done on the field on gameday have been marginal at best. Almost non-exhistent.

I get what you're saying about the "star factor". But, signing more and more players with good ratings increases your chances of having an outstanding team. Signing kids with poor/average ratings increases your chances of having a poor/average team.

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Is it true you are the brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers?

On another point, how many Div.1 players have you recruited in your coaching career? Oh, that's right, you are NOT a coach.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Is it true you are the brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers?

On another point, how many Div.1 players have you recruited in your coaching career? Oh, that's right, you are NOT a coach.

Snapshot,

Remember, this is simply a jealous,cowardly troll. Glenn Ford and Karl Kremser own his mind. He talks about Glenn Ford here, along with his Dooley obsession....but the coward will never face anyone in person. Just a wimpy troll........
this Wilted Flowers.

wcirwin64#584242 writes:

I think this is an awesome P.R. move on CBJ part. These are all East Tn kids who have been with the program 3 or 4 years and are being rewarded. It makes a statement by showing loyalty to in state players and will pay dividends in the future. Maybe a kid who was gonna go out of state or to a smaller school on scholarship well decide to stay and play for the home team if he knows it will pay off in the long run. J.Majors used to award 4th year walk-ons scholarships pretty regularly.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

That's a nice sentiment and all...but facts are facts---The only things these kids have done on the field on gameday have been marginal at best. Almost non-exhistent.

I get what you're saying about the "star factor". But, signing more and more players with good ratings increases your chances of having an outstanding team. Signing kids with poor/average ratings increases your chances of having a poor/average team.

You know when you actually state your position on matters instead of "bad-mouthing" you make some sense. Sort of. Of course it always depends on the kid you sign. His star rating doesn't make or break him. He has to do the work.

I believe in signing good hard working kids that are athletic. Don't ignore a kid if he's a 2 star even! You can't start out with the lower graded kids because they are probably lower rated for the most part because of their work ethic.
That's why you have to have a good relationship with the High Schools as well as the future recruits. Now I admit this is theorizing a little but ya gotta look at them all at some point.

That_One_Fellar writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

That's a nice sentiment and all...but facts are facts---The only things these kids have done on the field on gameday have been marginal at best. Almost non-exhistent.

I get what you're saying about the "star factor". But, signing more and more players with good ratings increases your chances of having an outstanding team. Signing kids with poor/average ratings increases your chances of having a poor/average team.

Right... Stars are a huge factory in success on the college football field... Johnny Manziel was a three star coming out of high school... You sir no nothing about recruiting, nor what it takes to be successful on a football field(if you think stars have ANYTHING to do with success). As much as I hate to bring up Notre Dumb, their quarterback was a three star recruit coming out of high school... Some beach lead Notre Dumb to a National Championship Game... You sir should really consider doing ANYTHING other than tryin to talk college football in your free time... Like, anything...

volfan1202 writes:

This means that Jones is not even going to be able to recruit enough players to fill all the scholarship positions. Awesome.
How can this be when he's told us he has the best coaching staff in the whole country??

usafvol writes:

in response to volfan1202:

This means that Jones is not even going to be able to recruit enough players to fill all the scholarship positions. Awesome.
How can this be when he's told us he has the best coaching staff in the whole country??

Maybe, just maybe, coach Jones knows something that YOU don't know..

easleychuck writes:

Classy move on Coach Jones part to fund these kids educations for this semester. Many times a new coach comes in and just tosses kids like this aside. Another sign that this coach understands the concept of team building.

A concept such as this is so foreign to a few posters who have again shown their lack of class and intelligence by contributing more of their mindless dribble.

This type of poster serves as nothing more than a source of amusement to people who understand the importance of living one's life just trying to do the right thing.

Again, this type of move by Coach Jones shows how to instill a sense of belonging and team by a man who has been on the job less than 6 weeks.

The program is now in good hands once again.
Only those without half a brain fail to see this. But that is nothing new.

DroopyDrawers writes:

I guess that all you negative people are coaches of schools that go 11-1 or 10-2. This is coach CBJ first year and he will be lucky to finish 6-6. Give the man a chance for at least three years.

I don't like losing as much as anybody, but until we get rid of Hart and Cheek UT will remain in the toilet. Hart is a Bama boy. He still has to pay Sal Sunseri (SP) a full salary and he went to Florida St.

oldster writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

That's a nice sentiment and all...but facts are facts---The only things these kids have done on the field on gameday have been marginal at best. Almost non-exhistent.

