Star defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona also missed Monday's workout. He is recovering from what has been termed ''cold-like symptoms.''
The 15th-ranked Volunteers are making their 16th straight bowl appearance. This is the NCAA's third-longest active streak behind Michigan (30) and Florida State (23). UT head man Phillip Fulmer has coached the Vols in thei r last 12 bowl games against 11 different opponents. Oddly enough, four of Tennessee's last five bowl foes and seven since 1992 are not playing in bow l games this year -- Clemson, Kansas State, Maryland, Nebraska (twice), Northwestern and Penn State.
''Even though it's a Monday, it was a Tuesday-type practice for us,'' Fulme r said. ''The 30 plays or so of scrimmage were to get us back in the mode. It's been a while since we=92ve played, even though we had the SEC Championship Game. I'm looking forward to watching the film. I think the results will be mixed, to say the least, but I think we had some good hits. We'll stay very focused on the plan now, finish up the week and hopefully b e 100 percent healthy by game time.''
Game time is 11:10 a.m. EST. The game will be televised nationally by Fox.
Two members of the Tennessee's 2005 signing class, Josh Briscoe and Demonte Bolden, joined the team for Monday's practice. Briscoe, a 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver, from Lawndale, N.C., graduated from Burns High School earlie r this month and will enroll at Tennessee in January. Bolden, a 6-5, 287-poun d defensive tackle from Chattanooga, just completed one semester at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy and will also be a mid-year enrollee next month.
Former Vol defensive coordinator Larry Lacewell was a practice visitor. Lacewell now serves as director of player personnel for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.