UT works on kicking game

The University of Tennessee football team staged its annual kicking scrimmage Saturday at Haslam Field, working for nearly two hours on punting, field goals, returns and the entire special teams arsenal.

"If you were talking to a true Volunteer, someone who understands the importance of the kicking game and what Gen. Neyland gave to college football about how you win with the kicking game, this is an important day," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "And we had a good day with that.

"We still have young guys out there whose focus and intensity need to improve. That's kind of where we are as a football team.

Fulmer likes where he stands with his first teamers and key reserves on both sides of the ball, but still is looking for those additional players who make the difference over a long season.

"We've got 13-15 on each side of the ball who are ready to play in the Southeastern Conference and we've got other guys who are still immature," he said. "Until we get more of those guys in the boat we're not going to be the kind of team we need to be."

Tennessee is taking the rest of the weekend off before beginning game week preparations for California on Monday. The Vols host Cal on Saturday at Neyland Stadium in a 5:30 p.m. Eastern time kickoff.

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