Practice Notebook

Derek Dooley and his players addressed the media following Friday afternoon's practice. Go "Inside" this edition of the practice notebook to get all the latest information concerning the Tennessee Volunteers.

Kickoff Standouts

With a stable full of thoroughbred athletes Tennessee fans are anxious to see who will be handling return work. It may not be fully decided, but it appears David Oku and Denarius Moore are the front-runners at kickoff return.

"David (Oku) and Denarius Moore have showed good kickoff return ability, but you really never know until you get to a game," said Derek Dooley.

Loads of LBs

After a snake-bitten season at linebacker it appears the Volunteers will be using a slew of linebackers in 2010. Dooley appears to have a starting three and a long line of backers behind the starters.

"Nick has had a great camp, LaMarcus Thompson has been doing a pretty good job, the next guy probably Herman Lathers," said Dooley. "Then we have a whole bunch of guys after that."

King Nicked Up

Initial reports on Greg King stated he suffered a bone bruise during practice on Thursday. Dooley said the coaching staff should know more soon. They will wait and see how King progresses and will have an MRI if necessary.

"He is nicked up right now," said Dooley. "We are going to find out more on him. We are going to see how he does and if we need to MRI it we will take a look at it."

Sykes Packing on the Pounds

With Marlon Walls out for seemingly the rest of the 2010 season a few young defensive tackles will need to step up into a starting role. One player trying to make that jump is Rae Sykes.

Sykes said he has added as many as 15 pounds in the effort to move to tackle and hopes to add at least 10 more to be at his ideal playing weight. Sykes says he is currently at 275 pounds.

"I am working on putting on another ten," said Sykes. "I am eating everything. Anything I can get my hands on I eat it."

Jackson Won't Scrimmage

Initially safety Janzen Jackson wasn't expected to miss much time with an aggravated hamstring injury, but it looks like it will be at least Monday before the sophomore returns to the practice field.

"He is probably ready to go, but we aren't going to scrimmage him because he hasn't practiced," said Dooley.

Saturday Important for QBs and O-Line

After a somewhat vanilla scrimmage from the defense, Saturday's scrimmage will be important for both the offense line and the quarterbacks. Matt Simms, Tyler Bray and a young O-line will face what is sure to be a much more deceiving defense.

"They will get new looks, but it's also important that the O-line helps block those new looks because if they don't Tyler and Matt won't have a good day," said Dooley. "You can't put it all on them."

The Volunteers resume practice in Neyland Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. with their second scrimmage of fall camp.


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