Tuesday Practice Report

The Vols continued their preparations for what could be a defensive struggle against South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon. The team also welcomed back two players who were injured on Monday.

Phillip Fulmer isn't taking the Gamecock defense lightly. South Carolina comes to Knoxville boasting one of the ten best defenses in the country.

"They're a good looking defense," said Fulmer. "Tenth in the country is not an accident."

Fulmer had obviously done his homework when asked to be specific about their defensive capabilites.

"They're a zone blitz team, a man team, a pressure team," Fulmer said. "They try not to give up the big play, but they're very aggressive.

The defensive front South Carolina brings into this match-up is familiar with the coaching staff, too. Fulmer acknowledged the fact that Tennessee recruited each one of them.

The Vols desperately wanted defensive ends George Gause and Moe Thompson. According to Fulmer, the Gamecocks landed a tremendous pair.

"They have two ends that can play for anyone in the country," Fulmer said.

As for the Vols, Chris Heath and Jason Allen were spotted at practice on the sidelines. Allen and Heath were injured in a collision on Monday. Both sustained concussion's but were released from the hospital hours after the incident. They wore the no-contact green jerseys and were held out of practice as a pre-caution. The medical staff is guarding against any lingering after effects from the injuries.

Gerald Riggs was also in a green jersey. He saw limited action and is still listed as questionable.

Finally, on a bit of a light note, Fulmer came clean about his reaction to finding out that junior running back Jabari Davis was ill the day before the Florida game.

"I was a little nervous on Friday afternoon when he had the virus, but I knew he was alright that night," said Fulmer.

Apparently Fulmer's hunch was right on the money. Davis rushed for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to being named the SEC's offensive player of the week.

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