Finish: Part 2

The new Volunteers wrapped up the coaches version of a welcome party on Wednesday evening. The Tennessee coaches were very pleased with the way the freshmen looked after only four practice sessions and seem to think a few of them may contribute before the season is over.

The night session was again held in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex and the coaches kept the practice relatively short. There were team meetings scheduled for tonight for the entire squad. Coach Fulmer said it will provide everyone to have a meet and greet. Of Tennessee's 25 signees, 21 were enrolled at the start of the second semister of summer school. That means that there will be little introducing and more….oh say talking about laying the wood to Alabama, Miami or perhaps Georgia. Sorry I got a little carried away.

Over the last two days Parys Haralson has been a player that I have kept my eye on. I thought he looked to have the ability to play defensive end and linebacker. Well yours truly turned out to be right. "Parys is gonna start out at linebacker for us but he can possibly wind up at defensive end," Coach Chavis said after the evening practice. "He has reported in really good shape physically so as long as he straps it on Friday and comes ready to knock it around, who knows where he could end up."

Coach Fulmer was also very pleased with his blue-chip class. "I am really happy with this group. They all reported on time and were not in bad shape or anything like that. We expect Antwan (Stewart) to have his situation resolved in about a week or so. We are really eager to get him out here because we see him maybe sliding into the rotation if need be."

Junior Riggs has continued to show that he has a great knack for playing defense. Riggs worked with the defensive backs and held his own with burners Chris Hannon and Jonathan Wade. James Banks also showed some good athleticism on Wednesday night by making a couple of catches on defense in one-on-one drills. J.T. Mapu has really turned on the "juice" the last couple of nights when he gets into the defensive drills. He is another that could find himself in the rotation at defensive end if there is a bad injury to the position or a player doesn't perform to a high enough level.

The team will not practice on Thursday and will take part in media day at Neyland Stadium. Inside Tennessee will have a full coverage report on Thursday afternoon as Randy Moore and the one and only Grid himself will be joining me in the coverage bonanza of Tennessee Media Day 2002.

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