Fulmer focuses on depth

The Tennessee football team practiced for two and a half hours Monday morning inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center clad in shorts and shoulder pads.

The Vols spent a portion of practice focusing on the past and a portion focusing on the future.

"We spent the first half of practice working on corrections and things from the scrimmage that we need to do better," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We spent the last half starting to get ready the next scrimmage."

One of the head coach's goals for Monday's workout and the six practices that remain this week is building depth.

"We're still really concerned about certain spots with our depth," Fulmer said. "But we've taken some steps here in the days we've been in pads, which is good."

The defensive tackle position is particular area of interest as the Vols have three solid performers in Demonte Bolden, Dan Williams and Walter Fisher but lost Chase Nelson to a season-ending knee injury last week. That leaves room for sophomore Victor Thomas and freshman Donald Langley to step into the playing rotation.

"I thought their effort was good," Fulmer said. "They're both still playing too high. They had a few plays where they really looked like you want them to look. It was a step in the right direction. We basically have three starters right now and we'll have to continue to get those other guys pushed to the forefront."

Two-a-days are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday this week while Wednesday and Friday are single-practice days. The Vols will scrimmage again Saturday evening.

Tennessee opens the 2008 season Sept. 1 at UCLA. The game is set to kick off at 5 p.m. PT and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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