August 6, 2007

Bolden wants talk to continue

Much has been said about defensive tackle Demonte Bolden and a lot of it has not been very nice. Bolden arrived at Tennessee a four-star defensive tackle who everyone thought would make a quick impact out of prep school.

But the junior's impact has been minimal to date. As a freshman, Bolden played in one game and did not record a tackle. As a sophomore, the Chattanooga, Tn, native had 22 tackles and a sack. Most have not questioned his talent, but it has been more of will he ever use his talent.

With losses of Justin Harrell and Turk McBride, Bolden is now expected to be a starter and a guy who plays a much greater role in the trenches. During spring practice, Bolden got off to a slow start raises the ire of the coaching staff. But on Sunday, Bolden received praise from head coach Phillip Fulmer for his start of practice. Fulmer was pleased with Bolden's pad leverage. And Bolden said that playing at the right angle was the only thing on his mind.

"I started off the way I wanted to," Bolden said. "I just have to keep bringing it."

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