Kiffin impressed with Vols' Wednesday practice

KNOXVILLE ( -- Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin said the Volunteers offense had cut down on mistakes during Wednesday’s practice as the team prepares for the weekend matchup against Ohio at Neyland Stadium.

“I thought today was really good on the offensive side of the ball,” Kiffin said. “Out of 36 plays, we ran two repeats, which is better than we’ve ever been before on a Wednesday.”

Kiffin described the general health of the team post-practice as “OK” heading into Saturday’s game. The Vols have played three consecutive games and take the field for three more before an off week following a home game against Georgia on Oct. 10.

Sophomore defensive back Art Evans, who has started all three games for the Vols with seven tackles, missed Tuesday’s practice because of laryngitis. Evans was back on the field and participated in a majority of the action.

“He did most of the drills today, which was good to see,” Kiffin said.

Kiffin also addressed the condition of two starters on the defensive side: junior linebacker LaMarcus Thompson and senior defensive tackle Wes Brown. Kiffin said Thompson’s back was bothering him; Brown, who has been battling a knee injury, was held out as a precautionary measure.

“We think Wes will be able to play every time,” Kiffin said. “Every game we go into, something happens at some point, but he battles through. If there was a guy who didn’t need our physical practices, Wes would be that guy. For instance, in the opener, he played great and he didn’t practice much that week. We’ll push Wes out there tomorrow.”

Thompson already has 15 tackles this season, including three for loss. Brown has three tackles this season, including a sack for a loss of five yards.

Kiffin also added that redshirt freshman Aaron Douglas is getting his first collegiate starting nod at right tackle, with Jarrod Shaw moving to contend for the left guard position with Cory Sullins. The coach said he expects William Brimfield to see more playing time as well.

Kickoff Saturday night is 7 o’clock, with the Vol Network and VideoSeat pay-per-view providing the coverage.

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