Wednesday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee continued its preparations for Vanderbilt on Wednesday afternoon. There was some good news and some bad news regarding who will and won't be playing this weekend, too. As usual, the offensive line takes the lead when it comes to the injury report.

"Arron Sears looks as good as he has," Head Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Michael Munoz has had a heck of a week."

"Jason Respert has been admitted to the hospital. He's got an infection in his hand of all things. It's a precautionary thing. We anticipate him being able to play and be fine on Saturday."

"Chuck Prugh has done well and Richie Gandy has played in there at center so we should be fine from that standpoint."

"I don't think Cody is going to be able to go," Fulmer said. "We're going to rest him this week and see how he does next week. It's a sprain he's tried to fight through. It hasn't healed the way it should. When he rests it feels better. Hopefully we can get it well. From what everybody tells me it's not going to get any worse. It's just painful and sore."

Regardless of who's blocking at the line of scrimmage, Fulmer seems to be happy about the progress Rick Clausen is making as the team's starting quarterback.

"We have had a really good week," Fulmer said. "As we go along I can see Rick taking command of the offense. I'm excited to see him play. When he had the opportunity in the second half of the Notre Dame game he did really well." On the special teams front, Fulmer says David Yancey will be the go-to-guy on kick-off returns.

"Yancey will start off there as a kick-off returner," Fulmer said. "We're going to look at Ced Houston who's done it before for us. We haven't blocked it at all very well. It's not all the return man's fault. We just need some dynamics back there. (Jon) Hefney will also get a look."

A groin injury limited Dustin Colquitt again on Wednesday. However, Fulmer seems to think he'll be okay when the weekend rolls around.

"Dustin will be fine," Fulmer said. "If not, John Henderson has kicked the ball very well for us."

In the secondary, Roshaun Fellows missed practice again due to a foot injury. He was in a walking boot. Finally, Fulmer talked about why he doesn't want his vote in the coaches poll to be a matter of public record.

"It's not so much the team using it (for motivation), it's the public stir you'd create through the media," Fulmer said. "We're very conscientious about doing it the right way. I'm doing it as a service to them. Why would I want crap from it?"

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