Monday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee hit the practice field for the first time this week on Monday afternoon. After a physically challenging game versus Alabama, the Vols have to get ready for more of the same against South Carolina this weekend in Columbia.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer upped his record in games decided by less than seven points to 25-10 when UT beat Alabama 17-13 on Saturday. Tennessee has won their last three contests by less than five points. "They certainly have some drama around them to say the least," Fulmer said. Fulmer is expecting another close one in the South Carolina series, too. "Defensively in five games they're only giving up seven points or less," Fulmer said. "They've got nine seniors on defense. Offensively they have three or four running backs and probably the best receiver in the conference." As for the Vols on special teams, the slumping Dustin Colquitt had another coach on the practice field on Monday. Colquitt's father, Craig, a former All-American punter was on hand to give his son some pointers. On the injury front, it looks like offensive lineman Cody Douglas and defensive lineman Jesse Mahelona will be taking it easy again this week. Neither player practiced last week. However, Mahelona did decide he could play right before game time. Chris Brown didn't play last week either. However, a shoplifting charge kept him on the sidelines. His status for this weekend is unknown. "Chris apologized to the team today," Fulmer said. "He's missed a ballgame already and I've yet to determine what else." Fulmer also addressed Ron Zook's firing in Gainesville. "We're in a volatile business," Fulmer said. "It's tough and it's volatile and it's a big boy's business. We're fortunate here to have a good solid administration behind us. It's a shame. There's a lot of coaches and a lot of families involved. I'm sure they're trying to get a jumpstart on recruiting or they have somebody in mind they want back there." v

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