I get what you're saying about the "star factor". But, signing more and more players with good ratings increases your chances of having an outstanding team. Signing kids with poor/average ratings increases your chances of having a poor/average team.

I agree with you on a statistical level. However, just going out and getting all 4s and 5s just because that is how they are rated is not going to work either because those ratings seem to be based solely on the athletic skills that have been displayed. They do not seem to be based upon character, intelligence, determination, work ethic, or potential. I have coached youth sports for over 30 years and have seen young kids who could not do anything develop into the best kids in town as they matured, etc. Maturity comes earlier for some than others. That factor alone may account why some get more stars than others (i.e. they are as good as they are going to get as H.S. players). College coaches want players who are going to be their best in college. The best college coaches are good at determining that. I do not know how good Jones is at that. I am willing to give him some time to find out. I would suggest that you would be less frustrated if you would do the same.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Do you trolls ever go away?

Rumblefish writes:

in response to That_One_Fellar:

Right... Stars are a huge factory in success on the college football field... Johnny Manziel was a three star coming out of high school... You sir no nothing about recruiting, nor what it takes to be successful on a football field(if you think stars have ANYTHING to do with success). As much as I hate to bring up Notre Dumb, their quarterback was a three star recruit coming out of high school... Some beach lead Notre Dumb to a National Championship Game... You sir should really consider doing ANYTHING other than tryin to talk college football in your free time... Like, anything...

you are talking about the exceptions...not the rule. sure, there will be outliers when looking at every player's star rating and success on the field.

but what do i know, right? you know everything. we should all bow down to your knowledge.

calvol writes:

I'm ok with it, but wouldn't it have been better to wait until after NSF to award them with whatever scholly's we have left? At any rate, congrats to these young men.

jt45 writes:

Kinda been hoping CBJ had some surprises coming in recruiting and the knee jerk reaction is to be selfish and want all 5 star recruits. (wich I do too) but the truth is this was a classy move by a stand up guy/coach and fans should appreciate such a move in a sport full of cheaters, and politician type coaches.

Congrats to these three young men and hope they have success as Tennessee Volunteers both on and off the field.

PHAT_VOL writes:

The Vol Nation is very proud to have young men like you. GREAT JOB!!!

GO VOLS!

OrangePride writes:

NEWS WE'D LIKE TO SEE: In this portion of the year when we Vol Football junkies are thirsting for positive football news to keep us going, this is an OK story. And the MANY stories of CBJ and his public relations initiatives were also helpful. But that said, what we would really like to hear is some great athlete(s) signing with the Big Orange! We are ticking ever closer to signing day, and except for some big DEcommits and a few potential "visits" there has been precious little on which to build our hopefulness. We need some news pointing to a chance we are turning a corner. CBJ and staff, if they are to have any chance of a decent year (by that I mean 6-7 wins) next year, MUST supply news of a solid signing or two to fill in the holes we all know exist. SO....we can feel great about all the PR stuff, but at the end of the day, turning the page on winning is what its all about....and the news on that my Vol friends is still sounding VERY ify.

formervol1950s writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

Brodus! Much love for you all the way over here in Afghanistan! The TN guys on my team smiled when I told them the news! Glad to see your hard work and dedication finally pay off! To the others, congrats! To those Vols reading this, we fly the Power T on our GMV's! Still showin' the love, hooah! RLTW!!!

I played for the Vols a long time ago but that was nothing compared to what you guys are doing.Be safe and come home when you can.

PUL4VOLS writes:

The impatience and impertinence of some on this site are astounding. We want to see those big numbered stars in THIS class. My oh my, are you all in grade school? With all that has gone on in the past 4-5 years, what a tall task for a new head coach!Give him some time and a year or two to show those 5,6,7 stars(you all dream of); what he and the staff can do. Finally, all you who keep bringing up the former head coach, REALITY CHECK: He is gone, vamooshed; remember, you experts got him fired. There's a new kid on campus and he is not the man you ran down for...about the whole time he was here. At least the former head coach was someone willing to take the job even if he was lacking in ability to get it done.
I say, let's wait until about mid-Oct this year and see where the Vols are. But no, the NEGA-VOLS will be out because we had no 5 stars, we had deCommits etc. Please get a life, stay on fantasy football sites, heck pull for the basketball team, they need it. Give the football program a break from your He can't, They can't, We can't attitudes. Okay, I'm done, wish it would have snowed last night in my hometown. But then, winter is still young.

gc_scvol writes:

Question.Can we not sign only 25 players per class. There have been maybe 4 or 5 kids leave the program in the last month. Are these not the scholaeships BJC gave to these three guys and can still sign his full compliment of recruits in this class. Just askin...GBO...VFL

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

This is the kind of stuff that shows our new HC is committed to doing the right thing with UT's student athletes. With defections to the NFL and others due to system & personnel changes it only makes sense to reward the hard work of walk-on athletes..GBO!

