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Posted Sep 3, 2004

This is a feature in which a Tennessee player is picked that might provide an unexpected boost to the Volunteers’ game success. He’s not necessarily a star or an obvious choice that’s in position to produce big numbers, but rather a sleeper worth watching. And someone that might be key to a UT victory.

Redshirt freshman Roshaun Fellows, 6-0, 185, draws his first start and is positioned to make a major impact. With rising star Jason Allen at the opposite corner, Fellows is sure to see his share of action since he’s the unknown quantity teams will want to test.

No man is an island, but a cornerback lives on one and all his failings are laid bare for the world to see. That’s an imposing chore for someone seeing their first college game experience, but there’s reason to believe Fellows may be up to the task.

He’s certainly been defying the odds so far. A virtual unknown when the committed to the Vols from tiny Warren High School in Warren, Ark., Fellows fought off challenges from higher regarded teammates Jonathan Hefney and Jonathan Wade this fall to earn the starting nod.

Fellows was an outstanding receiver in high school (77 receptions for 1,000 yards as a senior) and has displayed soft hands in practices. He’s also shown a knack for making plays, and given the opportunities he’ll have don’t be surprised to see him nab an interception on Sunday. At the very least, he can eliminate concerns about the cornerback position and help solidify a secondary that has outstanding upside.

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