KNOXVILLE – The Tennessee football team practiced indoors and in full pads on Tuesday afternoon. As the Vols prepare for Alabama, UT's players and coaches will try to keep their focus on the task at hand. However, with all of the hoopla surrounding this game away from the field of play, another off the field incident on Monday morning is the big story around Knoxville.
Tennessee strong safety Brandon Johnson
was arrested early yesterday for felony reckless endangerment after firing a gun in the air. Johnson has been put on non-participation status by head coach Phillip Fulmer.
"We had on incident we will not be distracted by," said Fulmer. "Their focus and the staff's focus will be on the game we have to play. Irresponsible behavior will not be acceptable. I prefer to talk about the other players on this football team and the good things they have done."
Defensive coordinator John Chavis said Jarod Parrish will start in place of Johnson on Saturday.
Corey Larkins, Corey Campbell, and Robert Boulware also have the ability to play strong safety if the need should arise.
This weekend also marks the first time since October 2nd Tennessee will play inside the friendly confines of Neyland Stadium.
"We're glad to be back home," Fulmer said. "We'll have to do all we can to slow them down rushing the football. It will be a great challenge for our defensive football team."