Tennessee conducted a brief walkthrough at Raymond James Stadium Monday before returning to the University of Tampa one final time to complete its Outback Bowl preparations. Kickoff against the Wisconsin Badgers is set for 11 a.m. ET Tuesday (ESPN and Vol Network).
At the bowl’s final official press conference Monday, UT head coach Philip Fulmer spoke about the threat posed by versatile Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan.
“It’s a big concern for us,” Fulmer said. “That’s a dimension that often times is very difficult to have a scheme for. Those guys are very dangerous. He’s very good in the pocket, but he’s exceptional out of the pocket and has the ability to throw on the run or run the ball very well. It’s a concern for us that we were continuing to work on even (on Sunday).”
Tennessee’s offensive starters for the Outback Bowl are expected to be left tackle Chris Scott, left guard Anthony Parker, center Josh McNeil, right guard Jacques McClendon, right tackle Ramon Foster, tight end Brad Cottam, tight end Chris Brown, wide receiver Austin Rogers, wide receiver Josh Briscoe, quarterback Erik Ainge and tailback Arian Foster.
On the defensive side, left defensive end Xavier Mitchell, left tackle J.T. Mapu, right tackle Dan Williams, right defensive end Antonio Reynolds, weakside linebacker Jerod Mayo, middle linebacker Ellix Wilson, strongside linebacker Ryan Karl, left cornerback Brent Vinson, right cornerback DeAngelo Willingham, free safety Jonathan Hefney and strong safety Eric Berry are set to start.
Special teams starters will be punter Britton Colquitt and All-America placekicker Daniel Lincoln.
Berry, the Vols’ lone true freshman starter on offense or defense, drew praise from his head coach during Monday’s press conference.
“Eric is really unusually mature,” Fulmer said of the Freshman All-America honoree. “He comes from an unbelievably great family. His mom and dad have instilled the proper characteristics in him from just being an outstanding person. His work ethic, his decision making, his integrity—all those things that you would like your son to possess, he has.
“He’s very gifted from a physical standpoint. God blessed him. He’s a tremendous athlete. On top of all that, he works really, really hard doing what he loves to do and that’s play football. It’s been a real pleasure to watch how much he’s improved since the beginning of the season until now.”
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information
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