Tuesday Practice Report

Posted Sep 9, 2003

Tennessee is focusing on three things during their off week.

First of all, head coach Phillip Fulmer would like to see his team improve on their fundamentals. Getting players healthy is another priority for the coaching staff. Fulmer would also like to get a good start on preparing for what should be an extremely tough Florida Gator football team.

As for the fundamentals, the Vols tackling was sub-par in the game versus Marshall on Saturday, according to Fulmer.

"We missed way to many tackles in the ballgame," Fulmer said. "You talk about that and it doesn't do anything, particularly when you're a young team like we are in alot of spots. You've got to go to practice and do something about it."

Injury-wise, Fulmer believes that his team should be nearly full strength when the Vols and Gators line it up on September 20th.

"The only one we expect to miss the game possibly is Jonathan Wade," said Fulmer. "Everybody else should be back and ready to go."

Several Vols did miss practice on Tuesday for a variety of reasons.

Wade walked the sidelines with his left arm in a sling. Wade suffered a slight separation in the Marshall game.

James Banks sat out with a strained abdomen.

Respective sprained ankles kept Gibril Wilson and Gerald Riggs out of action.

Senior wide receiver Tony Brown took the day off because of a sore groin.

Fulmer noted that Jason Allen slides over to strong safety when Gibril Wilson is out of action.

One player who has been quite visible during the games is punter Dustin Colquitt. Colquitt was named as the SEC special team's player of the week on Monday. Fulmer praised his punter after Tuesday's work-out.

"He's done a great job," Fulmer said. "I think the best thing Dustin did was to start listening to his dad. I'm the bad guy. I'm pretty tough on him."

Regardless of whether Fulmer is playing the good guy or the bad guy, his tactics with Colquitt appear to be working.

Tennessee practices twice more this week before taking Friday off.

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