Friday Practice Report

Tennessee‚s walk-through on Friday afternoon inside Neyland Stadium allowed the team to tighten some screws heading into their homecoming showdown with Louisiana Tech.

Tech's offense has garnered plenty of attention this week. However, head coach Phillip Fulmer took some time to discuss what their defense presents following Friday‚s work-out.

"Defensively, it's a unit that's only given up 321-yards a game," Fulmer said. "Teams going up against them are only converting 20-percent of their third downs. That tells you a lot."

As for the Vols, Fulmer isn't expecting a let down after last week's big win over Florida.

"I think this team is motivated to play this game," Fulmer said.

On the offensive line, Cody Douglas is battling a shoulder injury. Yet, Fulmer doesn't think he'll be hindered at all.

"I don't anticipate him being out of the game and I think he'll play for 60 minutes," Fulmer said.

If Douglas, or any other lineman was to go down, Richie Gandy has the ability to step in and fill any void.

"Richie Gandy is kind of our sixth man across the line of scrimmage except for Chuck Prugh," Fulmer said.

As for Albert Toeania, Fulmer thinks he'll get in Saturday's game.

Getting Toeaina ready for the following week is the bigger issue though.

"I should know something today," Fulmer said. "I'm expecting him to play a few snaps. I hope he's ready."

UT's secondary is undergoing a few growing pains, too.

After starting the first game of the season versus UNLV and backing up Jonathan Wade against Florida, it looks like Roshaun Fellows will make a triumphant return as one of the Vols starting cornerbacks.

"They‚re both growing up," Fulmer said of Fellows and Wade. "They'll both play in the mustang and nickel packages. I'd say right now Fellows (would start)."

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