Wednesday Practice Report

Following Wednesday's practice, Phillip Fulmer remained impressed with the attitude and focus of his football team. However, the one thing that Fulmer seems to be most happy about is the fact that his team enters the month of November in contention for a championship.

It's no secret that Miami doesn't compete in the SEC. Yet, Saturday's game could go a long way in determining how the league's athletics directors vote on who represents the east if the three-way tie at the top between Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee is not broken in the next month.

All indications point to the Vols taking a businesslike approach to their trip down to south Florida this weekend. The turnover battle could prove pivotal, but forcing takeaways is not exactly Tennessee's specialty this year.

"We're not giving it away," said Fulmer. "People are being careful with what they do. Duke ran a draw on third and eight."

"People are being pretty smart. I don't know if Miami will worry about that. Our goal is three a game and we haven't approached that."

On the injury front, Tennessee is in pretty good shape. It remains to be seen how effective J.T. Mapu will be on the defensive line. Cedric Houston's status isn't fully known either. Mapu was hurt in the Duke game. Houston did not play versus the Blue Devils. An updated injury report will be unveiled on Thursday.

Finally, plenty of rumors have been swirling around as of late regarding Phillip Fulmer's future at the University of Tennessee. Apparently, FOX Sports is reporting that he is a candidate for the Atlanta Falcons head coaching position.

"I guess you never say never to anything but I have no wish or reason to do anything except be the head football coach at the University of Tennessee for as long as they'd like me to be here," Fulmer said.

"I'd like to coach at least ten more years, I think. It's interesting. I mean it's the next level. But again, I'm really, really satisfied and happy with what I'm doing here."

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