KNOXVILLE - With Gerald Jones (broken hand) ruled out for Saturday's game against seventh-ranked Oregon, and fellow senior wide receiver Denarius Moore (ankle) less than 100 percent, it stands to reason that Tennessee will need significant contributions from its young pass-catchers.
Wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett thinks freshmen Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers are ready for the challenge. And he believes new sophomore starter Zach Rogers also will produce.
"I think these guys are excited about it," Baggett, who has coached nine 1,000-yard NFL wideouts, said Thursday. "I think they're ready. They've prepared themselves well. They played at a high level in high school. These guys coming out were highly recruited, obviously. Obviously, they played for very good football teams.
"I think last week, when they got their feet wet, that helped them.