Thursday Practice Report

The Vols put the finishing touches on their practice routine for this week on Thursday afternoon. Saturday's game versus Vanderbilt is sure to be an emotionally grueling effort for a couple of reasons.

Saturday is senior day on "The Hill" and the team will say good-bye to some incredibly important players.

The player who stands out most to head coach Phillip Fulmer is center Scott Wells.

Wells made his first appearance against the Florida Gators in 2000, taking Fred Weary's spot in the line-up. It's a position Wells been a rock at ever since.

It hasn't always been easy for Wells, though. Tennesee was one of the few major division one schools to offer him a scholarship.

The decision to offer Wells a full ride was an easy one to make for Fulmer.

"It was an absolute no-brainer," Fulmer said. "He came from a program that was really good. He was the best player on the team. Now he's about to break the starting record that Jeff Smith had."

Fulmer went on to discuss just how good a player he thought Wells has been over the course of the last few years.

"He's been one of the best players I've coached at that position and I've coached a bunch of good ones," Fulmer said. "Even though he's undersized, he'll play in the National Football League."

Other news across the offensive line sees Arron Sears out of this weekend's game with an ankle injury. Cody Douglas will most likely get the starting nod at right tackle. Omar Gaither, who was also battling the injury bug will be limited.

The Vols have a walk through scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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