Saturday's First Scrimmage Is An Opportunity For The Young Vols

The biggest news out of practice Friday ... Offensive Lilneman Cody Pope might be switching sides ... The Tennessee Freshman practiced with the Defense at Tackle ... He'll be watched closely tomorrow at the scrimmage for his positioning.

Meantime, the Tennessee football team wrapped up its first full week of practice on Friday afternoon with a two hour workout in shells on Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Vols will next take the field Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium for their first scrimmage of the preseason.

For much of the practice, the Vols worked on special teams and in position groups fine-tuning techniques and assignments. After position work, the Vols worked briefly in 11-on-11 drills.

"Today, everything was geared towards tomorrow," head coach Philip Fulmer said. "We're getting different looks on offense and defense. We're putting them in situations that they'll see tomorrow. It's a big day for us to test some of the young guys."

Saturday's live action will provide an opportunity for many players to prove they belong in the playing rotation. Tennessee has three weeks to fill several holes on both sides of the ball, having lost 10 starters from a season ago including both starting wideouts and three quarters of the defensive secondary.

"We're going to go at it pretty good," Fulmer said. "It will be great for those young defensive backs and receivers to see how they handle it."

The Vols have made it through the first week of practice nearly injury free. The only holdout for the Saturday scrimmage will be linebacker Ellix Wilson with a minor knee injury.

Tennessee will run approximately 100 plays in the closed scrimmage. Afterwards, the players will have Sunday off from practice before returning in full pads on Monday morning.

The Vols open the 2007 season Sept. 1 at California.
Kick-off is set for 8:00p edt on ABC.

1,000 TICKETS FOR UT-CALIFORNIA PLACED ON SALE:

Tennessee fans in the mood for a last-minute trip to the West Coast are in luck, at least regarding tickets to a Tennessee football game.

California has placed 1,000 tickets on sale for the Sept. 1 season opener between the Vols and Golden Bears at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. Seating capacity at the historic campus facility is 72,516 and the UT already is looking to have a sizeable contingent in the stands.

Fans can purchase tickets by accessing the Cal athletics Web site at www.calbears.com, or by calling 1-800-462-3277.

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information


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