"From the first day of practice to right now, there's been a lot of improvement," he said. "This was the first real scrimmage, so from this scrimmage to the next scrimmage is when we should make the biggest improvement. We'll be able to see stuff on tape and, hopefully, we'll just get better."
The Vols might get better quicker if they didn't do so much shuffling in the offensive line. How can there be continuity with new guys entering the lineup on almost every play?
"We've got a lot of good guys on the offensive line and we all rotate at different positions," Parker said. "David Ligon can play all three positions (center, guard, tackle). I can play guard and center. Michael Frogg can play guard and center. Ramon Foster can play guard and tackle. Arron Sears can play guard and tackle. Everybody's comfortable at any position."
So, what's the key to the line's continued development?
"Just hard work," Parker replied. "Keep working as we are. The harder we work the better we'll get."
Phillip Fulmer thinks all of the verbal abuse the line took in 2005 has made the 2006 linemen more determined.
"I think we're making some strides there," the head coach said. "There's a mentality there because they've been kinda' beat up by everybody, and they're anxious to prove everybody wrong."
Fulmer wasn't particularly pleased with the run blocking on Saturday but seemed happy with the pass protection.
"I don't know if we played well or the defense didn't get the rush they normally do," he said. "But, whichever way it was, it was fairly productive from a protection standpoint."