08/23/02 Friday Practice Report

Tennessee wrapped up another good week of practice as the team looks forward to a kicking scrimmage on Friday. Coach Fulmer believes Saturday's opportunity will give his players a chance to "Tighten screws that need to be tightened in the kicking game." Dustin Colquitt is still the favorite to start as punter. However, Fulmer seems to expect more from Colquitt. "I want him to be consistently outstanding," said Fulmer.

As for the rest of the team, it looks like they are ready to start the season.  "Our football team is ready to play someone other then each other," Fulmer said after practice.  One of the players Fulmer is anxious to see is Victor McClure who has recently been moved to tight end.  McClure has the physical tools to be a force at the position.  At the same time, Fulmer thinks McClure's presence will take some pressure off of freshman Aaron Kirkland.      Fulmer also discussed the possibility of redshirting Sean Young.  Young was to be redshirted last season.  However, an injury to Reggie Coleman forced Young into the line-up.  "We're going to try to do that if we can," mentioned Fulmer.  The Vols think they have three potential starters with Young, Michael Munoz, and Will Ofenheusle at tackle. Fulmer is pleased with the progress Cody Douglas is making at the position, too.

On the injury front, a slew of starters were nursing injuries.  Kelley Washington was held out along with, Willie Miles, Chavis Smith, Jason Witten, and Kevin Simon.  Jonathan Wade, Heath Benedict, Steven Marsh, and Corey Larkins were also sidelined.  The team expects all of the above to be back in action by next week with the exception of Smith who is out for the next couple of weeks.

The Vols will be without Tony Campbell for the rest of the season, as well.  Campbell was dismissed from the University for academic reasons.  Fulmer said he may try to get back in school by January or the summer.  According to Fulmer, Campbell must "Do all the right things he's supposed to do, which are considerable."


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