Gerald Jones is tired of being grounded.
The Tennessee wide receiver who moonlights as a quarterback in what's called the "G-gun" package said he must attempt some passes behind center rather than just handing the ball off or tucking and running if he's going to keep defenses honest.
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He's hoping his first pass of the season comes Saturday when Tennessee (1-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) faces No. 15 Auburn (3-1, 1-1).
"A lot of people are going to be expecting the run, so I wouldn't be surprised if come Auburn we do run it and I might be throwing it," he said. "There's so many things we can do out of that package that we haven't brought out yet."
Even though the Vols' offense has shown it can put together long drives, players have struggled with drive-killing mistakes. A few big plays from Jones could help.
The sophomore figured to play a large role this season in first-year offensive coordinator Dave Clawson's offense.
"We have more out of it. We feel Gerald Jones is one of our best playmakers, and the G-gun package is there in part to ensure that he has his hands on the football," Clawson said.
Jones was the Gatorade player of the year in 2006 in Oklahoma as a quarterback and defensive player at Millwood High, but was recruited as a receiver or cornerback.
Last year as a freshman, he earned playing time at receiver and had crucial touchdown and first-down catches in overtime in a 52-50 win over Kentucky.
But he generated buzz at quarterback, taking eight snaps from center. He rushed for 58 yards for a 7.2 yard average and two touchdowns.
This season, he's taken nine snaps — three against UCLA and six against Florida — and the Vols are averaging 9 yards on those plays.
Rebel with a cause
Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead had his first awful day for his new team, throwing four interceptions against Vanderbilt in a 23-17 loss on Saturday.
The sophomore transfer (from Texas) had been sensational at times in the team's previous three games, including four touchdown passes against Wake Forest. But he'll need to bounce back quick from Saturday's loss if the Rebels have any hope at No. 4 Florida (3-0, 1-0)
Snead remains atop the SEC with six touchdown passes, in a tie with South Carolina's Chris Smelley. Saturday's effort gives him seven interceptions.
An SEC welcome
Florida running back Emmanuel Moody's first SEC game came with a surprise. He knew things against Tennessee would be a little faster, more intense and more physical. But there was one thing he didn't expect:
"A little dirty," Moody said. "That's part of football. Whatever you can do to try to win, that's what the SEC's gonna try to do."
Moody declined to say exactly what the Volunteers did in Florida's 30-6 win at Knoxville last week. But the Southern Cal transfer said it was much different from high school football in Texas or college ball on the West Coast.
"When you're in the pile, they're doing some things, trying to get you angry," he said.
Moody ran nine times for 55 yards against the Vols. It looks like he will supplant Kestahn Moore as starter when Florida hosts Mississippi (2-2, 0-1) on Saturday.
Capture the flags
Georgia's third-ranked Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) are the most penalized team in the SEC with 43 flags for 356 yards. That's an average of nearly 11 penalties for 89 yards each game.
Georgia faces No. 8 Alabama this weekend.
"If a guy jumps offsides, he's anxious to get off on the snap. We want him to be anxious getting off on the snap," Coach Mark Richt said. "If we hit a quarterback later than we should, at least the guy was running 100 mph to harass that guy, which is what we're trying to do.
"We've got to play within the rules. We've got to be more disciplined. But we don't say to quit playing hard."
King returns to practice
South Carolina offensive lineman Jarriel King returned to practice Wednesday, a day after undergoing hours of testing for a heart condition.
King was lifting weights Tuesday when he felt what Coach Steve Spurrier called a heart flutter. King had previously been diagnosed with an irregular heart beat and takes medication to control it.
King underwent about 10 hours of testing. He expects to play Saturday against visiting UAB.
Paterno still a tough guy
Thirty years ago, when he was a half-century old, Joe Paterno ignored the advice of doctors to rest after undergoing a hernia operation.
The Penn State coach had things to do. First he was to meet Alabama Coach Bear Bryant. Then he would to catch up with his family on vacation in Avalon, N.J.
"So he gets in his car, drives to New York, and has dinner with Coach Bryant, and then drives three hours down the Shore at 1 o'clock in the morning," said his son Jay, who was around 10 at the time. "He was bleeding through the stitches, and my mom was irate. There are all kinds of stories like that."
For those close to Paterno, 81, it was no surprise that he was on the sideline when Penn State kicked off to Temple on Saturday despite an injured right leg. With the Nittany Lions ahead, 31-0, Paterno moved up to the box for the second half. Now, he says he intends to be on the sideline for Saturday's clash between 12th-ranked Penn State and No. 22 Illinois.
Navy gets bowl invite
Navy will play in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl if it has the required six victories. Navy has played in the San Diego bowl twice since it started in 2005.