Fulmer says team 'excited'

Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has been saying since the middle of summer that this season's eventual SEC champion will have traveled a difficult road. Wins are precious and games like Saturday at Florida don't come around often.

"We're excited and looking forward to it," Fulmer said after Thursday's 90-minute workout at Haslam Field. "We're certainly going to have to do a good job with the noise. We have worked extra on that during the course of the week. We do know the challenge we have with their offensive football team, getting them slowed down and tackled.

"Hopefully, we will continue on the path we have been on from the first game to the second."

SEC road teams are 3-0 in the early going, with LSU, Alabama and South Carolina all picking up vital victories away from home. The Vols have a chance to increase that total Saturday and win their third in the last four tries at Florida Field.

"The SEC Eastern Division champion could have a loss or two," Fulmer said. "It's a very demanding conference and it always has been but it seems to be even more so now. It's different when you play anybody in the SEC, particularly the first game in conference."

The last Eastern Division team to run the table in conference play was Tennessee in 1998. In fact, the only team since that national championship season by the Vols to finish the conference schedule unblemished was Auburn's 2004 run when the Tigers matched UT's 13-0 march.

"I talked to the team about how fast the season seems to go," Fulmer added. "We're approaching the point where three of the 12 opportunities are almost over, which is a lot."

The Vols coach also announced Thursday that captains for the Florida contest are seniors Erik Ainge, Jerod Mayo, Xavier Mitchell, Casey Woods and Eric Young.

INJURY UPDATE (Florida) - Probable: Wes Brown (shoulder); Out: Gerald Jones (hamstring).


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