Ben Bartholomew makes key UT contributions

photo Tennessee's Ben Bartholomew tries to keep his footing as Buffalo's Cortney Lester lunges underneath him.

Arkansas-SEMO Live Blog

KNOXVILLE -- Before last season's opener, Ben Bartholomew had played in seven games in three seasons at Tennessee.

Now the unheralded fifth-year senior is a valuable glue guy for the Volunteers' offense.

The 6-foot-2, 252-pounder from Nashville doubles as Tennessee's first fullback and second tight end and showed his versatility in the Vols' opening win against North Carolina State.

"The fullback's real natural to me, but the tight end gets opportunities like I did Friday," he said after Tennessee's indoor practice on a rainy Monday morning. "Tight end was exciting, and I've got to continue my work at that to try to be the best I can be."