Monday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE-Following Mondays afternoon practice, head coach Phillip Fulmer offered up some of his thoughts on the Vols scrimmage over the weekend. Several newcomers, including the two freshman quarterbacks, caught Fulmer's eye. Overall, with the exception of some injuries, the team looks as if it's heading in the right direction.

Most of the talk at practice continued to revolve around Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge's performance on Saturday.

"They did a good job," Fulmer said. "They're freshmen. They'‚re going to make mistakes. They've got to make fewer every day. They both have their own uniqueness. Other than Peyton (Manning) they're as poised as I've seen. I thought both quarterbacks handled the situations that we gave them very well. Both of them made some plays in the passing game. They haven't been under the lights in the real fire. I think they'll handle that alright, too."

Plenty of other freshman garnered high praise from Fulmer.

"I was happy with the young linebackers,"Fulmer said. "We moved Ryan Karl up to linebacker. He'll be a plus for us. Ramon Foster showed he could be tougher than he had shown to be to this point. Jon Hefney had a good scrimmage."

For the most part, Saturday's action and tomorrow's work-out will focus on developing depth around the football field.

"We're at the point where we need to get the second teamers and the back-ups ready to play," Fulmer said. "Obviously we need to get the young quarterbacks every snap we can get them. I think we made some strides with our depth at linebacker," (James) Turner showed us he can play at this level. I was pleased with the two safeties."

As for Tuesday's scrimmage, Fulmer mentioned it probably will not be an all out assault between the lines.

"We're going to scale things back,"Fulmer said. "We're trying to get a lot of people healthy at this point. There are some we won't get back until the first ball game."

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