Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE- Tennessee's football team had their final workout in Knoxville on Thursday before they hit the road for Georgia. The Vols will have a walk-through tomorrow at an Atlanta based high-school. Most of the team will be making the trip. However, one notable was left off of the dress roster because of injury.

"Our team understands the challenge we have ahead,"Head Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "I believe everybody will be available except Justin Reed." Arron Sears and Parys Haralson are two other Vols who have been battling injuries as of late, too. According to Fulmer, Haralson is closer than Sears to playing in the upcoming game. Fulmer said Albert Toeaina will start at right offensive tackle in place of Sears.

"I don't know how close he (Sears) is to playing," Fulmer said. "He thinks he can play. He should be better by Saturday. I like him being there with us anyway. He's a tough guy and good encouragement."

Fulmer added Haralson was "pretty close" to being able to play. Turk McBride would most likely get the start if Haralson is unable to give it a go.

Victor McClure will get the start at tight end in place of Reed. Yet, it will be a position played by committee with Brad Cottam and Chris Brown seeing action.

"Those three will all share time," Fulmer said. The quarterback situation hasn't been brought up much over the course of the last few days. For the first time this week, Fulmer said he thought Erik Ainge would get the starting nod over Brent Schaeffer.

"Erik will probably start," Fulmer said. "Both of them will play. Those two youngsters are going to have to do a great job of handling the noise."

Defensively, Fulmer laughed a question off about the vaunted prowler package.

"We look like we're prowling all the time trying to find the right place to line up," Fulmer said.

As far as being close to a two-touchdown underdog, Fulmer offered up his thoughts on why the Bulldogs are the favorites.

„They had a really big win over a good team and we got beat by a good team so I guess that made the difference," Fulmer said. "I hope we‚re a tough minded football team," Fulmer said. "We've taken great pride in the fact we've won a lot of close games. We haven't been as physically gifted the last couple of years as we have been in the past. We haven't lost our tough mindedness. I think we have a pretty tough minded staff and a pretty tough minded program. We've typically fought back pretty well."

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