Thursday Practice Report

The Tennessee football team got a good dress rehearsal for Saturday‚s game against Florida. Thursday's practice was plagued by rainy and windy conditions. However, after another day of hoping for the best and expecting the worst, head coach Phillip Fulmer seems to like where his team is with game day quickly approaching.

Following practice, Fulmer spent plenty of time fielding questions about his two true freshman quarterbacks, Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer.

"I'm sure it's going to be Brent," Fulmer said when asked who would start the ballgame. However, in Fulmer's opinion Ainge benefits from the time he gets away from the field of play.

"I think it's probably helped Erik to be on the sidelines," Fulmer said. "I'm sure he'd rather be out there (on the field) though."

A couple of players seem to be a bit better off health-wise, too. Bret Smith and Cedric Houston missed practice last week because of injuries. Yet, this week the two look like they should be good to go.

"Bret Smith has probably been more healthy than he's been," Fulmer said of his young and talented receiver. Houston also has bounced back nicely from a sprained ankle in UT's season opener.

"Today you couldn't tell (he was hurt)," Fulmer said of Houston.

The Vols have a walk-through scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in Neyland Stadium.

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