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Being a left tackle is a lot like being a secret service agent: Your job is to do whatever it takes to protect a Very Important Person.

Tennessee's Dallas Thomas understands that. As the Vols' starting left tackle, he'll spend the 2010 football season protecting the blind side of quarterback Matt Simms. Thomas, a 6-5, 295-pound sophomore from Baton Rouge, recognizes the importance of protection. He earned a varsity letter in 2009 simply by protecting Vol kickers as a blocker on punts and placements. That was akin to overseeing a...

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