Tuesday Practice Report

With the Georgia Bulldogs coming to town on Saturday, a focused group of Vols took to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon. Phillip Fulmer has already said that the Bulldogs will be the most offensively balanced team the Vols have faced thus far. With that in mind, it appears the defensive units are trying to be on the same page this week.

"Communication all over is important in football and particularly people who are being coordinated together between the secondary and the linebackers," Fulmer said. "We've played some fast tempo offenses and we're getting ready to play another one. Those kind of breakdowns, even if there's just one or two, are usually going to bite you in the butt."

Tennessee expects to have red shirt freshman defensive tackle Justin Harrell back for the game. His presence should alleviate some of the pressure being felt at the line of scrimmage. Nevertheless, it will be Harrell's first live action since 2001, his senior year in high school.

"Justin Harrell did alright, but he needs to work on his positioning," Fulmer said. "I don't know how much he'll be able to help us because he hasn't played in so long. But he will play."

Aside from Harrell, Fulmer walked away from practice pleased with what some of his other young linemen accomplished.

"I was particularly pleased with some of the defensive linemen that were out there just trying to get a whole lot better," said Fulmer. "They were embarrassed from the last ball game and the last couple of ball games. I think we had a couple of young ones grow up a little bit today, which was encouraging. Tony McDaniel looked like he had probably his best day. It looked like he did OK. We need to get better at that spot right there."

Tennesee practices again Wednesday and Thursday before Friday's walk-through in Neyland Stadium.

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