Vols Get Back To Work, Start Preparing For Southern Miss

September 3, 2007

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says his team needs to get back to basics after a season-opening 45-31 loss to No. 12 California on Saturday.

He says the No. 15 Vols need to tackle better and cut down on mental and fundamental mistakes.

The Tennessee defense allowed Cal to pick up 230 yards on the ground. Defensive lineman Demonte Bolden said the Vols' tackling must improve with a strong-running Southern Miss team coming to town on Saturday.

To help counter Southern Miss' running game, Fulmer said tailback LaMarcus Coker, recently reinstated from a team suspension, is expected to play.

The sophomore led the Vols with 696 rushing yards his freshman year, even though he was sidelined for two games by an injured knee.


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  • by Karen M. Jenkins Location: Maryville, Tennessee on Sep 4, 2007 at 12:37 PM
    Sure, we could all do things better, but the Vols did a terrific job Saturday night against a powerful Cal team. We looked strong and are going to be great this year. Hope fans will be fans and not such harsh critics... Vol players and coaches are people just like us- you get better results with praise than with intense criticism. Remember 1998? We were not expecting so much and got a national title. Good lesson there. We are living in a time when no one school or conference is going to win every game no matter how hard the sports gurus try to convince you otherwise! There are more and more parents investing in their children aat early ages; any school is capable of winning. Tennessee is way ahead of the winning game. So, enjoy the Vols, wear your Orange proudly! Be positive- Coach Fulmer is the best, and he needs our support in coaching the guys! Go Vols! Go WVLT- good job!

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