Tuesday Practice Report

There was plenty of spirit surrounding the final moments of Tuesday's football practice at Haslam Field. For starters, there was some heavy hitting during some special teams drills. The clincher was a bucket of ice water that found its way onto head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Apparently, the players were a day late in celebrating Fulmer's birthday which was on Monday. Fulmer, on the other hand, said he was just happy that he wasn't taped to a goal post. Fulmer also noted that he's fortunate his birthday doesn't fall during some of the colder months in the year.

As far as football goes, the Vols welcomed a couple of new additions onto the field and into the world.

J.T. Mapu returned from a week long hiatus. Mapu had been with his family in Hawaii tending to his older brother who was hit by a car.

"J.T. said he felt good and we'll see how he does," said Fulmer.

Mapu should provide some depth that was lacking at defensive tackle over the weekend.

Tennessee's players saw lots of special team's action, too.

"Special teams is an area we need to make sure we step forward," said Fulmer. "Usually from the first game to the second you do that."

Fulmer announced that James Wilhoit is still the team's place-kicker and Ryan Fusco would be the man to kick-off.

Fusco has wowed the coaching staff since he set foot on campus just a few weeks ago. After transferring from Arizona to a junior college, it finally looks as if Fusco has found a home in Knoxville.

"He won the job in the heat of the battle," Fulmer said. "If he continues to do well he'll keep the job."

For the second consecutive day, neither Gerald Riggs or Gibril Wilson saw action. Both players are nursing ankle sprains. Riggs will most likely sit out of Saturday's game against Marshall. Wilson is listed as a starter, though.

Away from all of the play on the field, recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Greg Adkins welcomed a new addition to his family. Adkins and his wife are the proud parents of a ten pound baby daughter which was born on Tuesday.


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