Rookie2 writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Question.Can we not sign only 25 players per class. There have been maybe 4 or 5 kids leave the program in the last month. Are these not the scholaeships BJC gave to these three guys and can still sign his full compliment of recruits in this class. Just askin...GBO...VFL

I'm sure by doing this, Coach Jones is not jepardizing his ability to sign a full class. If I had a guess, I would say these were spares for the spring and summer semesters only.

HazardKYVol writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

The impatience and impertinence of some on this site are astounding. We want to see those big numbered stars in THIS class. My oh my, are you all in grade school? With all that has gone on in the past 4-5 years, what a tall task for a new head coach!Give him some time and a year or two to show those 5,6,7 stars(you all dream of); what he and the staff can do. Finally, all you who keep bringing up the former head coach, REALITY CHECK: He is gone, vamooshed; remember, you experts got him fired. There's a new kid on campus and he is not the man you ran down for...about the whole time he was here. At least the former head coach was someone willing to take the job even if he was lacking in ability to get it done.
I say, let's wait until about mid-Oct this year and see where the Vols are. But no, the NEGA-VOLS will be out because we had no 5 stars, we had deCommits etc. Please get a life, stay on fantasy football sites, heck pull for the basketball team, they need it. Give the football program a break from your He can't, They can't, We can't attitudes. Okay, I'm done, wish it would have snowed last night in my hometown. But then, winter is still young.

Impatience? Jones has been the coach for well over a month now, with no SEC or National Championships to show for it. It's time to get rid of this bum and hire a good coach. You know, someone that can recruit all 5* players and win games without them ever being played.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to HazardKYVol:

Impatience? Jones has been the coach for well over a month now, with no SEC or National Championships to show for it. It's time to get rid of this bum and hire a good coach. You know, someone that can recruit all 5* players and win games without them ever being played.

+1..LMAO!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Rookie2:

I'm sure by doing this, Coach Jones is not jepardizing his ability to sign a full class. If I had a guess, I would say these were spares for the spring and summer semesters only.

Specifically the ones going unused by Bray, Hunter and Patterson for this spring term.

I don't think it extends to summer term because rules state no more than 85 on the first day of practice in August.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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foible: ancient french- weak part of a sword ... modern: weakness in character

You're admitting to weakness in character in you're screen name? ROLFLMAO! Either that, or you don't know the definition of foible. Neither do you know that Lakeshore is no longer in operation. Obviously you have a weakness of character AND a weakness in knowing facts about the community AND facts about team building.

Three strikes, you're out!

Most of the posters on here already new that.

On Topic:

Congratulations to all three athletes! Now do what it takes in your personal lives, in the classroom, the weightroom, filmroom, and on the practice field to show us all you indeed do have "the right stuff"!

Volbound1700 writes:

in response to PUL4VOLS:

The impatience and impertinence of some on this site are astounding. We want to see those big numbered stars in THIS class. My oh my, are you all in grade school? With all that has gone on in the past 4-5 years, what a tall task for a new head coach!Give him some time and a year or two to show those 5,6,7 stars(you all dream of); what he and the staff can do. Finally, all you who keep bringing up the former head coach, REALITY CHECK: He is gone, vamooshed; remember, you experts got him fired. There's a new kid on campus and he is not the man you ran down for...about the whole time he was here. At least the former head coach was someone willing to take the job even if he was lacking in ability to get it done.
I say, let's wait until about mid-Oct this year and see where the Vols are. But no, the NEGA-VOLS will be out because we had no 5 stars, we had deCommits etc. Please get a life, stay on fantasy football sites, heck pull for the basketball team, they need it. Give the football program a break from your He can't, They can't, We can't attitudes. Okay, I'm done, wish it would have snowed last night in my hometown. But then, winter is still young.

