Saturday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee went through its final preparations for Sunday's season opener on Saturday afternoon inside Neyland Stadium. Several hundred lettermen were in attendance as the Vols readied for UNLV.

"I know our team has prepared well," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Our first challenge is to be the best that we could be." Because the game between the Vols and UNLV is being played on Sunday instead of Saturday, UT's customary walk through was pushed back a day.

"As we've done it, it s almost like a Friday," Fulmer said. "It's been funny watching all the college football today and not having a chance to come out here and play tonight."

Keeping giveaways to a minimum is something Fulmer pointed to as a key to victory.

"Coach (John) Robinson has proven he can coach," Fulmer said. "Last year they beat Wisconsin with five turnovers. "We've got to take care of the football and help those youngsters have success."

In addition to Robinson walking the sidelines for the Runnin‚ Rebels, UNLV carries plenty of experience with them, too. However, Fulmer knows that the more he focuses on his team, the better the chances are of opening up the season with a victory.

"They're a very well coached football team," Fulmer said. "They have 25 seniors. Right now we're worried about taking care of Tennessee."


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