Tennessee’s Friday routine at the Outback Bowl included its first formal press conference and another round of practice in the warm Florida sun.
Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer didn’t think weather would be an issue for Tuesday’s matchup against Wisconsin, but said he would monitor its effects as the week went along.
“I don’t know that you get completely acclimated to it, but five or six practices should do it,” he said. “Like always, we hope to be able to play a good number of people in the ballgame.
“I’d say both teams would have a little bit of difficulty if it just pop out there really hot.”
Friday’s high under sunny skies topped 80 degrees, nearly 10 degrees above normal for the bay area this time of year.
“We’re a well-conditioned football team, particularly after playing some of the numbers of snaps we played during the course of the year —not necessarily snaps we wanted to play. But if it’s 85 degrees and the humidity is up, it’s always something to be aware of. Our trainers will keep us aware and we’ll try to play a good number of people.”
Friday’s schedule included the bowl’s first formal press conference, with coordinators and players from both teams, followed by a night for the Vols at GameWorks in Ybor City. Saturday, the Vols will hold their first morning practice to begin acclimating to Tuesday’s kickoff schedule of 11 a.m. (ESPN and Vol Network) before taking the afternoon for more fun and games at Busch Gardens.
InSIDe the Vols -- Visiting Friday’s practice was former Vols great and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Frank Emanuel, who lives in the Tampa area was a linebacker for the 1963-65 Vols ... Emanuel earned consensus All-America honors in 1965 ... Tight ends Brad and Jeff Cottam have a Wisconsin connection in their grandfather, Roger French, who coached on the Badgers’ offensive staff from 1966-69...French also made coaching stops at Memphis State, Minnesota and Northern Iowa before embarking on a 21-year stint as an offensive assistant at BYU.
Also at practice Friday was former NFL quarterback Doug Williams, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1978 and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXII after leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 31, 1988.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information