Monday Practice Report

After Saturday's thrilling 5 overtime win over Alabama, Tennessee got back to work inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on Monday afternoon. Despite the fact that the Vols have a homecoming showdown with Duke on Saturday, the events of the past weekend dominated Phillip Fulmer's post practice media conference.

"We'll enjoy it but we are totally focused on Duke," Fulmer said.

Even with that focus, Fulmer may have to take some time out this week to return all of the congratulations he received over the weekend.

"I've had 50 calls today," said Fulmer. "I haven't returned any of them yet. Everybody was talking about how incredible it was to sit there and watch it (the Alabama game)."

The game that Fulmer alluded to yielded some awards and some injuries.

Casey Clausen's 23-43 passing performance which netted 283 yards and 4 touchdowns was good enough to get the senior signal caller the SEC offensive player of the week award.

Robert Peace had what most would consider his best game. Peace was in on 16 tackles. 5 went for loss.

Fulmer also complimented James Banks on his 103 yard receiving performance. Troy Fleming gained some praise for his steady work at fullback. Corey Campbell caught Fulmer's eye, too. The true freshman saw plenty of action at free safety with Rashad Baker on the sidelines.

On the down side, it looks like Tennessee will be without two starters for their next game.

Running back Cedric Houston and Baker were both hurt over the weekend.

According to Fulmer, the immediate prognosis is not what the team would like to see for the Duke game.

"I doubt if either one of them will be available for the game," said Fulmer.

As for the Blue Devils, Fulmer has had a little bit of time to see what they have to offer on offense.

"They had a chance to beat NC State," said Fulmer. "They have a lot of creativity and imagination. We should certainly be prepared."

Tuesday is media day at UT. Tennessee will practice during the afternoon.


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