Monday Practice Report

An otherwise productive practice was marred when two Tennessee football players collided with one another towards the end of Monday's practice.

Sophomore defensive back Jason Allen was down for nearly 20 minutes before getting back on his feet. However, for Chris Heath the immediate news was not so refreshing.

Heath was wheeled out of the indoor complex on a stretcher with his head immobilized. An ambulance took Heath to the hospital following the collision.

"We certainly hope Jason Allen and Chris Heath will be fine," Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Jason looked like he'll be fine."

"Chris was transported to UT Hospital," Fulmer said. "It's one of those unfortunate things. Chris wasn't as conscious as you'd like him to be."

As far as practice went, UT looks like they have put the big win against Florida behind them and have their sights squarely set on South Carolina.

The Gamecocks visit Knoxville on Saturday. Waiting for them will be a stable running backs ready for battle.

Cedric Houston, who was knocked out of Saturday's game with a hip pointer, returned to practice on Monday. Fulmer jokingly said Houston was worried Jabari Davis would take his carries if he missed any more time.

Davis, on the other hand, was named the SEC offensive player of the week. The award comes after he scored twice against the Gators to seal Tennessee's victory in The Swamp.

Gerald Riggs, who missed the trip to Gainesville with an injured ankle, was limited on Monday. Fulmer says that Riggs' status for this weekend's game is up in the air.

Fulmer praised the work of Tennessee's training and medical staff, too. So far this season, when the opposition has wilted late in the game, Tennessee has gotten stronger.

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

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