Peace ready to 'finish' this time

When Tennessee lost to LSU in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game last December, the setback cost the Vols a Rose Bowl bid and a shot at the national title. The Big Orange hopes to atone this fall, which is why the players adopted the motto ''Unfinished Business'' for the coming season.

Linebacker Robert Peace can't think of a more appropriate motto.

''It's definitely unfinished business,'' he said recently. ''Last year was a disappointing season. We call it unfinished business because we want to work hard, get back to the SEC Championship Game. We're a ways away from being good enough to get there but we've got the talent to do it. We're working hard and trying to FINISH our business.''

Tennessee is loaded with talented players but that isn't enough. Winning championships requires more than the right athletes; it requires the right chemistry. Peace thinks the Vols will be fine in that regard.

''This spring there was a question about where the chemistry is,'' he said. ''But this summer the team jelled together more than any time since I've been here. Everybody's pushing each other and the seniors are stepping up and showing great leadership."

Peace was running first team at middle linebacker through the first half of spring practice but suffered a fracture in his left shoulder that caused him to miss the last two weeks of drills and the Orange & WHite game. He says he's ''about 90 percent'' recovered, adding: ''I think I'll be fully recovered by the time two-a-days come around.''

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