Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE -The Tennessee football team practiced indoors in preparation for Ole Miss on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Phillip Fulmer mentioned he would be curious to see how his team bounces back following a big win.

"If we go over there and take care of the football and we play like we're capable of playing we ought to have a heck of a chance to win," Fulmer said. "I have very much confidence from that standpoint."

In order to get the most out of the team, Fulmer talked about how his special teams units needed to come along.

"One of the challenges I put on them is to be a lot better in the kicking game," Fulmer said. "We've changed some personnel. We should be more experienced. That should help some. We spent longer on special teams today."

Several Vols have the ability to return kicks including Corey Larkins, David Yancey, Jon Wade, Cedric Houston, and Gerald Riggs. Speaking of Houston and Riggs, Fulmer said Riggs would be the starting tailback on Saturday. Both will play against the Rebels though.

On the injury front, Justin Reed and Cody Douglas are not on the dress roster. That means Arron Sears will start at right guard and Victor McClure will start at tight end.

In the linebacking corps, Fulmer is still looking for some players to step up. However, he remains happy with what he is getting from Kevin Burnett.

"Kevin's playing well," said Fulmer. "If you watch the Florida game and the Auburn game, those have been his best football games. He's certainly one of the best in the country."

Tennessee departs tomorrow for Memphis where the team will have a walk-through at Briarcrest High School.


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