Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team practiced indoors on Thursday to avoid the rain. According to head coach Phillip Fulmer, the Vols are ready for battle with the always pesky South Carolina Gamecocks.

"It looks like our team has prepared well," Fulmer said. "Ever since the Auburn game, this team has worked really hard and fought through adversity. Nobody gave them any chance to be in this position and now we've got a chance to reach our goal of playing in the championship game."

UT was without one key player during Thursday's work-out. Senior offensive lineman Michael Munoz didn't practice due to a concussion.

"Michael had a concussion in the last ballgame," Fulmer said. "On Wednesday he took a turn for the worse. We've done an MRI and a CATSCAN which were negative. We're hopeful he'll be able to play."

Should Munoz not play, Arron Sears would get the start at left tackle. From there, it seems as if the staff has covered all of its bases concerning who would play where. Arron Sears, Chuck Prugh, Victor McClure, Cody Douglas, Richie Gandy, and Eric Young are all possible candidates to play either guard, or in some circumstances offensive tackle.

"Arron Sears, I'd go to war with him every day," Fulmer said. "We worked Chuck Prugh at both guard and tackle. We worked Vic in there. Eric Young's ready to play. We‚re fine as far as numbers."

The travel roster was released on Thursday, too. As expected, true freshman Arian Foster will make the trip. However, it's still up in the air as to whether or not the running back will see any playing time.

Historically, UT has won the close ones over USC. Fulmer offered one reason why he thought his team has come out on top so many times.

"We've been able to make a play or two across the way to pull it out," Fulmer said. The Vols have a walk-through tomorrow in Columbia.

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