Wednesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - The Vols wrapped up another productive day on the practice field on Wednesday afternoon. Head coach Phillip Fulmer allowed the freshman quarterbacks some time with the media, too. Fulmer said the decision came out of fairness to the local media since UT has processed so many national media requests to speak with Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer.

"I've tried to protect them," Fulmer said in regards to why he has kept the duo off-limits to the media for the majority of this season. Despite letting Ainge and Schaeffer speak, Fulmer isn't talking about who will be his starter for the Auburn game.

"Right now we don't have to talk about that," Fulmer said. "We're in the evaluating process. Both of them have done well. Both of them are co-starters regardless of who takes the first snap. The guy that plays the best will continue to play. That's what we've said from the beginning and that's what we've done."

In addition to liking the way his young quarterback's have come along, Fulmer is equally impressed with the way the entire team is progressing.

"I like the attitude of this football team," Fulmer said. "It's a huge football game. We'll see how good we are Saturday night because Auburn is really special."

On the injury front, C.J. Fayton added his name to the list of players donning green no-contact jerseys. Fayton joins Derrick Tinsley, Brad Cottam, and Jonathan Hefney.

Tennessee also welcomed Victor McClure back to the team after his suspension for off the field problems.

"Victor McClure will return to participation," Fulmer said. "He's been on a three game suspension. We've worked with the doctors and I think it's in his best interest to return. He is making good progress from a medical standpoint and that's the most important thing."


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