"Both of our tackles played really well in the ballgame," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "If the rest of our team can play up to their level, that would be good."
Harrell, who added four tackles and helped limit UAB to 53 yards rushing for the game, finished last season with a flurry as well. He was named defensive MVP of the Cotton Bowl for his play in Tennessee's 38-7 win over Texas A&M.
Other first-week award winners by the SEC were: Georgia's D.J. Shockley (offense), Mississippi's Patrick Willis (defense), Florida's Chris Hetland (special teams), Vanderbilt's Brian Stamper (offensive line) and Arkansas's Felix Jones (freshman).
Tennessee practiced for two hours Tuesday at Haslam Field, staging its first afternoon of work after the Labor Day break. The Vols are peeking ahead to the Sept. 17 SEC opener at Florida after Saturday's win and this week's open date.
Fulmer noted that Tuesday's work "was a much more physical practice," adding: "We will have to play better in the next ballgame to get a win."