Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee tightened some screws as the football team put in their final plans for the Vanderbilt game on Thursday afternoon. As has been the case for most of this year, the big news following practice was that the team will travel without two of their usual starting offensive linemen.

Neither Jason Respert nor Cody Douglas will make the trip to Nashville. Respert is still battling a hand infection. Douglas isn't expected to travel because of a mid-foot sprain.

"Cody, obviously, is out," Head Coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Jason Respert is more positive than it was at one point but I'm not sure, yet. We're still kind of questionable if he'll be available or not. The issue is infection and not taking a risk of any sort, with it spreading or anything like that. It's kind of an unusual thing, but it's not rare."

Richie Gandy or Chuck Prugh will start at center in place of Respert. Arron Sears will slide inside at right guard. Albert Toeaina will start at right tackle.

"At least we've worked together for two weeks now," Fulmer said of the offensive line. "Jason was only there for one day. I'm disappointed, I wish everyone was there, but I'm more concerned with the ones I've got and excited about their chance. Young guys, like Eric Young and David Ligon, have just had great practices for two weeks."

Other than Respert and Sears, there weren't any surprises on the dress roster that was released earlier. Roshaun Fellows didn't practice for the third straight day due to a foot injury. Fulmer says Fellows will be okay. Should he not be ready for action, Jon Wade looks to get the start at cornerback.

"He's got a sprained foot," Fulmer said of Fellows. "He played with it two weeks ago and we're trying to get him well. He'll play."

Dustin Colquitt has been limited throughout the week in practice, too. He was seen with an ice pack strapped to his left thigh area as he left the practice field.

"Dustin's back to 100-percent, unless something else happens," Fulmer said. "He's been limited. We've been watching his reps."

In the event Colquitt wouldn't be able to punt, John Henderson would be called upon for duty.

In the backfield, Fulmer is expecting a good effort from a veteran and couple of newcomers.

"They've had good weeks," Fulmer said. "Ced (Houston) had a very good week. I would anticipate David Yancey playing some. The guy that's probably made as much progress as anybody is David Holbert."

Tennessee has a walk through scheduled for tomorrow afternoon in Knoxville before they depart for Nashville.


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