Tuesday Practice Report

The weather was drizzly and damp but that didn't affect Tuesday's Tennessee football practice. After scoring a lot of points and playing a lot of people in last Saturday's 59-21 blowout of Mississippi State, the Vols put in a spirited, upbeat workout.

''It felt good for the coaches to get to see some people, and certainly it helped the attitude of everybody that was able to get in the ballgame,'' head coach Phillip Fulmer said following the workout. ''You practice so you can play, and we hadn't had many games where we could get other people in there.

''I didn't like 'em getting those two late scores,'' he added, referring to a couple of fourth-quarter TDs by Mississippi State that closed the gap from 59-7 to 59-21. ''In fact, I hated that.But it was good to get them (little-used UT reserves) in.''

Getting up for a team like Vanderbilt is hard. After all, the Vols have beaten this weekend's foe 20 times in a row. But the Commodores showed a bit of a pulse last weekend, beating Kentucky 28-17 to snap a 23-game SEC losing streak. Might that help UT's players take the Dores more seriously?

''I think our team understands that,'' Fulmer said. ''They've played against Vanderbilt enough times to know we're going to get a great effort from them. They took Ole Miss to the wire -- Ole Miss won late with a field goal -- and they were ahead of Georgia at halftime -- so this is not a team you need to mess around with.

''Hopefully, we'll play well. We'll HAVE to play well.''


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