Lane Kiffin has the task of preparing his squad to take on the No. 1 team in the country when the Volunteers travel to the Swamp to take on the Gators this Saturday.
It was all work on Wednesday for Kiffin and his young team, Mother Nature couldn't even throw off the Vols from their focus. A rain storm forced UT inside for the first part of the practice, but Kiffin wanted his team to finish up in the wet conditions just in case it rains this weekend.
"We threw a lot at them today," Kiffin said. ‘We focused on third down and red zone situations. We had a number of mistakes earlier; practice went a little longer due to the repeats."
Kiffin did feel his team responded towards the end of practice.
"I'm proud of the way they responded at the end," Kiffin said. "They were taken out of their normal routine today because of the weather. That was good because after two home games they will see a different routine this weekend."
A lot of players have returned this week, with most of the injuries being minor.
"For the most part we are out there and pushing through little things," Kiffin said. "I won't say we are completely healthy, but they are out there and making themselves push through it."
Kiffin realizes that his team faces a big challenge this weekend taking the No. 1 team in the country and facing players like Brandon James. Will the Vols kick it to James?
"At Oakland we always kicked to Devin Hester, did a great job covering him," Kiffin said. "We have definitely worked on kicking the ball out of bounds this week. James is a great player."
One player that may see action this weekend is center Josh McNeil. He will be a back up and help out in the depth area on the offensive line.
THE JAW BREAKER
Dennis Rogan didn't realize he had broken someone's jaw, the UCLA starting quarterback Prince, until the next day. "That's the first time I have broken somone's jaw. I knew I hit him hard, I didn't realize that."
OFFENSIVE LINE STRIVING FOR GREATNESS
Offensive line coach James Cregg has done an outstanding job with the Vols offensive line, one of the most improved groups this fall. "We didn't look like that Saturday." Cregg admitted that his unit was struggling with some minor injuries and is striving to be a lot better against Florida this week. "We are working tremendously hard to get better every day, I love our guys work ethic and attitude."