Thursday Practice Report

A focused Tennessee football team made some last minute adjustments for the South Carolina Gamecocks during Thursday's practice. Phillip Fulmer also spelled out the gameplan for Saturday, too. As you can imagine, it's not much of a mystery.

"We'll try to stop the run and run the football the best we can," Fulmer said.

The Vols biggest challenge offensively could be opening up some holes at the line of scrimmage for their running backs to get through. South Carolina's defense is based around a very strong front four.

Earlier in the week there had been some speculation regarding the health of starting running back Cedric Houston. Houston bruised his hip in the Florida game. However, Fulmer expects a healthy Houston to show up against the Gamecocks.

"Ced's fine," said Fulmer. "Ced was ready to go on Monday. I'm surprised he recovered that quick. Jabari having all those yards in the second half probably got his attention."

Fulmer also mentioned that sophomore tailback Gerald Riggs is probable. This news comes after Riggs failed to make the trip to Gainesville because of an ankle injury.

Tennessee will welcome two new starters into the rotation this week, too.

On the offensive line, Jason Respert will get the nod at left guard after grading out well against the Gators. Respert will fill in for Anthony Hererra, who according to Fulmer, has been battling an ankle injury.

The Vols most versatile lineman, Cody Douglas will begin the game at right guard.

On the defensive line, Parys Haralson moves in at left end. Karlton Neal will take a back seat to Haralson, who had a career high two sacks versus Florida.

UT has a walk-through scheduled for Friday in Neyland Stadium.


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