UT players load praise on Dooley

Commentary by Mark Wiedmer

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee senior linebacker Nick Reveiz was preparing to return to the field against Kentucky in the third quarter Saturday when he heard UT coach Derek Dooley call for a fake punt.

"We were inside our own 30 [the 24, actually]," Reveiz recalled. "I'm thinking, 'This is either going to be really good or really bad.' But I guess that's why he's paid the big bucks."

This is why Dooley's worth even bigger bucks than the $1.8 million he's made this season: The fake worked.

Freshman punter Michael Palardy gained 16 yards to the UT 40, which not only gave the Vols a first down but momentarily made Palardy his team's leading rusher for the afternoon.

More important, Reveiz said, "It gave us some rest. We'd just given up a long touchdown.