Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee wrapped up its week of practice on Thursday afternoon. The team heads into next week relatively healthy. However, there are a couple of exceptions.

"I've been limping around for the last few weeks," head coach Phillip Fulmer said while leaning on his crutches. "It turns out I have a little stress fracture. I won't be held out of the game."

Fulmer is also hoping his starting tailback, Cedric Houston, is ready for action, too.

"Ced looks like he‚s going to be okay," Fulmer said. "I don't know if he's going to be 100-percent but he's going to be close."

The prognosis on offensive tackle Albert Toeaina is still up in the air. Fulmer said Toeaina‚s bruised knee would be re-evaluated on Monday.

As for the Vols next opponent, Fulmer believes his team has gotten a good head start on preparing for Florida.

"Florida's a really good team from watching their film from last year," Fulmer said. "They have a great quarterback, skill all over the place, and they‚re very good up front. This is the kind of game that you've got to minimize your penalties and turnovers and get some takeaways."

One of the key bright spots for Tennessee this season has been the emergence of the well-traveled Justin Reed.

"It's a great story of what Justin's done," said Fulmer. "A year ago I wouldn't have given you a nickel for him playing any football here. He's a good kid and worked hard academically. We were going to make sure he got his education. He wanted to work and wanted to get himself ready to play." "We tried him at receiver and he would have been the biggest receiver in the history of football if that would have worked out. We needed some help at tight end and he gained another twenty pounds. He's no killer, but he's becoming a good player. You love his attitude and that‚s what you love most."

The Vols have a three-day weekend before hitting the practice field on Monday.


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