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Vols' Randolph ready to return from torn ACL

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee safety Brian Randolph hopes to follow the example of a former teammate as he attempts to complete a comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Randolph watched Justin Hunter return from a torn ACL last year and enjoy one of the most prolific seasons of any receiver in school history. Hunter bypassed his senior season and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round.

When Hunter wasn't catching passes, he occasionally was offering advice to Randolph, who tore the ACL in his right knee last September. Randolph now wants to have a similarly successful return.

Less than a year after surgery, Randolph says he's at about 95 percent heading into Tennessee's Aug. 31 season opener against Austin Peay.