Thursday Practice Report

Tennessee wrapped up its practice work for the week in Knoxville on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Phillip Fulmer seems to be pleased with the way his team has approached this week as well as the Auburn game on Saturday. With all of the preparation both teams have put in, it's still a mystery as to how points will be put up on the scoreboard.

"You don't know where the plays are going to come from," said Fulmer. "It may come in the kicking game. It may come from a long drive either way. It may come from a defensive play."

Up to this point in the season, Tennessee has been able to win in spite of a few lackluster offensive outputs.

"They've been a team that's been resourceful," said Fulmer. "They've been able to make plays and find a way to win. We've got to figure out how to do it one more time."

In order to get their fifth win of the season, Fulmer pointed out how it would have to be a total team effort.

"We're going to plan on the possibility of 70 getting in the ballgame," Fulmer said. "We played 57 down at Florida. We've been able to play a number of people. We're going to need all the help we can get."

Like Fulmer said, 70 players are on the travel roster. However, as expected, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Harrell is not. He will stay home and hope for a chance to play in next week's game versus Georgia.

John Poe, on the other hand, is on the roster and could see some time on Saturday at linebacker. Poe has battle back from a sore hamstring.

Chuck Prugh won't be on the field when the ball gets kicked off on Saturday night. Prugh is still in the hospital fighting a virus. However, you won't have to look far to find his number 67. Scott Wells, the Vols senior center, will wear Prugh's jersey for the game.

"I think it's a great gesture on his part," Fulmer said. "He and Chuck are best friends. The whole offensive line is really close. I think Chuck will appreciate that."

As a matter of fact, the entire team will wear number 67 patches on the back of their helmets. Fulmer and the rest of the team remain prayerful that Prugh is out of the hospital soon.

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