Tuesday Morning Practice Report

Tennessee worked out this morning and was much improved in terms of their intensity during practice. Phillip Fulmer was pleased with his teams' attitude on Tuesday.

"I thought the tempo was picked up considerably from yesterday," Fulmer said this morning. Coach Fulmer said his offensive team sessions on Monday were "not where he wanted them to be at that time."

The Vol coaches also began their Peach Bowl gameplan on Tuesday morning. Fulmer made no bones about the fact that Maryland will be a tough team to handle and especially on the defensive side of the ball. "They are difficult because they do so much. You have to decide if you are going to go with a multiple package, which we are a very multiple team, and just make adjustments at the line."

Tennessee continues to get good practice work out of the injured Rashad Baker. Rashad says his knee is feeling much better and he thinks he will be ready to go on the 31st. Bake has been wearing a thick knee brace to help prevent any further damage, but the knee ultimately needs time to heal up fully.

Gerald Riggs Jr. was out at practice today jogging and moving around a little. He did not participate in drills, but looks to be in good shape and ready to rebound in 2003. He did not show any noticeable affects from the ankle surgery, which is a very positive sign.

Aaron Kirkland did not dress out for practice today. Aaron has had some slight shoulder problems, which could be why has been sitting practice out thus far in bowl preparations. Kirkland has gotten a look at fullback, although it is hard to believe his future at Tennessee will be in the backfield.

Jonathan Wade saw a lot of passes thrown his way this morning. Wade looks more and more like the go-to-guy for Tennessee. With Wade's speed, he should be a instant deep threat to Maryland with the game being played on astroturf.

Tennessee will practice again in a few hours. Check back this afternoon for a P.M. practice report.

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