Tuesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee hit the practice field on Tuesday as the football team continues to prepare for the Georgia Bulldogs. Head coach Phillip Fulmer seems to think his youngsters will answer the challenge the number three team in the nation presents.

"It never fails to amaze me of the resiliency of youth," Fulmer said. "I feel like our football team will respond well."

The true freshman quarterbacks, Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer, sound like they should recover from the Auburn defeat according to Fulmer.

"They've shown the poise and discipline to bounce back," Fulmer said.

As for the Bulldogs, Fulmer sees a difficult challenge ahead on all fronts, the least of which is playing on the road for the first time this season.

"Georgia is a very impressive football team in all phases," Fulmer said.

Several coaches, including John Chavis, and players, like Kevin Burnett, called Georgia's quarterback, David Greene, the most accurate signal caller they would face this season.

However, defensive line coach Dan Brooks says the key to stopping the Bulldogs offense is shutting down the run.

It may be tougher to do that if defensive end Parys Haralson isn't in the line-up. Haralson was in pads on Tuesday, but he does have a knee bruise that knocked him out of the Auburn game.

Arron Sears didn't practice on Tuesday because of an injury, too. Fulmer says the team is taking a "wait and see" approach with Sears. Should Sears not be in the starting rotation against Georgia, Albert Toeaina would start at right tackle.

Justin Reed was also on crutches due to a knee injury. If he isn't available for the weekend, Tennessee would have a tight end by committee. Chris Brown, Brad Cottam, and Victor McClure could all see action.

Finally, in an attempt to bolster the strength and depth of the secondary, the coaching staff has decided to move Corey Larkins from running back to nickel back.


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