Kiffin getting a lot of national recognition

Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers marched to a new beat during Wednesday afternoon's practice. Go "Inside" to get the latest news on the Vols injuries and preparations for the Halloween showdown with South Carolina, including what new beat (lyric) they are listening to. Kiffin's name is getting a lot more circulation in the country than ever expected.

Lane Kiffin and the Tennessee Volunteers marched to a new beat during Wednesday afternoon's practice, literally.

Kiffin was recently featured in a new Lil Wayne song titled "Banned from TV" and the song was played during this afternoon's warmup session. (Warning: explicit content)

"We are Lil Wayne fans, we have played him out here a number of times before, so I guess we are getting a little street cred," Kiffin said with a smile.

On a more serious note the Vols head coach was pleased with Wednesday's practice.

"Very good practice today. We are pretty healthy for the most part. The guys had a lot of energy today," said Kiffin.

Kiffin seemed to be happy with where the team was both mentally and physically despite coming off a heart-breaking loss to rival Alabama.

"They were very physical. We had a team run today, ones versus ones. I thought it was good, they are in a good frame of mind," said Kiffin.

The Vols head coach also commented that senior signal caller Jonathan Crompton had another solid practice.

"The quarterback is playing phenomenal right now in practice, so hopefully we can keep that up," said Kiffin.

Crompton has certainly turned in two solid performances in a row against SEC rivals Georgia and Alabama. He has completed over 60 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and two interceptions in his previous two contests.

Crompton certainly hopes that tight end Luke Stocker is healthy for Saturday's showdown. Stocker was in a no-contact jersey on Wednesday. Kiffin cited back trouble and expects Stocker to be available Saturday.

Other injuries included Daniel Lincoln who has not kicked in two days with a quad injury. Punter Chad Cunningham has stepped in for the time being and done an excellent job, according to Kiffin.

"Chad kicked extremely well, by far better than he has ever kicked since we have been here. So we will see later on this week," said Kiffin.

Freshman free safety Janzen Jackson was battling stomach flu early in the week, but returned to full strength this afternoon. Jackson seems anxious to battle a pass-happy South Carolina offense.

"I kind of want to switch my game up this week. I told EB (Eric Berry) I'm not going for no more big hits, because big hits aren't a stat. So I am going to try and get some more interceptions," said Jackson.

Senior wide receiver Quintin Hancock moved around today sporting a new ankle brace after battling injury. Kiffin expects that Hancock will go on Saturday, but doesn't know how much the wideout will play.

The Vols will be back in Neyland Stadium Halloween night against Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks. The kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. and will air on ESPN.


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