Sept. 2, 2009
The Tennessee football team practiced in helmets and shorts Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's season opener at Neyland Stadium against Western Kentucky. The practice was designed much like a typical Thursday session in which all elements of practice are directed toward the weekend's matchup.
Head coach Lane Kiffin said practice on Thursday will be very similar to Wednesday's practice.
"It's very important for our guys to understand what Thursday is," Kiffin said. "It's not a time to prepare - it's a time that we should be so focused and know our game plan so well that we don't have to repeat anything. We didn't quite understand that today, so luckily we have another day to do that."
Kiffin said players are continuing to return to the lineup, adding that all the regular defensive players were back on the field. Offensive players are also on the mend as the Vols are less than three days from opening kickoff.
A place that continues to be a source of depth for the Vols is the secondary, where many players are vying for playing time behind returning All-America Eric Berry. Kiffin said that all will have on opportunity to get on the field Saturday and throughout the season.
"It's good to continue to have competition as we go because it's a long season and who knows what kind of injuries we might have," Kiffin said.
"We have a very good problem in the secondary. We limited some of Eric's reps today, so Janzen (Jackson) got to play a ton, which was great to see. We're excited about Janzen and a lot of players in the secondary."