Vols, Wildcats missing defensive tackles

Both Kentucky and Tennessee will be without defensive tackles in their game this Saturday in Knoxville.

Kentucky's Mark Crawford, who has started most of this season, has been suspended for the remainder of the season for what coach Joker Phillips said was a violation of team rules.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley announced Monday that sophomore Montori Hughes was suspended for this game for violating the Vols' academic policy. Hughes was expected to be one of Tennessee's top defenders this season, but has suffered through a disappointing season and hasn't been much of a factor down the stretch. Still, the Vols are extremely thin at defensive tackle and can't afford to lose anybody at this point.

With Crawford out, that means freshman Donte Rumph will see his snaps increase at tackle for the Wildcats. Senior Ricky Lumpkin has been slowed by a knee injury and will practice on a limited basis this week, but Phillip expects him to be available for the game.