Thursday Practice Report

The Vols ended their practice week on Thursday. Vols coaches have cannot be guilty of overlooking the up-and-coming Blue Raiders for the Florida Gators this week. Coaches have been especially careful to keep their players focused.

"Well you never want to say that the hay is in the barn, but our guys have been very effective this week," Coach Phillip Fulmer said on Thursday afternoon. "It was hotter than I would have liked it to be this week. The team really stayed focused and are mentally prepared for Middle Tennessee."

The coach isn't just blowing smoke either. The Vols have looked very sharp this week. It could be a combination of having a game under their belt and/or the realization of the talent the MTSU head coach Andy McCollum will bring to Neyland Stadium in two days.

Regardless of the reason, Tennessee players and coaches should be on top of their game when the Raiders arrive.

On the injury portion of the show, it looks as if Kelley Washington's situation will indeed be pushed right up to gametime. "Kelley is still right were we have thought he would be at this part of the week," Fulmer said. "We will hold off on anything solid until he wakes up Saturday and has an idea of how he is going to feel."

Jonathan Wade and Steven Marsh, both of whom were held out of the Wyoming game, will be probable for the contest. They both should see playing time, how much will depend on how both guys react while they are in.

The Vols will have a walk-through tomorrow to make sure all formations are correct before the game on Saturday.

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