Sept. 25, 2006
1. After his outstanding game against Marshall, how will LaMarcus Coker fit into the Vols' running back rotation?
A - "We are excited about LaMarcus' progress. As he does better in the fundamentals, he will get more playing time. He will play a lot against Memphis and could even be our starting tailback. If we get Arian Foster healthy and Montario Hardesty keeps coming along, we will have three good tailbacks against Memphis."
2. Tell the factors involved in the Vols' getting stronger as the Marshall game moved into the fourth quarter.
A - "We emphasize it constantly, in meetings and practice. All week the players talked about finishing strong. We did that against Marshall after not doing it so well against the previous two opponents."
3. How will Memphis be affected by head coach Tommy West's decision to take over the Tigers' defense?
A - "Tommy is a very good coach. I knew him as a player, and he was on our staff. He'll have them ready to go. Memphis playing Tennessee is always a big game."
4. Comment on the opportunity to play before West Tennessee fans as the Vols take on Memphis on the road Saturday.
A - "We have great fans all over the state, including West Tennessee, where we don't get to as often as some other places. But we look forward to seeing plenty of orange fill that stadium Saturday morning."
5. Describe the Memphis offense that will be testing the Vols' defense Saturday at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
A - "They are a very diverse offense. They do a really good job of spreading the field and throwing the football. They make you defend the field. It would be described as spread offense package. They have good athletes in space. And sometimes that is hard to handle."
UT LIFTS JOHNSON'S SUSPENSION
"Marsalous has been returned to playing status after fulfilling his four-game suspension," Fulmer said. "While the suspension has been hard on our team, we needed to make a point to Marsalous and the rest of the team that we expect them to conduct themselves at a high standard and be good representatives of our great university."