Vols tune for scrimmage

The Vols held two minor scrimmages during the week but Saturday's game-type workout will provide a more substantial opportunity for some unsung players to showcase their skills.

Kicker James Wilhoit continued his fine work on field goals Friday, consistently booting the ball high and true. He missed spring ball with surgery on his right (kicking) foot but recently pronounced the surgically repaired foot "great." His showing in early drills suggests he is ready for a bounce-back season after struggling a bit in 2004.

Another player who appears likely to be a vital cog in the kicking game is holder Casey Woods, son of Alabama aide and former South Carolina head man Sparky Woods. Because he is a former high school quarterback, Casey provides a passing threat on fake field goals and botched field goals.

Wide receiver Robert Meachem, who led Tennessee in receiving yards and yards per catch (18.4) as a redshirt freshman last fall, continues to suffer lapses concentration. Meachem dropped a perfectly thrown 50-yard bomb on Tuesday and let a quick out pass slip through his fingers early in Friday's drill, incurring some pushups for penance.

We'll have a more in-depth practice report, complete with quotes from head coach Phillip Fulmer, posted by around 6:15 p.m.


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