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Young 'backers rule

Young 'backers rule

Tennessee's linebackers must have skipped the pre-game meal prior to Saturday's 2006 season opener with ninth-ranked California. Defensive coordinator John Chavis apparently fed them raw meat instead.

Attacking with the ferocity of a pack of wolves, Ryan Karl, Jerod Mayo and Marvin Mitchell shredded the Golden Bears as the Vols built a 35-0 lead and coasted to a 35-18 victory. Karl finished with team highs for solo tackles (6) and total tackles (9). Mayo chipped in 7 stops, including 3 sacks. He also broke up a pass. Mitchell chipped in 7 more stops, 2 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a... Recommended Stories

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