Tuesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE -Tuesday was media day on "The Hill" as Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer met the press to discuss last week's win over Georgia and this week's contest at Ole Miss.

"It's important they understand the history," Fulmer said. "I briefly talked about the opportunity they created with the wins over Georgia and Florida that does put them in the driver's seat for the SEC East. We're sitting here with a lot to do before we earn our way -- and that's truly what we'll have to do -- by approaching it one game at a time."

"As you win, they all get big," Fulmer said. "This one is a very big game for us coming up. There's truly much to improve on, as we've talked about with our team. I do believe they are listening. Mississippi certainly has our full attention at this point. You have to respect the fact they've battled back so well from a slow start. Right now, they're playing very well on both sides of the football, offensively and defensively."

Tennessee, on the other hand has to fight back from a myriad of injuries. Three potential starters across the offensive line will be limited in practice this week.

Both Arron Sears and Michael Munoz were dressed out for Tuesday's practice. How much work they got on the field isn't known due to UT's new policy which bars the media from watching practice after the fifth period.

Cody Douglas, the third of UT's three injured offensive linemen, was on crutches and did not practice.

As for Ole Miss, Fulmer talked about both their offense and their defense.

"They have a big physical offensive line," Fulmer said. "The running backs are fast and tough and do a good job. They have wide receivers who can go up and get the ball and a good-looking tight end. Their quarterbacks are just getting better with time and experience." "The defensive line is a big, physical group. They play what we call rovers in the secondary along with their linebackers. They're all good players and good tacklers. They're very athletic guys and their defensive backs are very good. It's a big challenge."


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