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Vols veteran Ben Martin to start after season off

By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - On a Tennessee team loaded with freshmen and sophomores, defensive end Ben Martin sticks out a bit.

Fellow defensive lineman Malik Jackson calls Martin "Father Time" because of the length of his college career and his calm demeanor.

At 23 years old, Martin, a fifth-year senior, is older than most of his teammates. Yet he's earned their respect by quietly working his way back into the lineup from a pair of Achilles' tendon injuries that kept him off the field for a season. He's listed as a starter for the Volunteers' opener against Montana on Saturday.

The time away gave Martin plenty of extra hours in the weight room around rehabilitation sessions. He added about 15 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame and is up to about 265 pounds.

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