Vols continue prep for Ole Miss Rebels

The Tennessee Volunteers resumed preparations for this weeks game with the Ole Miss Rebels on Wednesday. Go "Inside" to find out what the Vols are looking forward to with their trip to Oxford.

The Tennessee football Volunteers have reached the halfway point of preparation for their matchup with the Ole Miss Rebels with Wednesday's practice.

Kiffin and the Volunteers will head to Oxford almost fully healthy as they enter week 10 of their season.

"Jacques (McClendon) is moving around a little slow with his foot and Darren Myles Jr. did not practice, but other than that everyone is out here and moving around really good. Marlon Walls seems to be 100 percent."

Kiffin spoke well of the energy during Wednesday's practice after having a bit of a down day at Tuesday's workout.

"Thought the practice was great. There was good energy today, better than yesterday. Yesterday just seemed to be ok"

Coach Kiffin and the Tennessee defense will again face another big play threat at wide receiver with the Rebel's Shay Hodge. Hodge is listed at 6'1" and has been accruing big time numbers in Houston Nutt's offense, including six touchdown receptions.

"He has a big time arm and can get on a hot streak. So its going to be a big challenge for our rush and our coverage to do well against another great receiver," said Kiffin.

The Tennessee secondary will need to continue to shut down big time receivers to have success on the road this weekend. Junior safety Eric Berry and the Tennessee defensive backs are excited for another tough matchup.

"He can go up and get the ball and he is very physical," said Berry of Hodge. "That is really rare from a wide receiver stand-point where a wide receiver likes to go up and get the ball and block."

Berry will be accompanied by freshman SEC defensive player of the week Janzen Jackson in Oxford this Saturday. Jackson will rejoin the team after serving a one game suspension for violation of team rules; Jackson is excited to be back.

"Its going to be nice getting back. I kind of had a week of to rest my legs and stuff," said Jackson. "I missed the guys watching them out there on TV."

The Tennessee secondary isn't the only group who relishes in facing another top opponent. The Tennessee offensive line is also ready to face another stellar pass rush.

"They are a very good defensive line and it will be a challenge to us," said offensive lineman Vladimir Richard. "I feel like they haven't seen and offensive line like us, so we just have to come out and play our physical style of play."

Richard has been battling with Cory Sullins for the starting spot at left guard. Last Saturday both Sullins and Richard split snaps during the contest with Memphis.

"They both graded out pretty close so we will continue to look at that," said Kiffin "That position will remain open the rest of the week."

Daniel Lincoln has been a continuous question mark since aggravating a quad injury in the Vols contest with Alabama. This week is much of the same with Lincoln who whose distance will still be a question mark heading into Saturday.

"It changes every week and every day. We don't really know till we there Saturday and in that atmosphere and have kicked both ways," said Kiffin of Lincoln. "We have no way of knowing in the middle of the week because its so different but, he did kick the ball very well yesterday."

Kiffin and the Volunteers will continue practice Thursday afternoon before heading the Oxford for Saturday's showdown.


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