Monday Practice Report

Tennessee's football team returned to the gridiron for the first time on Monday afternoon since demolishing Fresno St. 24-6 over the weekend. Despite the convincing victory, the Vols still feel like they've got some things to iron out.

Tennessee's defense came out of week one leading the nation in total defense and rushing defense. Fresno St. mustered -1 yard on the ground and 117 total yards. Nevertheless, after watching the tape head coach Phillip Fulmer still thinks his defensive tackles are a bit suspect.

"We haven't solved that problem yet," said Fulmer.

Although Fulmer did compliment senior Mondre Dickerson, nobody else registered with Fulmer as far as having a breakout performance.

On the other side of the line, the Vols rushed for 274 yards on the ground. According to Fulmer, the starters across the offensive line looked terrific. However, there is still some room to develop some depth.

After thinking his team might be able to go as many as two deep across the offensive line earlier in the year, Fulmer backed off that statement on Monday.

Instead of going with eight or nine guys on the line, Fulmer said playing seven or eight is a little more realistic.

In the offensive backfield, Fulmer liked what each of his four horses did on Saturday.

"Cedric ran until he got tired," Fulmer said. "Jabari was a nice change of pace. I thought Riggs was off to a really great start. Corey Larkins brings a different dimension."

Overall, Fulmer liked what he saw from the offense. He also thought they could have done more, too.

"We should have had 35 points," Fulmer said.

On the injury front, sophomore running back Gerald Riggs and senior strong safety Gibril Wilson sat out of practice on Monday. Both are nursing ankle sprains suffered in the game against Fresno St..

Riggs is currently questionable for this week's match-up versus Marshall. Wilson, on the other hand, is expected to play on Saturday.

Should Wilson not be in the starting line-up, look for Jason Allen to get the nod.

Finally, Fulmer celebrated his 53rd birthday on Monday.

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