I don't really want to side with the negative but Nick Saban came into an Alabama program that was 6-7, had NCAA sanctions looming, and was at the lowest of low points and got a top ten class his first year. Several other coaches have done the same at other stops. Just saying.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to Rookie2:

I'm sure by doing this, Coach Jones is not jepardizing his ability to sign a full class. If I had a guess, I would say these were spares for the spring and summer semesters only.

Thanks, that was my thought, but I'm not nearly the great football mind that some of the trolls are.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to Volbound1700:

I don't really want to side with the negative but Nick Saban came into an Alabama program that was 6-7, had NCAA sanctions looming, and was at the lowest of low points and got a top ten class his first year. Several other coaches have done the same at other stops. Just saying.

As much as I hate to say it, Tennessee does not have the recruiting draw of Bammer. Apples and oranges comparison. Reading between the lines, I believe your're "just sayin" that if Tennessee had hired the "gold plated coach" or some different mix of coach and assistants, recruiting would be better? I for one, and I wish everyone would, am not going to do anything but support CBJ for his first three years, and a fourth if he's done reasonably well. CBJ's staff has yet to finish their first year of recruiting, where we'll end up is truly only speculation at this point. The effort and attitude displayed by these young men was deserving of the reward they received.

exlineman writes:

Vol fans, don't be taken in by a few trolls that are all one and the same person, still ticked over Fulmer. His name is Brett Roberts.

Didn't some of you notice for the past several days, there were no trolls on here and then today they hit in force. Brett Roberts was out of town for several days;. He is back and hitting on all cylinders trying to blast the big orange with a number of names making you think there are a number of trolls on here. You notice they all came out of the wooodwork, when he returned today.

Don't be suckered in by him, he is trying to recruit for Peabody with all of these troll names. His girl friend has a yellow 2009 corvette conv., he likes to drive and she is a big Peabody supporter. At one time I thought Rolltide joe was some one else, but today proved it is Brett Roberts with another troll name.

crutch1966 writes:

we still need a kicker.

junkball10 writes:

in response to NeylandWest:

Brodus! Much love for you all the way over here in Afghanistan! The TN guys on my team smiled when I told them the news! Glad to see your hard work and dedication finally pay off! To the others, congrats! To those Vols reading this, we fly the Power T on our GMV's! Still showin' the love, hooah! RLTW!!!

Thanks for your service to our country Sir. We may need you to come home soon and fight our intrusive government. Go Vols!

Olddogsrule writes:

Currently four 4* commits, if one or two don' flip. Maybe more and a 5* by NSD. And maybe one or two more holdouts after that. Right now everything is prognisticatin, specially by GlennFordsPesonalityDefect. Which he has. That of a Destroyer. Of Fan spirit, team spirit, and all those potential 5*'s he raves about. Having the personality of a Destroyer must make him and everyone he comes in contact with miiserable. He calls himself a fan of the Volunteers, but I say, after months of exposure, GFF is a toxic self absorbed personality, wanting nothing but that folks on here should agree with all his vitriol. He has no real world understanding, posting only and always some high minded bile. GFF is a fan only of himself, and wants everyone else to acknowledge his 'superior' position. He should be banned from posting.

SteelerNation writes:

These scholarships are for the spring semester only and have no impact on this years recruiting class. Some of you on here are just stupid and too lazy to find out the facts.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to exlineman:

Vol fans, don't be taken in by a few trolls that are all one and the same person, still ticked over Fulmer. His name is Brett Roberts.

Didn't some of you notice for the past several days, there were no trolls on here and then today they hit in force. Brett Roberts was out of town for several days;. He is back and hitting on all cylinders trying to blast the big orange with a number of names making you think there are a number of trolls on here. You notice they all came out of the wooodwork, when he returned today.

Don't be suckered in by him, he is trying to recruit for Peabody with all of these troll names. His girl friend has a yellow 2009 corvette conv., he likes to drive and she is a big Peabody supporter. At one time I thought Rolltide joe was some one else, but today proved it is Brett Roberts with another troll name.

I thought his girlfriend was Mr. Tennessee, lol! Does brett "the a22clown" roberts live in Nashville?

RashaadSalabeb writes:

These kids deserve this and good for them. I've said for over a year now that Jacob Carter is one of our best receivers. This will also help build relationships with East Tennessee High Schools and their coaches.

Go Vols!

GloryDays writes:

Hopefully these scholarships are only for the spring semester. These 3 guys are nice guys, but scholarships are valuable and these can't be used on fringe players.

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