Dooley: Tennessee has contacted Penn State players

Georgia coach Mark Richt isn't the only SEC coach looking for a late addition for 2012 from Penn State's roster. While speaking at the Downtown Rotary Club in Knoxville, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley told the group the school has been in contact with Penn State football players.

"We've analyzed (Penn State's) roster," Dooley said. "We've had some communication with some of the players."

Dooley was quick to point out that Tennessee benefitted from a similar situation with All-SEC defensive lineman Malik Jackson. Because the Volunteers were "proactive" after USC received their sanctions, Dooley believes it helped them land the future Denver Bronco.

The Volunteers' head coach did not name any Penn State players in particular.

It should come at no surprise, as Bruce Feldman noted on Monday evening, that it's "open season" to pick off players from Penn State's roster. Not only are any student-athletes that decide to transfer eligible immediately, but the programs they join will be allowed to exceed the scholarship limit in order to make room. Players have been allowed to transfer after sanctions in the past, but these are some of the most lenient restrictions in recent history.

As noted by GoVolsXtra, one player that could have a tremendous impact on the Volunteers is running back Silas Redd. Redd, along with linebacker Khairi Fortt , has been floated as a possible target for numerous big-time programs. The Volunteers lost running back Tauren Poole to graduation, leaving sophomore Marlin Lane (280 yards in 2011) as the leading returning rusher.

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