Wednesday Practice Report

Phillip Fulmer's comments after Wednesday's practice seemed to revolve more around Fresno State's quarterback situation than anything else. Paul Pinegar's torn pectoral muscle will most likely keep him on the sidelines for Saturday's season opener. Jeff Grady, a fifth year senior, will step up and reclaim the starting job that was once his.

"They're fortunate to have a back-up of that caliber," Fulmer said. "He looked really good against Wisconsin in his start last year."

When Fulmer compared Pinegar to Grady, he didn't see much of a difference.

"They have similar styles," Fulmer said. "(Grady's) probably a little bit more mobile."

Regardless of who lines up under center or out of the shotgun formation, Fulmer doesn't expect to see anything new in the Bulldogs offensive attack.

"The system's not going to change," said Fulmer. "They'll take advantage of those wide-outs and they have a really good running back."

As for the Vols, Fulmer walked away from practice impressed with the way his team has prepared for their first game of the season.

"The kids had good pep in their step and good execution," said Fulmer. "I'm anxious to see that it will all carry over to Saturday."

A couple of positions still remain up in the air for Saturday's showdown. On the offensive line, Fulmer reiterated that sophomore Cody Douglas and seniors Chavis Smith and Sean Young are vying for two positions.

"We'll announce it and try to get it done tomorrow," Fulmer said. "Hopefully they're all going to play."

Smith plays primarily at right guard. Douglas and Young have the ability to play either right guard or tackle. However, Young has worked mostly at tackle this year. Douglas has seen time at both positions.

The kicking game is also a toss-up as to who will be first up to boot field goals. According to Fulmer, Phillip Newman and James Wilhoit are both capable of doing the job.


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