Wednesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's football team is holding its collective breath in hopes that they'll get a few key players on the field for this weekend's game at Georgia.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer addressed the injury situation following practice. Among the notables he touched on, tight end Justin Reed, offensive tackle Arron Sears, and defensive end Parys Haralson.

"We had a good day," Fulmer said. "There are a number of guys that are banged up but I think we're getting better. Other than Justin Reed, we may be fortunate enough to have everybody. I can't say that 100-percent but it's looking better."

"Parys got some work," Fulmer said. "Sears looks like he's going to be okay. Reed is questionable."

If Sears is unable to play on Saturday, Albert Toeaina would be next in line to start at right tackle with Richie Gandy providing depth.

"They're competing for the spot," Fulmer said. "Collectively, they'll both play if Arron can't go. Richie is our sixth guy and can play any of the spots. He'll play some at tackle and some at guard." "Albert is learning," Fulmer said. "He had an injury in spring practice and he missed some time there. He missed two ball games and four weeks of practice. For no more work than he's had he's done extremely well. He's physical enough. He's learning the techniques. He's got the assignments down. He's got to continue to take advantage of every minute of practice. We've got to be sure to not ask him something he's not ready to do."

On the defensive side of the football, Fulmer discussed Corey Larkins move from the backfield to the secondary.

"It's impossible to ask somebody to move over in one week and make a significant impact," Fulmer said. "Corey's played over there. He knows a little bit about what we're doing. He's got a good attitude. Either short term or long term, he'll be able to help us. I wouldn't expect a lot from him at this point. He can play both (safety and cornerback). Right now he's working some at safety."


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