ATLANTA, GA-Tennessee began their bowl coverage for the Chik-fil-A bowl at Atlanta area Decatur High School. Go "Inside" this practice notebook for the ins and outs of Tennessee's first practice in Atlanta.
Lane Kiffin said the Volunteers place kicking duties are still up for grabs. Kiffin cited inconsistency as the main problem in the kicking game.
"We kicked all three of them again today. We will go back and watch this film and decide pretty soon," said Kiffin. "It wasn't very good today again. As soon as you think one guy is pulling ahead he's inconsistent."
Senior defensive tackle Wes Brown was held out of Monday's practice earlier in the week with concussion-like symptoms, but Brown returned to the field Saturday morning.
"I don't know we were doing a tackling drill and I had one of the worst headaches I have ever had," said Brown. "I feel great. I didn't want to miss anything, but getting back out here was great."
Offensive lineman Aaron Douglas (ankle) was held out of team drills Saturday, but Douglas did participate in individual work early in practice and said he will be ready to go by game time.
Freshman tailback Bryce Brown (concussion) was held out of Saturday's workout and will be reevaluated before tomorrow's practice.
"We will retest him again tomorrow morning before practice, hopefully he will be out here," said Kiffin.
Both Austin Rodgers and Toney Williams both participated in individual workouts Saturday afternoon and seem to be doing well in their rehab.
Christmas Present and Surprises
Tight end Luke Stocker had arguably the most eventful Christmas of anyone on the Tennessee football team. Stocker proposed to his now fiancé Daine Karst on Christmas Eve.
Senior defensive tackle Wes Brown said Stocker's engagement was easily topped by his Christmas present. Brown received tickets to six different Nascar races for the upcoming season.
"I might have him beat. For Christmas I got six races I have tickets to," said Brown. "He can get married, but I'm going to do my racing this spring."
Senior tailback Montario Hardesty says that the time off in recent weeks has given the Orange and White time to great back to 100 percent. Hardesty added the time off has definitely given his body time to heal from the normal wear-and-tear of the football season.
"I feel a lot fresher," said Hardesty. "A little bit less pound on my body and I feel a lot fresher."