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Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer was grinning from ear to ear. Secondary coach Larry Slade was smiling, too, but it was more of a pained grin. That's because Fulmer had just raised the possibility of moving one of Slade's best athletes to another position.

Addressing the media prior to Tuesday's golf outing at Gettysvue Country Club, Fulmer noted that 2005 first-teamers Jonathan Hefney and Antwan Stewart loom as the probable starting safeties again for 2006. Then, flashing a smug grin, he added:

"But Demetrice Morley is a guy we have got to get on the field. If I have to move him to receiver to get him on the field, Coach Slade, that's what we're going to do. We're going to figure that out and get him out there."

Noting the look of discomfort on Slade's face, Fulmer laughed and continued.

"That turned the screw!" the head man quipped. "That just messed his (Slade's) whole morning up."

Fulmer was being facetious, of course. Morley, a 6-2, 195-pound sophomore, was All-America as a prep senior and has the potential to achieve the same level of recognition as a collegian. First, though, Morley must find a way to crack the Vol lineup.

"He's too good an athlete to just sit over there," Fulmer said. "But he has some accountability, too – to play within the system the way he's supposed to play on every down. We've got to find a way to get Demetrice up to speed."

If Morley has a good preseason, look for him to win the first-team free safety job. That would free the undersized Hefney to return to cornerback, where he played exceptionally well as a starter in 2004. Tennessee's starting secondary would then consist of Stewart and Morley at the safeties, with Hefney and Jonathan Wade at the corners.

Antonio Wardlow would be the top reserve at safety, with Inquoris Johnson, Roshaun Fellows and Antonio Gaines providing backup help at corner. Fellows, like Hefney, also can play safety.

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