Alabama week has arrived for Volunteers

It may have been Monday for your average Tennessean, but for the Tennessee Volunteers football squad it was Tuesday. Add in the fact it's Alabama week and the Vols turned in its best practice of the year. Tennessee will journey to Alabama this weekend for the 3:30 p.m. contest against the No. 2 Crimson Tide.

It may have been Monday for your average Tennessean, but for the Tennessee Volunteers football squad it was Tuesday.

"Even though it's Monday today, it was a normal Tuesday routine for us, our hardest practice of the week," said Lane Kiffin after Monday's workout.

Kiffin and the Volunteers returned to the practice field Monday afternoon to begin preparations for the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.

"Its good to get a head start, its the same schedule we used for Western Kentucky. It gives us two lighter days at the end of the week to make sure we have fresh legs," said Kiffin.

Tennessee comes off its bye week almost completely healthy, with the exception of wide receiver Quinton Hancock who is sidelined with a sprained ankle.

"Quinton we hope to push back. It's an ankle sprain, one that is not as severe as Gerald's (Jones) was earlier in the year. So hopefully he will play this week," said Lane Kiffin Monday afternoon.After being absent for several weeks the Volunteers Vladimir Richard returned to practice Monday afternoon.

"The tempo was up, everyone was flying around. It was really good. Just to be ahead, up a day in practice, be able to come out tomorrow and have another competitive day its just going to put us one step ahead of where we need to be," said Richard after practice.

Kiffin and rest of the coaching staff couldn't say where the energy came from during Monday's practice, but quite frankly they didn't seem to care.

"Very pleased with the energy today, and the focus. Does it have to do with who we are playing? I don't know," said Kiffin. "What matters to us is the guys came ready today at 2:30 and had a great practice today."

Kiffin also added that he thought Monday's practice was one of the best he has seen since arriving in Knoxville.

"Probably the best Tuesday practice I can remember being around since we have been here," said Kiffin.

Kiffin and the Volunteers will hit the practice field again on Tuesday for another tough workout in preparation Nick Saban's Crimson Tide.


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