Tuesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's football team practiced indoors to escape the rain on Tuesday afternoon. However, there is no escaping the injury cloud hanging over the Vols heads.

After playing seven consecutive weeks, the bumps and bruises have reached new highs.

Across the offensive line, Jason Respert did not practice due to a sprained ankle. Respert, the Vols starting center, will rehab this week and see if he's able to play on Saturday. He was in a walking boot on Tuesday.

Michael Munoz returned to the field for the first time in a week. Munoz, UT's starting left tackle, had been battling the after effects of a concussion sustained in the Alabama game. He is probable for this weekend's game versus Notre Dame.

Cody Douglas, another offensive lineman practiced on Tuesday, too. Douglas has been nursing a mid-foot sprain for the last couple of weeks.

In the backfield, Gerald Riggs looks like he's okay after suffering a hip pointer against South Carolina. Riggs hasn't missed any practice due to the injury that knocked him out of Saturday's game.

On the defensive side of the football, Antwan Stewart practiced for the second consecutive day. The staff is giving him a look at the strong safety position. Defensive coordinator John Chavis said Stewart wouldn't play this week. However, Chavis did indicate that Stewart could see action against Kentucky and/or Vanderbilt. Red-shirting Stewart was never really an option due to the fact that he has already taken a red-shirt year due to a lack of playing time. In scenarios similar to Stewart's, it's very difficult to receive a sixth year of eligibility.

On the defensive line, Chavis said Jared Hostetter played four or five snaps versus the Gamecocks last Saturday. Although that's not a huge amount of plays, any help the team can get across the front four is welcomed.

C.J. Leak remained with the defensive unit, too. There has been some speculation as to whether or not Leak would return to quarterback since Brent Schaeffer is out for the next six weeks.

As for the Fighting Irish, Head Coach Phillip Fulmer paid this week's opponent some nice compliments on Tuesday.

"Their offensive line is by far the most athletic that we've played against," Fulmer said. "They are the same thing defensively. The front line is very athletic and is giving up less than three yards an attempt versus the rush."

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