April 4, 2006
It's the final week of spring practice and Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has challenged his 2006 squad -- finish with a purpose.
"We started the off-season program with intensity, focus and purpose and we started spring practice with intensity, focus and purpose,. Fulmer said. "These are three important days for us. I want us to finish this week with the same kind of intensity, the same kind of focus and the same kind of purpose."
The Vols practiced for two hours Tuesday at Haslam Field, their next-to-last workout prior to Saturday's EdAmerica Orange and White Game. Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 2 p.m. Eastern time.
"All the positions are not where we need them to be yet and, certainly, getting some of the injured guys back will help us," Fulmer said. "But I like the way our guys go about their business on both sides."
Fulmer said fundamentals remain a priority, especially on offense.
"If we just do the things we're supposed to do. If we throw it and catch it, make the easy catches and make the 3- and 4-yard runs -- the other plays will happen. A good athlete will break a tackle or make a catch, or we'll get a punt return or block a punt -- we had one of the best punt-block drills today since I've been here.
"But we're not being consistent. We're stopping ourselves. When we work and get consistent, we'll have a chance offensively to be the kind of team we want to be."
Fulmer closed practice by reminding team members to appreciate what they have as Division I-A football players and to represent the university well in their daily lives.
"You look around the country and young people are making mistakes, putting their careers at risk along with their good family names. We talked long and hard about representing the university well and being proud of the opportunities they have."
Tennessee practices again Thursday afternoon.