Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE - Before hitting the road for spring break, Tennessee's football team had a 90-minute scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium. Much like Tuesday's 43-play scrimmage, Thursday's 90-plus-play scrimmage showcased some up-and-comers on defense while revealing a shaky offensive line.

"I think the defense is on track to progress towards their goal of tackling better, be in better position, and not give up big plays," Fulmer said. "The defense is about being aggressive, flying around, making plays, and putting pressure on the quarterback. They did all of those things today pretty well."

Omar Gaither highlighted the day's work with his second interception in as many practices.

"He's made a lot of plays," Fulmer said. "I think he's had four or five interceptions in five practices. He knows the system very well. He's listening a lot better. Omar's been a little bit of a hardhead about consistency. He seems to be showing his maturity."

Ellix Wilson, Roshaun Fellows, and Corey Campbell garnered some attention with their involvement at safety. According to Fulmer Wilson needs to do a better job in coverage, while Fellows needs to strive to become more physical.

"It's a double edged sword because you've got to be a run stopper and almost a linebacker mentality," Fulmer said of the safety position. "Then you've got to be athletic enough to cover. Roshaun can do it if he's physical enough."

On the other side of the ball the offense was shutout once again.

"Offensively we just haven't been able to find the continuity. We get three good plays and we screw the fourth one up. In a game you've got to put six, seven, eight, nine, ten of those together."

"Offense is about continuity and execution. That takes time. The offensive front doesn't understand yet what it takes to play in this league. Some of them are out there dancing and waltzing. It's not a natural thing to out there and violently run into somebody."

The search for the Vols next center continued during the scrimmage, too. Cody Douglas is the latest player working at the position. David Ligon did not participate due to the concussion he suffered in the early stages of Tuesday's practice.

Fulmer did admit he liked what he saw out of Brent Schaeffer at quarterback, wide receiver, and punt-returner.

"He had the best two drives," Fulmer said. "His mobility brings a dimension that is very hard to defend." "It's not a move," Fulmer said of Schaeffer's time as a receiver. "If he doesn't win the quarterback job we want to be sure he gets a chance to play and use him every way we can."

Tennessee will be off for the next twelve days before returning to the practice field on March 29th. The Vols next scrimmage is scheduled for March 31st.

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