Wednesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE -Tennessee had no problem getting over hump day this week. According to head coach Phillip Fulmer, the team is focused on defeating the Ole Miss Rebels.

"We've had three good practices," Fulmer said. "I know our team is aware of the opportunity we have in front of us. I like this team. I like the way they go about their business."

However, not everything is going the Vols way. Fulmer is still waiting to see if Cody Douglas will be able to play on Saturday. Douglas has been out this week because of a foot injury. Michael Munoz and Arron Sears are a little banged up, too. However, the latter two players have been practicing this week.

"I think Michael‚s going to be fine," Fulmer said. "Albert (Toeaina) will be there. I don't know about Cody yet. Arron could play any of the four (positions), not center. It's a luxury to have a starter that can move around like that."

Behind the offensive line, Cory Anderson continues to make progress. However, Fulmer thinks he can be even better.

"I still think there is more out there for him as a runner," Fulmer said. "He can be more intimidating as a blocker. As he gets more experience, he's going to be a better player as long as he has a good attitude and doesn't get satisfied. That's my biggest concern is that he doesn't get satisfied with where he is. He should be pleased and we are pleased, but we're not satisfied."

Across the line of scrimmage on defense, Fulmer really likes what he is seeing out of JUCO transfer Jesse Mahelona.

"He's as good as I could have hoped for," said Fulmer. "He's a ball of fire. If anybody's ever fit in, everybody loves Jesse, he's a wonderful person."

Finally, on special teams, Brent Schaeffer is getting an opportunity to return punts.

"I wouldn't hesitate if I didn't think it was something he couldn't do and do well," Fulmer said. "We're going to get the ball to him every way we can because he's pretty good with the ball in his hands."

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