Friday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE -The Vols got some good hot weather work in on Friday afternoon. Head coach Phillip Fulmer also announced one player would be suspended indefinitely and another had switched positions for the second time in a week.

"I continue to be concerned for Victor McClure's personal health and well-being," Fulmer read from a prepared statement. "At this time he will be on non-participation status due to medical issues and disciplinary action for a violation of team rules."

McClure's suspension leaves some room at tight end to be had. Fulmer said Justin Reed is the front runner to start. Fulmer also mentioned C.J. Leak was going to be in the tight end mix. Leak moved from quarterback to safety at the beginning of the week. On Friday, he was back on offense. The move is meant to get Leak on the field in a more timely manner.

In other news at the tight end position, Fulmer likes the way freshman Chris Brown is progressing. He said Brad Cottam is the best route runner of the bunch, but needs to get stronger.

Jon Wade, Corey Larkins, and Cedric Houston were returning kicks during the early stages of practice. Houston said he hadn't been a kick-returner since high school. However, Fulmer thinks Houston's ability will be an improvement in the return game.

The safety position is a looking a little more sured up after Tuesday's scrimmage, too. Yet, according to Fulmer, defensive tackle and fullback are still question marks.

On the injury front, Jayson Swain, Bret Smith, Turk McBride, and Albert Toeaina missed practice on Friday. James Banks did not participate either due to an undisclosed reason.

The Vols have a kicking-scrimmage scheduled for Saturday morning.

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