Tennessee vs. LSU
SEC Championship Game
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.
CBS (8 p.m./Eastern)
1. In what ways
are Tennessee and LSU different from the two teams that played at Neyland
Stadium earlier in the season?
A - "I think both teams have improved since then. From our
standpoint Casey Clausen has come a long way at quarterback. Donte Stallworth
is back in the mix at wide receiver. We should be a much healthier footballl
team. LSU is a team that has continued to pile up the points and yards
on offense, and they've had the emergence of Michael Clayton at wide receiver.
Even though he's a freshman, Clayton is a phenom. Defensively, LSU has
added some packages and is doing more things than back in September."
2. Will the fact
LSU and Tennessee played earlier in the season affect the motivation for
either team in Saturday's rematch in Atlanta?
A - "I don't think so. Both teams know they're playing for the
SEC championship. The motivation will be high on both sides. It comes
down to who will have success in making the winning plays."
3. How big a factor
in motivation will be the Vols' knowledge that a victory will likely put
them in the Rose Bowl for the national championship?
A - "First and foremost, we wanted to be in position to win the
SEC championship. That's our total focus. That's what we're going to be
talking about and what we will be practicing for."
4. Sum up the capabilities
of the LSU Tigers offense the Vols will face Saturday night in Atlanta.
A - "They are an incredible offensive football team. They can
run it with LaBrandonToefield. In the passing game, Rohan Davey isn't
just a dropback guy. He can move around and create problems. Josh Reed
is the leading receiver in the SEC. Michael Clayton helps as a pass-receiving
threat. The tight end is very good. The line is solid . LSU puts tremendous
pressure on a defensive football team."
5. Was getting
everybody's mind on the SEC championship game difficult after the exciting
victory over Florida last week?
A - "No. After the Florida game our kids were talking about the
right things. The important thing wasn't just to win at Florida but how
we used the victory. We know we have to take advantage of this opportunity
to play for the SEC championship. Our focus is strictly on the LSU team
and our chance to win an SEC title."