"With young quarterbacks playing, some things will be a thrill a minute," Fulmer said. "I really have been happy with the way they've handled themselves. I know on the front end we‚ll have to be somewhat patient with some things. They've gotten us to the line of scrimmage. They‚ve handled the huddle well. They don't make a lot of silly mistakes. I‚ve been awful happy with the way the rest of the team has lifted them up."
Former quarterback and currently suspended safety James Banks was seen limping off the practice field with his right knee wrapped. Banks is expected to undergo knee surgery on Friday. How long he is sidelined after the surgery remains a mystery until after the work is done.
"He may be back in three weeks," Fulmer said. "It may be four or five (weeks) before he's ready. It may be one of those things when it's next year. Hopefully it's three weeks. If it's not, we'll live with it and go from there."
The offensive line is battling some injuries of its own. However, losing a couple of key players hasn't put a cramp in Fulmer's style.
Ligon could see double duty at tight end, too. If he plays on the line and at tight end, look for him to wear two different numbered jerseys, depending on which position he's at. He'll wear 66 on the line and 99 at tight end.
Rob Smith, who will start his first career game at left guard, won high praise from Fulmer.
"Rob's the toughest guy up there," Fulmer said. The Vols will have a similar practice on Friday and walk through their game plan on Saturday.