Monday Practice Report

Tennessee tried to get back on the right track on Monday following Saturday's 28-21 loss at Auburn. Head coach Phillip Fulmer wasted no time harping on the past with an ample challenge ahead of his team in the form of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Fulmer appears to be impressed with the variety of things the Bulldogs do defensively.

"They've got a really nice package," said Fulmer. "They pressure you, they can get into the nickel and dime stuff. They bring DB's up. You're not sure who's coming from where. They zone blitz. They zero pressure you or play zone. You kind of get it all. They're a really good team."

On the offensive side of the football, Fulmer made it known that he expects to see an equal dose of both the ground attack and the aerial assault from Georgia.

Obviously, Tennessee's defense must show marked improvement if they hope to contain the SEC's defending champions.

"They're as balanced as we've seen this year," Fulmer said. "I still have great confidence in our defense. We've got to get stops."

One of the players Tennessee expects to have ready for the Bulldogs on Saturday is redshirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Harrell. Harrell fractured his foot in pre-season drills.

Although he hasn't seen a college snap, Fulmer believes Harrell will be an immediate asset on his defensive front.

"Today is the first full speed work that he's had," said Fulmer. "It was good to see him out here. He'll be ready to play and have an opportunity to help us."

Harrell is just one of the youngsters that has had or will have the chance to play some meaningful minutes for the Vols. After five weeks of football, Fulmer remains pleased with where some of his greener troops stand.

"Those young ones are doing well," said Fulmer. "Whether they're at receiver, offensive line, defensive line or all those linebackers we're trying to get as many of them in the game and play and rest people as we can so that we're fresh in the fourth quarter. I'm encouraged by a number of our young guys that are out there being able to play and contribute."

Maybe the most recognized youngster who hasn't seen action since the Fresno St. game is Gerald Riggs. Riggs, a sophomore running back, didn't play in the Auburn game despite a clean bill of health. However, Fulmer did say that Riggs should see the field on Saturday.

Fulmer also mentioned that despite a pulled hamstring, sophomore defensive end Parys Haralson would be fine.

Tuesday is media day. Tennessee has a practice scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, too.

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