Fulmer: 'A really good first day'

It's a little early to predict a national title but Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer heartily applauded his troops Friday following what he called "a really good first day."

Fulmer also pronounced his players in "good shape … other than a few of the freshmen that just got here and had never been through anything like this."

THIS was a two-hour workout in sweltering temperatures and humidity at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Even so, Fulmer thought the majority of his players held up exceptionally well, noting they did "a super job of getting themselves back."

The head man was especially pleased with several players who are coming back from offseason injuries – singling out center Richie Gandy, wideout Jayson Swain and fullback David Holbert.

"I don't believe Gandy missed a snap," Fulmer said. "Swain and Holbert – all the guys we're counting on – actually look like they're a little ahead of schedule. We haven't hit anybody yet, but I'm really pleased and thankful for the job those guys did."

Although the weather was sizzling, the pace of the workout was brisk. The tempo of the practice pleased Fulmer.

"It really did, from the beginning to the end" he said. "They pushed themselves. The tempo and energy was good."

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