Wednesday Afternoon Practice Report

Tennessee coaches continued to focus on healing the bumps and bruises that were suffered over the past weekend. The Vols did have one injury in yesterday's practice. Defensive end Mondre Dickerson separated his left shoulder and may be questionable when the Gators come to town.

The coaches sat many players on Wednesday just simply to allow them to get back to full speed for what will be an intense week of practice starting on Monday.

Dickerson, Eddie Moore, Greg Jones, Kelley Washington and Chavis Smith to name a few, didn't suit up to practice. Smith and Washington are expected back on the field for Monday's practice. Jones had a cast on his right arm.

Kevin Simon has been participating in team defense drills, but he has been working on a bike following practice. Simon must just be experiencing some pains after his great performance against the Blue Raiders on Saturday. He has shown no other signs to prove otherwise.

Cedric Houston continues to look better and better running the football. Following the practice his teammate Jabari Davis worked on his blocking skills as it appears he will see more action at fullback.

Jonathan Wade looks to be nearly fully recooperated from his shoulder injury. Wade has been very impressive as a true freshman to this point and could be an big part of Tennessee's offense against the Gators if he is healthy enough.

The Vols went through some tough conditioning drill this afternoon. For the record, it seemed that the Vols were very focused from start to finish. It is my opinion that the team, as a whole, was as serious as I have seen them since spring practice. There was no slacking in team drills. Even linebacker Omar Gaither was forced to do 20 pushups following a beautiful pass break-up. But as Rashad Baker told me, "If you get your hands on the ball and don't catch it, head for the ground."

The Vols weren't affected by the blusterey 4 mph wind speed, but I will continue to monitor this aspect. Tennessee will practice again on Thursday and then break until Monday afternoon.


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