Wednesday Afternoon Practice Report

With the speakers blasting to simulate the "game-like" experience, the Vols hit the practice field on Wednesday with a list of questions.

Number one: Where is our consistency? The Volunteers have not put up the numbers consistently this season. In fact, some might argue that the Vols haven't even showed up this season aside from the second half of the Rutgers game and the overtime against Arkansas. And going into a big game like Saturday, Tennessee needs a team effort.

Number two: What do we do at quarterback with Casey Clausen questionable? With quarterback Clausen nursing a sore shoulder, the word "adversity" is something that Tennessee coaches know well this week. "This team has been one of the best teams I've had at overcoming adversity," said coach Phillip Fulmer after the practice. "Someone is always ready to jump in where we need him, and we will have the best guy for this particular game."

In Wednesday's practice Clausen looked on while backup QB C.J. Leak took the majority of the snaps, followed by James Banks and then standout wide receiver Kelley Washington took a few as well. Leak started for Wake Forest before a season ending knee injury in the 2000 season and then sat out last season after transferring to UT. Listed as a junior, Leak may just get another chance to shine this weekend, with Clausen questionable, in what might be the make or break game for the Vols SEC hopes.

"The young guys did fine," said Fulmer. "They are looking better. But even guys like Peyton Manning and Casey Clausen were limited as freshman. And you just can't do the same things you do with your more experienced player."

Number three: What about revenge? Revenge must play a part in the minds of Tennessee upper classmen. UT has not had good luck with the Georgia Bulldogs the last two seasons. First the Bulldogs clipped the hedges in excitement after rolling over the vols in the 2000 season, and then last year the ‘Dogs jumped on the "T" before getting a literal last minute upset over our Orange and White. The question though still remains: Does Georgia still have Tennessee's number?

"We are approaching this game just like every other game," said Fulmer. "We are just going to go down and stick to our game plan." All in all though, practice went well. But at this point, the Vols still have a lot of work to do before the weekend.


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