Monday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - The Vols kicked off game week preparations for UNLV in the rain on Monday. For the first time this season, head coach Phillip Fulmer met the media before practice to discuss some pressing situations.

The biggest news of the day comes at the expense of Albert Toeaina. Toeaina has been nursing a couple of injuries as of late.

"Albert Toeaina looks like he's going to be (out) a week or so with a pretty significant bruise," Fulmer said. "It could be a couple weeks. They did an MRI and they found it was when he was hit in the scrimmage."

If Toeaina doesn't play on Sunday, look for sophomore Arron Sears to get the starting nod at right offensive tackle.

On the other side of the ball, Turk McBride has battled back from a sore left wrist to make an impact at defensive tackle. McBride, a converted end, has put on 20 pounds in the off-season in order to make the smooth transition inside on defense. Fulmer mentioned last week he would be the fourth defensive tackle called upon for duty.

"Turk has played well enough that you could look at him as a starter at either one of those positions," Fulmer said. "He was the most improved player in spring practice and he's had a fantastic camp. We're fortunate to have a little depth at defensive end if Antonio Reynolds and Xavier Mitchell continue to come along."

As for the two young quarterbacks, Fulmer still hasn't named a starter, at least not publicly.

"I think we've got a good plan as to what we want to do," Fulmer said. "I think our football team is comfortable with where we are. Regardless both of them are going to play. I think the players understand the challenges they have in front of them. This week is still crucial for us to continue to work the young quarterbacks."

Other than the quarterbacks, Fulmer said he was "looking at playing a good number of freshmen."

The Vols practice Monday through Friday this week and have a walk-through scheduled for Saturday before the game on Sunday night.


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