Vols Stage Light Work Out On First Day Of Classes; Cottam's Injury Offers Opportunity

“This was a mental day, not so physical for us,” Fulmer stated after the 45-minute walk-through inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. “It lets them get their legs back.”

The Vols worked on kicking situations, sideline and timeout management, and substitutions before correcting a few mistakes from Tuesday’s scrimmage.

“It was a good day for us and we should feel good about getting ready for Cal starting Thursday,” Fulmer said.

The Vols coach talked about the loss of tight end Brad Cottam, expected to miss 2-3 months with a wrist injury suffered Tuesday.

“That’s a tough loss for us,” Fulmer said. “And it’s really tough for him, being a senior and a guy who had really come a long way. But that’s part of football. It’s a very physical game and everyday you read about somebody who gets injured and that gives somebody else an opportunity to step up.”

Fulmer mentioned senior Chris Brown’s leadership as key, but also said the chance is there for both Jeff Cottam and Luke Stocker to play roles.

“(Jeff) gives us a real physical presence as well as a big guy that can catch the ball. And probably the most improved guy has been Luke Stocker. He’s just had a heck of a fall camp.”

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FORMER VOLS GALBREATH, SIMON JOIN UT STRENGTH STAFF:

Tennessee head strength and conditioning coach Johnny Long has added a pair of celebrated former Vols to his staff.

Harry Galbreath, an All-America offensive lineman for the Vols during his 1984-87 playing career, is the newest associate strength and conditioning coach. He replaces Roderick Moore, who recently was named head strength coach at Florida International.

And Kevin Simon, who twice made the All-SEC second team at linebacker, joins UT as a strength and conditioning graduate assistant in place of Raasaan Haralson, who moved to the defensive coaching staff earlier this month.

“Being able to bring these guys back into the program is special,” Long said. “These are guys who paid their dues here for the university and I’m happy just to give them a chance to work with these young players and bring their expertise to the table.”

Galbreath, 42, comes to Tennessee after three separate stints as offensive line coach -- Austin Peay (1998-99), Tennessee State (2000-04) and Hampton (2005-06). The Clarksville native played nine seasons in the NFL with the Dolphins, Packers and Jets after his UT career. In addition to his All-America and SEC Jacobs Trophy accolades, Galbreath was selected as a member of Tennessee’s 100-Year All-Time Team in 1991.

“I’m pretty excited,” Galbreath said. “I’m happy to be back home and Johnny has been very supportive. I’m just trying to get acclimated to the team and I’m ready to do what I can to help the team out.”

Simon, 24, returns to the place where he compiled 234 career tackles despite playing just two full seasons, 2003 and 2005, because of injuries. Both of those years saw the Walnut Creek, Calif. native earn second-team All-SEC honors as the leading Vol tackler, and now Simon states he is ready to begin a new chapter in his life while pursuing his sports psychology graduate degree.

“This is just a best-case scenario, a dream job for me,” Simon said. “There’s no trial about it; this is what I want to do and it’s been nice to learn from the cream of the crop in Coach Fulmer, Coach Chavis and Coach Cutcliffe. I’m all in and learning as much as I can.”

Long added that Moore’s recent hiring at FIU makes it 36 former Tennessee strength and conditioning coaches that have accepted head positions since Long and John Stucky took over at UT 13 years ago.

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HEFNEY NAMED TO 2007 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST:

New Haven, Conn. – The Walter Camp Football Foundation included Tennessee safety Jonathan Hefney among 35 “players to watch” for its prestigious Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.
“We are proud to continue the great work of Walter Camp and recognize the best college football players in the nation,” Foundation president John Barbarotta said. “This watch list is a great start to what is shaping up to be another exciting year of college football.”

The watch list will be narrowed to ten semi-finalists in early November.

The 2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 119 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced on the ESPN/Home Depot College Football Awards Show in December. The winner then receives his trophy at the Foundation’s annual national awards banquet Jan. 12 at the Yale University Commons in New Haven.

Last year’s recipient was Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List -- Anthony Alridge, Houston, RB; Travis Beckum#, Wisconsin, TE; Earl Bennett#, Vanderbilt, WR; Yvenson Bernard, Oregon State, RB; Tommy Blake, Texas Christian, DL; John David Booty, Southern California, QB; Colt Brennan#, Hawaii, QB; Jasper Brinkley, South Carolina, LB; Brian Brohm, Louisville, QB; Dan Connor, Penn State, LB; Chase Daniel, Missouri, QB; James Davis, Clemson, RB; Jarett Dillard#, Rice, WR; Glenn Dorsey, LSU, DL; Michael Hart#, Michigan, RB; Omar Haugabook, Troy, QB; JONATHAN HEFNEY, TENNESSEE, DB/KR; P.J. Hill, Wisconsin, RB; Chad Henne, Michigan, QB; DeSean Jackson*, California, WR/KR; Lawrence Jackson, Southern California, DE; Tyson Jackson, LSU, DL; Ian Johnson, Boise State, RB; James Laurinaitis*, Ohio State, LB; Nate Longshore, California, QB; Mario Manningham, Michigan, WR; Colt McCoy, Texas, QB; Darren McFadden*, Arkansas, RB; Kalvin McRae, Ohio, RB; Matt Ryan, Boston College, QB; Ray Rice#, Rutgers, RB; Steve Slaton*, West Virginia, RB; C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB; Tyrell Sutton, Northwestern, RB; Limas Sweed, Texas, WR; Aquib Talib, Kansas, DB; Pat White, West Virginia, QB. * -- 2006 Walter Camp First Team All-American; # -- 2006 Walter Camp Second Team All-America.

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information


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