Vols hold another spirited practice

The Tennessee Volunteers continue to stay a day ahead of schedule heading into their matchup with No. 1 Alabama. Go "Inside" to hear how the Vols are gearing up for their showdown in Tuscaloosa. The Vols got a special guest when former UT Coach Johnny Majors came by to give the team a pep talk and share some of his memories of the rivalry between the Vols and Alabama.

The Volunteers continue to stay one day ahead of schedule during this week's practice agenda, and shed the pads Wednesday.

A special visitor greeted the Vols on Wednesday afternoon to help relay the magnitude of this Saturday's matchup.

"Coach (Johnny) Majors came in, had him speak to the team about the tradition and the history of this matchup. He told some phenomenal stories to the guys, they were very motivated by him," Kiffin said after practice.

The Vols must have heard Majors' message loud and clear. Kiffin was quick to praise the Volunteers' Wednesday practice, especially on the offensive side of the football.

"I thought the quarterback and receivers were phenomenal. They were well over 90 percent completion today," said Kiffin.

The Volunteers passing attack will no doubt have to play a mistake-free game on the road this Saturday. Nick Saban's Alabama defense has all but shut out opposing offenses, only surrendering 11.5 points per game.

"You can see the confidence building in the passing game, but it will have to carry over against the best pass defense in the country Saturday," said Kiffin.

Several Volunteers were held out or limited during Wednesday's work out on Rocky Top including Art Evans, Dan Williams, Gerald Williams and Quintin Hancock.

Kiffin expects that both Dan Williams and Evans will be ready to go despite being game time decisions for Saturday's contest.

Hancock on the other hand hasn't participated in practice for a full week. Although Kiffin said that if there was a receiver that could miss a full week's practice and still step in on game day Hancock would be the guy.

The Volunteers will no doubt need everyone to be at full strength when they make the trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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