Gandy has 'mishap'

Tennessee didn't let Thursday's adverse weather conditions affect its scheduled practice routine. After completing punt drill work in the early going, the Vols were chased into the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center by the threat of severe thunderstorms.

"It was good work for us today," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We had to come inside again because a big lightning storm was coming, but at least we got the punting done outside we wanted to get done."

The Vols staged a 30-plus play scrimmage session Thursday, working on both short-yardage situations and second-and-long.

"It was good for both sides," Fulmer said. "The only way I know to get better playing football is to play it. We've drilled and our kids have done a good job.

"Defensively, we did a really good job today and that's good to see. You know, a little bit of back and forth."

Fulmer mentioned one injury from the day's action, a mishap involving Richie Gandy.

"Richie Gandy hurt his knee a little bit and I hope it's just a little bit. The doctor will be in to look at it but obviously he's going to be limited for awhile."

The senior center is vying for a starting role less than six months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

"It's the same knee, but it might just be scar tissue," Fulmer said. "Somebody fell on the back of his leg. Richie's done a really good job for us and I'm hoping like heck he's going to be able to get back."

The Vols practice again Friday and plan to correct mistakes from the week while looking ahead to Saturday night's scrimmage at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee's opens its 2005 schedule Sept. 3 against UAB.

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