Monday Practice Report

Tennessee returned to practice on Monday for the first time since Thursday afternoon. With the Florida game just five days away, head coach Phillip Fulmer is still working on trying to get the Gators figured out and his team prepared.

"They're a good team," said Fulmer. "Physically and scheme-wise they give you a lot of problems on both sides of the ball."

The ability to run the football is something Tennessee hopes to establish. However, maybe the most important thing for UT to focus on is holding on to the football. Fulmer mentioned that he had a tough time watching the tape of the Tennessee-Florida game from 2002. Fulmer alluded to the five minutes worth of fumbled snaps and miscues that opened the door in the second quarter for a Florida romp in Neyland Stadium.

"We certainly can't help a good team and expect to win," said Fulmer.

Fulmer does expect help from the weather this time around though.

"I don't expect it to rain," Fulmer said. "You try to prepare for the heat as best you can."

The Vols head coach also mentioned that he thought the heat would be worse if the game began later in the afternoon. Kick-off is scheduled for just after noon.

On the injury front, Tennessee is healthy for the most part. Red-shirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Harrell and freshman wide receiver Robert Meacham will not play. Neither player has seen a snap all year. Harrell should return from a fractured foot in the weeks to come. Meacham will sit out the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Sophomore wide receiver and cornerback Jonathan Wade will most likely miss the UF game with a separated shoulder. If the injury requires surgery, Wade would red-shirt.

Wide receiver Tony Brown is listed as questionable with a sore groin. His status will be updated on Thursday.

Senior strong safety Gibril Wilson and sophomore running back Gerald Riggs returned from ankle sprains.

Regardless of who is injured and who is 100 percent, Fulmer hinted at playing plenty of players on Saturday.

"Hopefully our 70 we take will be able to contribute," Fulmer said.

The Vols return to practice on Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday is also media day.


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