VOLS SEEK MOMENTUM
Tennessee wrapped up practice preparations for Saturday's 2 p.m. Homecoming kickoff against Memphis with a 90-minute workout Thursday at Haslam Field. The Vols and Tigers are meeting for the first time since 2001.
One of Saturday's players to watch will be Memphis tailback DeAngelo Williams, who currently leads Division I-A in rushing with an average of 184.5 yards per game. Tennessee's defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher this season and only Georgia rushed for more than 100 yards as a team against the Vols.
"We had a good Thursday practice," Fulmer said. "We understand out challenges. We're going to have to do a great job of trying to contain Williams, who is a very special back.
"Hopefully, we can get our rear ends back on the right track."
UT stands 3-5 on the heels of a four-game losing streak, while Memphis enters at 4-4. The Tigers are the only team to have defeated UTEP (7-1), while Tennessee is the only team with a win over LSU (7-1).
Fulmer said David Ligon will make his second straight start at center, although Richie Gandy is available. Jonathan Hefney is slated to return punts, with Demetrice Morley the starter on kickoff returns. Linebacker Jerod Mayo, defensive tackle Turk McBride, defensive end Xavier Mitchell and tailback Ja'Kouri Williams have been ruled out for Saturday's game by head athletic trainer Keith Clements.
INJURY REPORT (Memphis Week): Probable -- TE Chris Brown (ankle); Questionable -- WR Chris Hannon (knee), LB Kevin Simon (knee); Out -- Jerod Mayo (knee), DT Turk McBride (ankle), DE Xavier Mitchell (shoulder), TB Ja?Kouri Williams (knee).
WALKING HORSE SET
The 2005 Tennessee Walking Horse World Grand Champion, "Main Power," is Saturday's pregame guest as the Vols host Memphis in a 2 p.m. Homecoming affair.
"Main Power" was crowned in August at the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration in Shelbyville. He is owned by Neal Holland Decatur, Ala., Gus King of Arab, Ala., and Bob Kilgore of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Main Power is ridden and trained by Joe Cotton at David Landrum Stables in Franklin, Tenn.
The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association, The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration, and several Tennessee Walking Horse owners have supported the Hyperbaric Medicine Program in the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through their donation of over $95,000.
UT-UK BLOOD DRIVE
The 18th Annual Tennessee-Kentucky Blood Donation Battle takes place Nov. 14-18. Medic Regional Blood Center is calling all students to show their Vols' spirit and volunteer to give blood.
Students and faculty will have the opportunity to donate blood throughout the week at different sights on campus, including the University Center and several residence halls. Students and faculty who donate receive a free T-shirt, a free pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream and a free cholesterol screening.
The Vols have lost nine out of 17 battles with one tie, and Medic wants that record to change. Medic challenges all students and faculty to take a small amount of time out of their day and donate blood.
Across the country, only 5 percent of those who can donate blood actually give blood, and someone is in need of blood every three seconds. If anyone is eligible, they need to take this challenge and help those in need.
Medic, a not-for-profit blood center, was established in 1958 and is the only blood collector and supplier for all eight Knoxville hospitals. It also provides blood for 20 other hospitals in East Tennessee and Southeast Kentucky.