Starting center to wear No. 67

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee center Scott Wells will honor backup Chuck Prugh by wearing his jersey Saturday while Prugh
continues to battle an illness.

Every player also will wear Prugh's No. 67 on the back of their
helmets for the seventh-ranked Volunteers' game at Auburn, coach
Phillip Fulmer said after practice Thursday.

"That's only in honor of him. We're expecting good things to
come out of his recovery," Fulmer said.

Prugh has been in intensive care at University of Tennessee
Medical Center since Sept. 27 with an illness doctors believe could
be caused by a virus. He remained in critical condition Thursday,
hospital officials said.

Wells was listed on the roster as No. 67 instead of his usual
No. 64, a change he made this week.

"It's just a great gesture on his part, something he wanted to
do. He and Chuck are best friends as that whole offensive line
group are really close," Fulmer said. "We're still prayerful he's
going to continue to make progress. I think Chuck will appreciate

Prugh has been using a ventilator to help him breathe but has
been able to communicate with visitors by winking, smiling and
moving his arms, teammate Jason Respert, who has visited him at the
hospital, told The Tennessean.

Prugh, a senior, transferred from Carson-Newman as a walk-on in
2000. He was awarded a scholarship this fall and has routinely
spelled Wells during games.