UT's Wednesday practice report

Quarterback Jonathan Crompton was the hero for the offense at the end of practice Wednesday evening, not because of his throwing ability but because of his kicking.

The Vols held a kick competition between the offense and defense after practice Thursday. Each side had to provide a snapper, holder and kicker. The offense went first, and Crompton?s kick bounced off the right goalpost and ricocheted through.

The defense did not fare as well in its try at special teams. Defensive back Eric Berry served as the holder, and defensive back Dennis Rogan attempted the kick. Head coach Lane Kiffin said Berry's hold was not the best, and Rogan's kick did not clear the line of scrimmage.

Kiffin said practice went well as the team prepares for Saturday's regular-season finale against Kentucky in Lexington. The Vols practice again Thursday after morning meetings, so that players who live nearby can travel home for the holiday.

"I thought practice was good. It was very spirited, very energetic," Kiffin said. "We've got a lot of work to do in the morning with these guys."

In the injury report, Kiffin said Ben Martin (hip) and Chris Walker (elbow), the Vols' starting defensive ends, did not practice Wednesday. Defensive back Art Evans (shoulder) also missed practice, and Kiffin expects him to be a game-time decision Saturday. He added that linebacker LaMarcus Thompson, who missed last week's win against Vanderbilt with a neck injury, gave a good performance in practice.

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