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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