Thursday Practice Report

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee practiced under the cloud cover on Thursday afternoon. However, Head Coach Phillip Fulmer seems to believe this group of Volunteers has a bright future ahead of them.

"Before practice started today I asked the freshmen and sophomores to move up front which is a little different because the juniors and seniors are usually the ones up front," Fulmer said. "I talked to them about having a few days and how much we needed to respond from Tuesday's work to today. The individual work was considerably better. If we continue to have that attitude then we've got a chance to have a really good football team."

After making the necessary adjustments from Tuesday's practice, the team will scrimmage again on Friday. Yet, this scrimmage will be markedly different from last week's. Instead of lining up and trying to score, Fulmer indicated this one would be much more situational in nature.

"Right now it's just a matter of getting through it," Fulmer said. "We've got a lot of people hurt and we'll be specific about what we're doing and what we're looking for. I don't know what we can actually get out of it with as many people as we have banged up." Because of all the injuries, it's been tough to get a lot of looks at certain formations. "We don‚t have a healthy tight end except for one," said Fulmer. "We haven't installed goal line. We're doing very little short yardage. We may take a look at some of that."

As for the players who are healthy enough to make some strides, Fulmer seems particularly impressed with a couple of young offensive linemen.

"It's been really good for Ramon Foster and Ell Ash," Fulmer said. „Those kinds of guys are just getting tons out of this."

"He (Ash) has a lot of potential and he's showing that potential as he understands more of what he's doing," Fulmer said. "He's a big guy that can really step and run and adjust. When he gets in a bad position he's athletic enough to overcome it. He's a really good prospect as an offensive lineman."

Three more Vols will go under the knife on Friday. Roshaun Fellows, Cody Douglas, and Ellix Wilson will all have surgery.

Former linebacker Kevin Burnett has an individual work-out scheduled for tomorrow as well. Burnett missed Tennessee‚s second pro-timing day last Wednesday.


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