Monday Afternoon Practice Report

Tennessee was full-speed ahead as they are rapidly approaching the final regular season game of 2002. There are 20 Vol seniors that will see their final game in Neyland Stadium this Saturday. One of those 20 was back at practice and pumping his defensive line up for a tough task at hand.

"We continued on a good path as a football team," Coach Phillip Fulmer said after practice. Fulmer understands how important it will be to stop the Kentucky rushing attack. Wildcat Artose Pinner is the conference's leading rusher and he is also a leading candidate for SEC player of the year. "That doesn't happen by accident," Fulmer said referring to Pinner's yardage number at this point in the year. Kentucky is the top scoring offense in the conference and Fulmer emphasized how key it will be for the defense to keep Lorensen and company in check.

The Tennessee passing game remained after practice today to work on perfecting the air raid for the weekend. All of the quarterbacks and receivers worked on picking up the pace for about 35 minutes after practice. Clausen had several nice passes, but Tony Brown and Jonathan Wade had two nice catches. If Tennessee is to get a win over Kentucky on Saturday, they must be able to throw the ball. In 2001, Kentucky limited the top rusher in the SEC Travis Stephens and forced Tennessee to win the game through the air. Had it not been for a great effort from Donte Stallworth last season's clash with the Cats, Tennessee may not have had the opportunity to play in the SEC championship game, regardless of the win over Florida. Offensive coordinator Randy Sanders worked diligently today to make his receivers understand how important their role will be.

Defensive tackle Rashad Moore was back at full steam on Monday. As is usual the case, "Boo" was very vocal with his D-line teammates. Moore sat out the game this weekend with Vanderbilt, but will be ready on Saturday against the Wildcats.

Tennessee has a different practice schedule this week with Thanksgiving falling on Thursday. The Vols will have normal practices tomorrow and Wednesday. On Thursday they will have a special morning session, then Tennessee coaches will serve players a special Thanksgiving meal in the afternoon.

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