Wednesday Practice Report

Tennessee put one more productive practice in the books on Wednesday afternoon. The Vols are halfway through their preparations for the South Carolina Gamecocks, a team that has presented numerous challenges in the past.

Thus far, head coach Phillip Fulmer is pleased with the way his team has progressed this week.

"We've had a good three good days," said Fulmer. "I hope we can put another one together tomorrow."

Fulmer reiterated just how good South Carolina's defensive front is, along with some comments about their offense.

"We've really got to do a good job on the offensive line with all that they do," Fulmer said. "The thing you can't simulate is the speed of their wide receivers and running backs."

Fulmer is aware of the shenanigans Lou Holtz has pulled in the past concerning the way he poor mouths his team.

However, Fulmer is trying to stick to football between the lines instead of listening to the next name Holtz mipronounces.

"I don't really worry about what the other coach says or does," Fulmer said. "I think that bleeds over to our football team, not to pay attention to it. I don't get caught up in whether they say something good about you or something bad about you. The truth of it is if you prepare well you've got a good chance to win."

Regardless of what Holtz says or does, it's clear Fulmer has a deep respect for this week's adversary on the sidelines.

"Coach Holtz hasn't won all the games he has by accident," Fulmer said. "For the last four years it's been a battle right down to the bitter end."

Fulmer also mentioned that he expects to see some freshman on the field some more this weekend. Tony McDaniel continues to progress in the trenches. Bret Smith and Jayson Swain look to capitalize on their performances in Gainesville. Arron Sears will be counted on more and more on the offensive line, too.

"I told them Monday it was time for them to take their tutu's off and quit being cheerleaders and get out there and play," Fulmer said.

For the players who haven't tasted any action yet on the field, it appears they are headed towards a red-shirt season.

"If they haven't played by now they'd be hard to play," said Fulmer.

On the injury front, Gerald Riggs was back in his customary orange uniform. Riggs wore the green no-contact jersey on Tuesday. Riggs said he expects to be able to play on Saturday.

Jason Allen and Chris Heath also appear to be in the clear. The pair sustained concussions on Monday. However, the injuries should be behind them.

The Vols practice once more on Thursday before their Friday walk-through in Neyland Stadium.


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