Tennessee Sunday Practice Notebook

Tennessee returned to Decatur High School on Sunday morning for its second straight bowl practice. Who was still limited in practice? How is Lane Kiffin approaching this big bowl matchup with Virginia Tech? We have those answers and more. Go "Inside" for all the details in this practice notebook. Covering the Volunteers Bowl Week like no other.

The Volunteers finished their final outdoor practice of the year with a two-hour session at Decatur High School in Atlanta late Sunday morning.

Tennessee will enjoy the warmth of the Georgia Dome on Monday through Wednesday, as the Vols practice indoors in preparation for their bowl game with Virginia Tech Thursday night.

Douglas Still Limited

Freshman offensive tackle Aaron Douglas continued to be limited at practice while battling through an ankle injury.

"He was limited today," head coach Lane Kiffin said. "He moved around better. We anticipate him to be full speed tomorrow."

Douglas made the move from tight end to tackle during fall camp to help a thin offensive line. The freshman's tough play earned him All-SEC freshmen honors at the conclusion of the regular season.

Should Douglas' ankle issues reappear in the bowl game, junior Jarrod Shaw should fill his void off the bench.

Reviewing Special Teams

Tennessee spent an extensive period of time working on kick returns Sunday morning in preparation for a Virginia Tech team notorious for excellent special teams.

Junior wide receivers Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore paired together, as well as freshman running back David Oku and junior defensive back Eric Berry.

Oku broke two nice deep returns, while Berry added a few impressive scurries down the middle.

"We understand that special teams is a key point in their game," Oku said. "We've been working hard on it."

Shaking off the Dust

After Kiffin criticized his team for rusty play on the first day of practice, players responded on what they felt was a physical, involved practice Sunday.

"Yesterday he was talking about our assignments, we were a little off on our technique and assignments," senior center Cody Sullins said. "I think we cleaned that up a lot today. I still think we need to get better for the game."

"I think we had a much better practice," junior wide receiver Denarius Moore said. "We came out with a mindset that we need to get better and that's what we did."

Coach Kiffin's impression of practice didn't quite match his players opinions.

"We're still rusty," Kiffin said. "Getting out here again, to be better, be more crisp especially on offense."

Who's Kicking?

Many eyes continue to focus on the Volunteer kicking duties, which remain up for grabs between juniors Daniel Lincoln, Devin Mathis and Chad Cunningham.

"We went three days of competition and we'll still evaluate that," Kiffin said. "It will be a game-time decision."

Lincoln suffered from a groin injury early in the season, which led to the addition of walk-on Mathis, who provided limited support alongside punter Chad Cunningham.

Since then, inconsistency has plagued the trio as the coaching staff has continued to evaluate the group in search of a promising starter for the bowl game.

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