Tuesday Afternoon Practice Report

The Vols went back to work on Tuesday afternoon. They have had a chance to look at film of Arkansas and the coaches had the players well aware of the trouble the "Pigs" could cause on Saturday night in front of a national television audience.

On Tuesday Tennessee worked on the alignments that they will see on Saturday when Arkansas comes to town. Coach Fulmer said today's film study provided a lot for the team to see. "We got a good film study in today. They have a very good team and we were able to see several looks that they will give us."

Coach Fulmer seemed very pleased with the team's performance in practice. "We had a good practice. The guys did a good job concentrating on Arkansas' formations and I expect them to continue to do that the rest of the week."

Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones could give Tennessee's defense trouble on Saturday if he is not contained. "We must contain the quarterback," Fulmer said. "He is very big and athletic, so we will have to do a good job of wrapping up and tackling."

Defensive end Karlton Neal will be unavailable to the Vols on Saturday due to his injured knee. Mondre Dickerson will be the guy that slides up into Neal's spot on the line. "Yeah Mondre will be there. (J.T.)Mapu, Jason(Hall), Demetrin(Veal), Ovince(St. Preux) and Parys Haralson have done a good job today filling in for Karlton," Fulmer said about the open slot on the line. Haralson was getting some looks at linebacker earlier this year also, but with the injuries to Ritzmann and now Neal, he should see a drastic increase in snaps Saturday.

The Vols will have tomorrow's practice and then on Thursday they will practice, but not wear pads. Coaches always emphasize how important their Wednesdays are to the team. That will be very true in tomorrow's case with all the injured players that must be filled in for. The tenative injury list this week reads like this:
Alex Walls (hamsting)-doubtful
Karlton Neal (knee)-out
Cedric Houston (thumb)-out
Tony Brown (ankle)-probable
Jason Respert (shoulder)-probable


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