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Tougher target

Tougher target

He spent his first two years as a Tennessee receiver looking to (A) catch the football and (B) avoid contact. The latter seemed more important to him than the former, which is why he did most of his looking from the sidelines.

There is a new and improved Josh Briscoe for 2007, however. A year of Trooper Taylor tirades has toughened him mentally and a year of dedicated work in the weight room has toughened him physically. As a result, he finds himself tied for the team lead with 17 receptions heading into Game 4 Saturday night against Arkansas State. Briscoe, a 6-3, 185-pound junior from Lawndale, N.C., is happy to be...

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