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Tennessee Well Aware of Mack

The respect continues to pour in for UB sophomore LB Khalil Mack, who ranks second in the nation in tackles for losses, has forced three fumbles and picked off a pass. Here's what the Tennessee Volunteers have been saying:

"He's a hard worker," offensive tackle Ju'Wuan James said. "Everybody here compares him to (UT LB) Jacques Smith. Coach Dooley said he's a guy that's on the wrong team. He's a really good guy. He's really good and he plays hard and he's the motor of their team."

QB Tyler Bray:

"They've got No. 46," Bray said. "We've got to try to block him. He disrupts things, so if we block him we should be fine."

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As promised, the Bulls were piping in noise at ear-splitting levels Wednesday to acclimate to the conditions they'll experience at Neyland Stadium. The audio loop include band and vocalized versions of "Rocky Top," along with "Tennessee" (by Arrested Development I'm told. I wouldn't know that) and, for relief, the UB fight song.

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Tennessee was featured on ESPNU's All Access Wednesday. The show was taped last week. It's a different world. The school is constructing a $40 million training facility exclusive to football. Coach Derek Dooley was reviewing the plans and talking about walls that needed to be moved or removed, in one case of create more space in the offensive line meeting room.

The Vols are paying UB $900,000 for Saturday's game . . . and they ain't gonna miss it!

-- Bob DiCesare




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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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