6 Tennessee gridders
go under the knife
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Six Tennessee players underwent successful surgeries to repair problems from the 2008 season.
Defensive end Wes Brown and defensive back Demetrice Morley both had knee surgeries to repair a torn meniscus, Brown on his right knee and Morley on his left.
Defensive back Anthony Anderson had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Linebacker Rico McCoy had surgery on his right thumb.
Team trainer Jason McVeigh says he expects those four players to make a full recovery before spring practice begins.
Defensive back Marsalous Johnson had his left shoulder repaired, and linebacker Daryl Vereen had his right shoulder repaired. Both players will be limited in spring practice.
Vols’ LB Vereen
named to SEC team
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Daryl Vereen was named to the All-Southeastern Conference freshman squad by the league’s coaches.
Vereen played in eight games for the Volunteers this season and recorded three tackles as he backed up seniors Nevin McKenzie and Adam Myers-White at the strong side.
The Charlotte, N.C., native also worked as a key blocker on special teams for kick returner Dennis Rogan, who posted a school record 698 return yards.
could practice today
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and running back LenDale White have each missed a second straight practice because of sore knees.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Haynesworth should practice today, while White would have a chance to return also during today’s session. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was the only other player who missed practice Thursday because of a groin injury, and Fisher said he will be a game-time decision Sunday against Houston (6-7).
Cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan (hamstring) and Nick Harper (ankle) each practiced after missing Wednesday. Linebacker David Thornton (hip) also returned.
Kentucky QB Cobb
an All-Frosh selection
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky starting quarterback Randall Cobb was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches.
Cobb, from Alcoa was not only the Wildcats’ quarterback, but he also saw action as a wide receiver and punt returner this season.
He completed 52-of-95 passes for 542 yards and two touchdowns; recorded 79 rushing attempts for 316 net yards, tying for the team lead with seven rushing touchdowns; caught 21 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns; and had 11 punt returns for 92 yards, an 8.4-yard average.
Titans’ RB Johnson
getting Pro Bowl votes
NASHVILLE (AP) — The fan voting totals are in for the Pro Bowl, and Tennessee running back Chris Johnson leads all rookies in the NFL in that category.
Johnson received 534,170 votes to put him atop all rookies and well ahead of Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.
He also led in voting for running back in the AFC with that total.
The other Titans who led the fan voting in their position include center Kevin Mawae, a six-time Pro Bowler, and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth who is trying for his second straight Pro Bowl.
The NFL will announce the Pro Bowl squads on Tuesday.