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Backers to the future

Thanks to a 2-4 record and an open date, Tennessee's football present is a bit gloomy. The program's future is a bit brighter, though, thanks in part to a couple of promising freshman linebackers.

John Propst recorded six tackles in last Saturday's loss at Georgia. Classmate Raiques (pronounced Rah-KEES) Crump added three stops and a fumble forced. Propst, a 6-1, 220-pounder from Hoover, Ala., is stuck behind senior Nick Reveiz and junior Austin Johnson at middle linebacker but may be closing the gap on them a bit. "He's coming along great," Vol linebackers coach Lance Thompson said this...

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