It's Alabama Week, enough said.
That's how junior defensive end Chris Walker feels.
Walker spoke to media today at Tennessee's weekly press conference, the excitement in his eyes and in his expressions, easily shows that he is a little extra motivated this week.
"We are really excited about show casing our program this week against the No. 1 team I the country," Walker said. "Oh yeah, it's also Alabama. We want to see what we can do against the No. 1 team in the country."
According to Walker the Vols are going to have their work out for them.
"They have a huge line," Walker said. "They have two really good running backs. It's like lighting and Thunder with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. It's very important to contain their running game."
Walker feels Alabama will attack Tennessee with their running game until the Vols prove they can stop it.
"We have to prove we can stop their running attack," Walker said. "Tackling is going to be huge for us. We are putting a major emphasis on tackling the ball carrier. They have a lot of yards after contact. We have to do a better job wrapping up the ball carrier and do a better job tackling."
Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin agrees with Walker about stopping the run.
"If we don't stop the run, we won't have a chance against them," Kiffin said. "We have to do a better job with field position and we have to keep our defense off the field."
Walker was asked if the big win against Georgia could be a turning point for this football team.
"I definitely think we needed that big win a lot," Walker said. "Hopefully it will give us the needed momentum going into the second half of our season. I definitely think it could be a turning point for us."
Walker has seen a change in his teammates after returning from an off week.
"I definitely can see the player's demeanors being a little different already this week," Walker said. "Everyone has a different attitude for the Alabama game."
One thing that Walker hopes will happen this week is a little more production from the defensive line when it comes to making sacks.
"We are hard pressed to get more sacks this week," Walker said. "We are hungry; we need to get a lot more sacks."
Kiffin agrees that this is a big week and a big test for his team.
"This is a big time matchup for us," Kiffin said Tuesday. "We had an intense practice yesterday; we have to have another intense practice today. We are going to have to do everything right to be in this game, We aren't having any trouble getting our players up and ready for this one."