Friday Spring Practice Report

The Vols were back on the practice field on Friday afternoon and they had little better weather to deal with as opposed to the chilly temps on the opening day of spring practice.

"Good to get back out here for the second day," Coach Phillip Fulmer said after practice. "I really appreciate the attitude of the team. Football is not played in shorts, but football should be played with a good attitude."

Coach Fulmer seems to be pleased with the team thus far. I am sure you have deducted that from his comments, but it is obvious that he is truly happy with his team thus far.

"These two young corners are getting a lot of work," Fulmer quipped about Antwan Stewart and Jason Allen. Both guys have been splitting time, but appear locked in a dead heat for the vacant left side spot. Allen seems to be a little ahead of Stewart, but that may be because of the extra time Allen had on him. It should be an interesting competition to watch between the two.

Nick's voodoo curse struck again. After having a solid day on Thursday afternoon in the cold, the wide receivers seemed to have an off target practice on Friday. Chris Hannon and C.J. Fayton both dropped some easy passes. I will forgive them since it is only the second of spring practice.

Cedric Houston is running the ball stronger and quicker through the holes. Ced is ticketed to be the starter, but said Jabari Davis, Corey Larkins and Gerald Riggs Jr. will all make it difficult to have an off practice.

The defensive line looks to be pushing each other very hard. LaRon Harris, Justin Harrell, David Ligon, Greg Jones, Terriea Smalls and Andre Taylor are all making strides in the race for the top two spots. The player that seems to have improved the most since the end of the 2002 season is Mondre Dickerson. Mondre looks to have trimmed down and is much quicker. Jeffery Stewart will have a preview this weekend of the defensive line and some of coach Dan Brook's thoughts on his young guys. Be sure to check back for that.

Signee Bo Hardegree was in attendance at practice on Friday. Bo is a legit 6-4 and is pumped to put the jersey on in August. He is in town to talk to visit and hangout with future teammates.

The Vols will be in Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon for the third of their fifteen practices. The team will go in full pads tomorrow and there should be some primetime players surface on Saturday.


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