The first day of full pads is in the books

Tennessee finished up its' first day of full pads with light conditioning drills. The way they finished was no indication of the day was started.

This morning the Vols closed practice with a high-spirited Tennessee Drill. The underclassmen made a bigger impact than the experienced guys. Many of the freshman has nice showings to the delight of their older teammates. Jon Mapu, Parys Haralson, Omar Gaither and Heath Benedict made impressive moves to prove something to the Tennessee coaching staff.
Rob Smith was the Vols left guard with the second team offensive line this afternoon. Smith appears to be further along in his strength and knowledge of the game. Smith could play center if the need was to arise should Scott Wells or Chuck Prugh sustain an injury. Brandon Jefferies and Cody Douglas have not run many plays with the first team line.

"Parys Haralson introduced Ruben Mayes to big-time college football, but Parys still has not been properly greeted himself," Coach Fulmer said after practice on Monday evening. Fulmer admited this morning that he wanted his offense and more particularly his offensive line, to be crisper. "The guys need to be sharper in drills. It is only the first day, but I want perfection and I think they do also," Coach Fulmer said.

Practice Notes:
-Casey Clausen seems to know the offense and the defense around better everyday. Clausen appears to have a feel for his receivers and where they are on the field consistently
-Receiver Tony Brown was wearing a green, no contact jersey because of a sore shoulder. Coach Fulmer said he expects the jersey to come off in a few days when Tony is healed up.
-Jason Allen continues to be impressive at the corner position. Allen, at first appeared to be a bit over-sized, yet he has put together two great days of practice highlighted by a nice showing yesterday against Kelley Washington.
-Punter Dustin Colquitt had a good day punting the football. Colquit seems to have more control over him kicks than last season.
-The secondary has challenged itself by laying down a self-imposed rule. If a ball is touched and not intercepted, twenty pushups. If the ball is deflected, twenty pushups. If the ball is dropped, twenty pushups. "We WILL NOT be dropping the ball in 2002 the way we did in 2001, I promise that," said Vol corner Jabari Greer.
-Fulmer said safety Steven Marsh has been bruised up and it is not known when he will be back at full speed.
-The special teams in all likelyhood, will have a different leg for each unit. Colquit should punt. Alex Walls will close out his career as extra point/field goal man. Phil Neuman will be the kickoff guy if he keeps on landing kicks in the endzone.

The Vols will continue two-a-days tomorrow with a morning session and an evening practice.


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