Wednesday Afternoon Practice Report

The Vols appear to be as healthy as they have been in the last few weeks. Except for a few minor bumps and bruises, the team should be close to 100 percent.

Coaches were lucky enough to get Casey Clausen, Cedric Houston, Karlton Neal and Alex Walls back in practice this week. You know with all those guys returning that Tennessee luck would force someone to get hurt. Defensive end/tackle Demetrin Veal injured his ankle on Monday. Now it appears that he should be able to return to the field on Thursday, but to this point he has not practiced since Monday when the injury occured. Coach Fulmer said he would release Veal's status tomorrow, but did not say what the problem was with his ankle.

Casey Clausen was again unable to meet with team physician Bill Yeomans today. Coach Fulmer said his playing time would depend on how Casey's shoulder felt on Saturday. Clausen continues to get about 80 percent of the snaps. James Banks and C.J. Leak are splitting the remainder, but they are still seeing more field time than they had leading up to Clausen's injury prior to the Georgia game.

The Vol defense has been pushed very hard this week by coordinator John Chavis. Chavis is making his group prepare for Bama's double quarterback threat of Tyler Watts and Brodie Croyle. Chavis seems to have lit a fire that his defense must respond to on Saturday if Tennessee is to get a victory. Tailback Keldrick Williams has even worked some with the scout team to give the Vols a realistic look at the threat Santonio Beard could cause.

On the offensive side of the ball, wideout Montrell Jones has had a good week of practice. Today Montrell made a nice leaping catch over defensive back Willie Miles. Jones could have earned himself extra snaps against Alabama this weekend with his good play on the practice field.

Thursday will be the final day of practice for the Vols and Coach Fulmer will also give his pregame injury status report.

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