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Reveiz recovers on two fronts, helps Vols beat USM
Colquitt said he expects to be ‘100 percent’ for UF


Nick Reveiz, the Volunteer “meatball” also known to freshmen as “the human muscle,” was “Doubting Nick” about his playing status for the start of Tennessee’s 2007 football season.

But that was a few weeks before an opening game tackle and fumble recovery last week against Southern Mississippi.

Reveiz overcame doubts about rehab from a fractured left leg suffered in spring practice and, as a starter on kick-off coverage, contributed to the Vols’ 39-19 home win against USM Sept. 8.


Anticipating his first-ever playing time in Neyland Stadium, “Knowing I was starting on special teams and I was going to have an impact on the game, I couldn’t breathe,” the redshirt freshman said upon running through the Pride of the Southland Marching Band’s locally famous “T” prior to the USM game. “When I hit the sideline I was just so pumped up, so jacked up.”

Making the game’s first tackle on the opening kick-off, “That’s what I was praying for, I was hoping that we were going to kick-off first, so I could just go out there and show what I can do,” said Reveiz, a former Farragut Admiral standout linebacker.

“… First play of the game, first kick-off, and I really wanted to make a statement and show people I’m for real.”

As for his fumble recovery in the fourth quarter that helped Tennessee put the USM game on ice with a 47-yard Daniel Lincoln field goal, Reveiz said, “Just like any other time I was just running full-speed down there. I think Dorian Davis made the big hit. … I just hustled to get on the ball.”

Seeing his first major college football action in front of a national television audience on ABC against California in Berkeley, “I think I had like 20 text messages, and like 10 voice mails,” said the 5-10, 225-pound Reveiz, who is also third-string middle linebacker. “It was an awesome feeling.”

However, “Cal was fun, but Neyland Stadium was incredible. I got a lot more snaps for Southern Miss. I was out there a good amount. It was awesome, everything I’d dreamed.”

THE INJURY

Motivated by those saying he’s “too short” and “too slow” to play on the major college level, Reveiz wandered if indeed he’d be too slow — if only due to “aching” from his healing left leg.

“I was running, but it was still hurting, like the whole summer,” Reveiz said. “It was something I really prayed about. I was worried, really. … After a long practice, I was thinking ‘how I am going to get through this?’

“But it was funny how God answered my prayers, because as soon as we put on those pads and as soon as we started running, as soon as that happened — I had cleats on and everything — the pain went away,” Reveiz added.

COLQUITT STATUS

“Feeling pain” against Cal from his pre-season quadricep injury, and sitting out the Southern Miss game, junior All-SEC punter Britton Colquitt said he was “still a little sore, but I feel like it will be a hundred percent by Saturday” against Florida in Gainesville.

 

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