The Southeastern Eastern Division Champions will be looking to snap a two-game bowl losing streak on Saturday. Tennessee has dropped four of its last five bowl games including its last appearance in the Cotton Bowl in 2001 against Kansas State.
''I hope they are more focused,'' Fulmer said. ''Not that we weren't focused before, but we didn't get it done the last couple of years. We have to play well against a really good team. I think they are certainly aware of that.''
The Vols held their final major workout Thursday, practicing for 90 minutes in shorts and shoulder pads. Among those in attendance were former Vols Preston Warren and Bill Bates. Warren played for Tennessee from 1987-90. Bates played for the Volunteers from 1979-82 before embarking on a 14-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
Bates also accompanied Tennessee officials earlier in the week to the visitation for the family of the late Reggie White. White, a former Tennessee consensus All-American, passed away early Sunday morning. In tribute to White, the Volunteers will wear a patch with an orange cross and his jersey number 92 on their helmets in Saturday's game.