Sunday no longer a day of rest for Vols

Lane Kiffin and the Volunteers began their preparations for next weekend's game against the Memphis Tigers. Go "Inside" to get injury reports, reactions and news from Tennessee's Sunday practice.

Sunday is no longer a day of rest for Lane Kiffin and the Volunteers. Sunday marked the second week of the Vols' new practice schedule that includes an evening practice on Sunday and an off day on Monday.

Kiffin saw good and bad in the Vols victory of Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks.

"After watching the tape with the staff and with the guys, obviously a big win like that there are some good things, a lot of things to improve on," Kiffin said Sunday.

Kiffin seemed less than satisfied with a Tennessee offense that managed to collect 31 points on Saturday night.

"Very disappointed in the offense after looking at the film," said Kiffin. "We left a lot of yards out there."

While Kiffin wasn't anxious to pat the back of the Tennessee offense, he didn't mind distributing credit where it was due.

"I think (Montario) Hardesty played great. Outside of that nobody played great," said Kiffin.

Hardesty turned in another great performance, rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the Volunteers victory.

Kiffin and his relentless recruiting staff had a long list of official visitors in Knoxville for Saturday's game including new Tennessee commitment Ken Adams. Kiffin did not downplay the impact on recruiting from the weekend win.

"It was a national game for recruiting," said Kiffin.

Possibly the biggest news out of Tennessee's practice on Sunday was the lack thereof of one player. Freshman wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson was absent from Sunday's workout.

"We are dealing with an issue with Nu'Keese," said Kiffin. Kiffin said more information on the situation would be available on Tuesday at his weekly press conference.

And while linebacker Savion Frazier (knee) did not practice on Sunday evening, Kiffin said Frazier's injuries might not be as extensive as originally thought. Kiffin added that it was possible that Frazier might be available as early as this week.

Kiffin and the Vols will return to action Saturday in Neyland Stadium to battle the Memphis Tigers. And while most don't give the Tigers a chance in Saturday's game Kiffin isn't giving his team an opportunity to overlook Memphis.

"They were a little loose today and at the end I had to remind them we are now approaching 24 hours. We've got to go, it's time to move on, nobody cares anymore about the last game," said Kiffin.

The Vols will rest on Monday and return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon to continue their preparations for Saturday's game.


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