Dooley expects better practices from Vols offense

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Coach Derek Dooley has told the Volunteers offense it needs to practice much better this week for Tennessee to beat Kentucky.

Dooley had a feeling the Vols (5-6, 2-5 Southeastern Conference) would stumble offensively as they did against Vanderbilt because they weren't fully focused while preparing for the Commodores last week.

Vanderbilt is statistically among the worst defenses in the SEC, but Tennessee had two three-and-outs and had to punt five times against the Commodores. The Vols didn't clinch the 24-10 win until a fourth-down, 28-yard touchdown run by Tauren Poole with 1:22 left in the game.

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips doesn't put too much weight into the Vols' struggles against Vanderbilt since they're still averaging 436.6 yards and 42 points in the past three games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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