Wednesday Afternoon Practice Report

The Vols have worked all week on Arkansas' extensive playbook of option and draw plays. If Tennessee is to win the game on Saturday night, the defense must be able to contain the Hog running game.

The temperature was in the mid 80s on Upper Hudson Field on Wednesday, but that did not hurt the Vols preparation for the Razorbacks. "It was a nice warm day today," Coach Phillip Fulmer said following practice. "If it is hot on Saturday, we should be ready. Arkansas is a good draw team, a good screen team, a good naked boot, waggle team that we plan on being prepared for." The defense was very intense on Wednesday. Defensive coordinator John Chavis has pushed his defense to focus on the Arkansas offense and the speed that they possess.

The defensive line has been pushed very hard by coaches Steve Caldwell, Dan Brooks and John Chavis to keep containment on Hog quarterback Matt Jones. "He(Jones) is a big, quick kid," Coach Fulmer said. "He can beat you if you are not careful to contain him and keep him in the pocket."

Mondre Dickerson is one of the key performers to watch during this week's game. Mondre will be filling in for the injured Karlton Neal at left defensive end. Mondre worked very hard today, as did other defenders, to keep scout team quarterbacks inside the pocket. His performance could very well dictate the outcome of this ballgame if Matt Jones attempts to pick on the left side of the line.

Today was Tennessee's last day to work in full pads. On Thursdays, the Vols go out in their jersies and helmets. Thursdays are reserved for the mental part of the game that week. As far as the physical part goes, the Vols are ready. The mental side of the game we will all see on Saturday evening.

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