Wednesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - For the first time since beating Florida, head coach Phillip Fulmer indicated his team may be suffering from a little lethargy. Apparently, the big victory over the Gators has stuck with the Vols longer than originally expected. However, there is no rest for the weary as the team must regroup and prepare for a tough Louisiana Tech squad.

"We don't have a crystal ball to know how we're going to respond to a good team like Louisiana Tech," Fulmer said. "We've got a good plan and we're ready to go."

Running back Ryan Moats is a cause for concern with the Vols rushing defense, too. Moats had back-to-back 257-yard games to open up the season. He had nearly 100-yards versus Miami last week.

"Moats is one of those guys, if you don't get in front of him and gang tackle, he'll tear you arm off," Fulmer said. "He is a hard running guy. It's the third week in a row we're facing a really good running back."

As far as the pass defense goes, Fulmer seems to be at ease with two of his players in the secondary. However, who will play and play well at the other corner and strong safety is still up in the air.

"I've seen them move around better and the tackling is better," Fulmer said. "Their assignments are improved. We've got to get better."

"Jason (Allen) is much more comfortable at safety now that he's over there. (Jon) Hefney is a competitive son of a gun. I don't have to worry about either one of those guys. The other positions, we'll see what happens."

Up front on the defensive line, Fulmer is happier with his defensive ends, too.

"Parys (Haralson) has played well," Fulmer said. "Jason (Hall) had a sack in the first game. Karlton (Neal) has done well. Turk (McBride) has played end and tackle. We‚re doing alright."

At linebacker, Fulmer says Jon Poe and Jason Mitchell are co-starters in the middle. Yet, the main concern is developing depth at each linebacking position.

"It's time for Daniel Brooks to grow up and become a player," Fulmer said. "This week's been his best week since he's been here. Ryan Karl and James Turner and (Jerod) Mayo and Ellix Wilson need as many reps as we can get them."

Tennessee still has co-starter's at the quarterback position. When asked if Brent Schaeffer or Erik Ainge would start Fulmer replied, "One of them will."

On the injury front, Cody Douglas had his customary orange jersey on Wednesday after donning the green no-contact jersey yesterday. Jared Hostetter and Ell Ash also look like their injuries are lessening, too. Jayson Swain missed most of practice with a seasonal illness that has been going around the team.

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