Monday Afternoon Practice Report

The Vols were back at work on Monday following their second consecutive Southeastern Conference loss adn third of the season. Much speculation surrounded the status of Kelley Washington and his absence in Saturday's contest with Alabama. Coach Phillip Fulmer made that issure very clear on Monday.

When asked if Kelley Washington was held out due to anything other than a head injury, Fulmer said no. When asked if Washington had not sustained a concussion, Fulmer said Kelley would have played. I'm not really into drilling one of the most successful college football coaches of all-time on if he is lying or hiding something, so that clarification was perfectly fine with me.

As for Monday's practice, Fulmer was pleased with the team's effort, but is still very disappointed with the loss. "We have been our own worst enemy. This team has a lot of fight, a lot of character to it and certainly now is the time for these guys to step up." Fulmer's best comment of the night was this, "Tough times don't last, but tough people do." I sure hope he is correct.

Michael Munoz sat out practice on Monday. He was resting his sore left shoulder and is expected to practice this week. It is very unlikely that he will miss the South Carolina game.

Gibril Wilson didn't wear shoulder pads on Monday. It is unclear what his injury is, but I was told he should not miss any game action.

Casey Clausen practiced today also. Clausen was throwing and didn't seem to have any ill effects from the game. He actually looked more comfortable passing than he did last week.

Coach Fulmer's daughter Brittany had knee surgery on Monday. Coach said she is resting and should be fine. Keep her and the family in your prayers.

The Vols will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Columbia on Friday.

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