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Local players stand out in Vols' season-opener

By Jordan Conigliaro
Published On: Sep 01 2013 08:27:19 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 01 2013 04:39:52 PM CDT

Saturday was new head coach Butch Jones' Tennessee debut at Neyland Stadium. It featured some break-out performances by players with local ties.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Saturday was new head coach Butch Jones' Tennessee debut at Neyland Stadium. It featured some break-out performances by players with local ties.

Jones played 18 freshman in the win 45-0 win over Austin Peay. Two true freshman - Dobyns-Bennett's Malik Foreman and Devaun Swafford - saw plenty of action in the secondary. At times, they shared the field together.

Foreman - the reigning News 5 WCYB high school football Player Of The Year - made the biggest impact with his first career interception in the fourth quarter.
                         
Bristol's Brendan Downs caught a second quarter touchdown pass as the starting tight end. Another former Tennessee High Viking, Mack Crowder, saw action as a backup center.

Former Sullivan Central standout John Simcox also played in the second half on the offensive line for the Vols.

Austin Peay featured three local products. Science Hill's Ben Campbell is the team's starting punter. Another former Topper, Tyler Miles, plays on the offensive line.

Former Elizabethton High School cheerleader Brooke Jones is a cheerleader for Austin Peay.