Tennessee upperclassmen embracing competition

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's roster is stacked with freshmen and sophomores who in many cases are bigger, faster and stronger than their elder teammates. The result is a highly competitive fall camp that has younger players pushing the upperclassmen for starting positions.

Junior cornerback Marsalis Teague has no problem with the competition, which he says is making the Volunteers better every day.

Tennessee's roster has a bit more depth one full year after back-to-back coaching turnovers. Still, freshmen and sophomores outnumber upperclassmen two to one.

Only a few juniors and seniors have clear roles as starters, leaving others to be role-playing guys who are called on for specific schemes or plays.

Coach Derek Dooley says he likes both the competition that has developed among players and the attitudes of the upperclassmen.