Newcomers making impact for Tennessee football team this spring

Newcomers making impact for Tennessee football team this spring

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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE (AP) - The newcomers to Tennessee's football team are making quite a statement without speaking a word.

Tennessee hasn't made any of its early enrollees available to the media thus far in spring practice, but the first-year players already are making their presence felt. They're the products of a signing class ranked among the top five in the nation by multiple recruiting services.

Several newcomers are challenging for starting roles.

The newcomers getting much of the attention are running back Jalen Hurd and receivers Josh Malone and Von Pearson. They should instantly upgrade the offense's big-play ability.

Tennessee also needs first-year linemen to contribute right away.

The Volunteers must replace their entire starting offensive and defensive lines from last season. They're counting on newcomers to plug some of those holes.

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