Tennessee wrapped up the practice portion of its Georgia preparations with a 90-minute workout Thursday.
Practice time was split between Haslam Field and the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center because of a thunderstorm threat.
Head coach Phillip Fulmer expects special teams once again to play a critical role in Saturday’s outcome against Georgia. “I addressed it with the team a week ago Monday when we had our first meeting about it, we worked on it all last week, I addressed it again Monday of this week and I addressed it again today -- that special teams have and will play an important part for us,” Fulmer said. “Certainly we have the talent to make some plays in the special teams area and Georgia does as well. It’s always -- it’s always -- an important part of the game. We’ve emphasized it; we’ve worked on it and looked at some different things, so I’m eager to see where we are with it. I expect good results.”
Last week’s open date appears to have left the Vols as healthy as they’ve been all season. Only DE Andre Mathis is expected to miss Saturday’s game. Expect to see junior Britton Colquitt resume kickoff duties. Colquitt was targeted for all three kicking chores -- punting, placements and kickoffs -- before injuring his quadriceps muscle in the preseason.
Redshirt freshman Daniel Lincoln retains the placekicking duties after his rocket start to the season. Fulmer also said true freshman Gerald Jones could return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for three weeks. “He’s our second ‘Z’ receiver and we need the depth there,” Fulmer said. “He was doing really well before he pulled that hamstring and has kind of picked back up where he left off. It was a pretty quick recovery, according to our medical staff.”
Don’t forget -- the first 10,000 fans Saturday through gates 10 and 21 receive 2007 Official Trading Card Sets, courtesy of the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Gates open at 1:30 p.m. UT alum and multi-platinum recording artist Deana Carter performs with The Pride of the Southland Marching Band during Saturday’s halftime.