Monday Practice Report

The Vols went back to the practice field for only the second time since their final home win over Kentucky two weeks ago. Coach Fulmer slightly expressed discontent for the tempo shown by his offense in their team period this afternoon.

Coaches stayed after practice to work with the freshman and sophomore players to give them a longer opportunity to improve their fundamentals. "Had good work with the young guys after practice," Fulmer said as the session was wrapping up. "The work after practice was the best work of the day." A few guys that seemed to benefit and show well the most where Omar Gaither, Chris Hannon and Rob Smith. All of those are true freshman and have been impressive over the last couple of weeks.

Tennessee coaches always like to use extra time during bowl preparations to work with the underclassmen after practice. "It is almost like a mini-spring practice for them (freshman and sophs)," Fulmer said.

All the receivers got extra work today. Mostly the work was geared at catching the ball along the sideline and catching the ball period. Chris Hannon, as I said above, looks like he can be something special at Tennessee. With today's news of Jayson Swain committing, it is plausible to believe that the top three receivers in '03 could be 2 sophomores and 1 true freshman (Jonathan Wade, Hannon and Swain).

Coach Fulmer expressed his opinion on the team part of practice this afternoon very carefully. "Our team periods need to be better," he said sharply.

The Vols will practice twice on Tuesday and Wednesday, once on Thursday and once on Friday. Check I.T. over the next few days for practice updates.

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