Monday Practice Report

On Monday afternoon Tennessee returned to the practice field for the first time since beating Miami over the weekend. Tennessee's offense still leaves something to be desired according to head coach Phillip Fulmer. However, in spite of the inefficiencies, the Vols have reached the middle of November within reach of some of their team goals.

Early returns on the new BCS poll had UT rated seventh. Yet, Fulmer called the BCS a "distraction" when he was asked about it. Nevertheless, Fulmer seemed happy that his team has positioned itself among the nations elite. The next test for the Vols is not to fall in the rankings.

On the injury front, senior strong safety Rashad Baker is listed as questionable heading into the game versus Mississippi St. Baker has not played since the Alabama game because of a knee injury.

Corey Campbell, a true freshman, has filled in admirably in Baker's absence.

Casey Clausen is a little sore, too. Clausen did not wear a helmet during Monday's practice because of soreness in his neck. As you can probably imagine, the pain was inflicted when Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork twisted Clausen's helmet off in the second half of Saturday's game. Clausen is expected to be fine, though.

Derrick Tinsley garnered high praise from Fulmer following his stand-out performance over the weekend on offense and special teams. The junior scored the game's only touchdown on an end around that fooled everybody. He also recovered the fumbled punt in the fourth quarter that iced the game for Tennessee.

On the sidelines during the 4th and 2 call at the end of the first half, Fulmer joked that a couple of coaches raised their eyebrows when the reverse was called for Tinsley. After the end result, it's tough to question Fulmer's decision.

The running back tandem of Cedric Houston, Jabari Davis, and Gerald Riggs had their best game of the season according to Fulmer as well. Tennessee practices again on Tuesday.


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