Monday Practice Report

After a three day weekend a revitalized Tennessee Volunteer football team hit the ground running. With Alabama on the horizon, Monday's practice had a little bit of a different feel. Head coach Phillip Fulmer hopes his team can turn the excitement of the week into a win on Saturday.

"The enthusiasm and energy was good," said Fulmer. "The kids have an understanding of the challenge they have in playing Alabama."

Fulmer has been a part of this great southern rivalry for nearly thirty years. Whether it's been as a player, an assistant coach, or a head coach, this game has a special meaning.

"Having been a part of it as a player, it always was different when it came up Alabama week. As a coach you feel the energy and excitement." "I gave them as much of the history that I possibly could," said Fulmer. "There aren't too many people that could tell more of it than me and coach Chavis and coach Sanders and the guys that have been through those wars."

Tennessee will have to shut down the Tide's running attack if they hope to escape Tuscaloosa with a win.

Since quarterback Brodie Croyle's separated shoulder is still not 100%, Alabama will rely heavily on the legs of running back Shaud Williams.

Williams has already caught Fulmer's eye on tape.

"He's a great back," said Fulmer. "He's a guy that's got fantastic speed. He sees well. He comes from a lot of places. He catches it well out of the backfield. He runs hard. They're one of the better rushing teams that we'll see this year."

Finally, for years this series was played in Birmingham at Legion Field. However, as of late the game has moved to Tuscaloosa and Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Fulmer said he liked the college setting of Tuscaloosa. He also quipped that he doesn't expect any niceties behind the stadium's closed doors.

"I don't know of anybody that goes out of their way in the southeastern conference to make the visiting lockeroom a welcome place," Fulmer said.

Tennessee practices again tomorrow afternoon. Tuesday is also media day.

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