Vols Looking to Reduce Turnovers Against Georgia

Oct. 7, 2009

Wednesday's practice is sometimes called "No Turnover Wednesday" by the offensive players at Tennessee, and head coach Lane Kiffin said he thought practice went well in those regards. Kiffin added that turnovers could play a role in the outcome Saturday against Georgia.

"We took care of the ball really well on offense, which is going to be very important in this game," Kiffin said. "Georgia is a team that has struggled like we have in the turnover margin, and we need to take advantage of that and get back on track that way."

Georgia has lost seven fumbles and thrown six interceptions through five games this season and has a turnover margin of minus-9, which is ranked 115th nationally. The Vols have a turnover margin of minus-4 and did not force a turnover last week against Auburn.

Kickoff for Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium is 12:21 p.m. Eastern Time and will be aired on the SEC Network.

Kiffin said extra time was allotted in practice Wednesday for the quarterbacks to work with the receivers.

"I thought our quarterbacks did very well today, taking care of the ball in the passing game," Kiffin said. "They had a very good third down and red zone period, which was good to see."

In an injury update, Kiffin said senior offensive guard Vladimir Richard was still injured and has not yet returned to practice. He also said true freshman Greg King injured himself during weight lifting Tuesday and was unable to practice Wednesday, adding that Richard's and King's availability would likely be game-time decisions Saturday.

DALLAS -- Tennessee center Cody Sullins has been named by the National Football Foundation one of 54 Football Bowl Subdivision semifinalists for the 2009 William V. Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy). The award is often considered the "Academic Heisman."



A three-time Academic All-SEC selection from Cottontown in Middle Tennessee, Sullins has started all five games this season at center, including the last two alongside his twin brother, Cory. The former walkon earned a scholarship last year and has vaulted himself into the starting lineup as a leader along the offensive front.

The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, twice has gone to Tennessee football student-athletes: Peyton Manning in 1997 and Michael Munoz in 2004.

A Knoxville memorial service for Jesse Mahelona is scheduled for Sunday at Faith Promise Church beginning at 7 p.m.

Mahelona was killed in a Sept. 5 automobile accident in his native town of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 26. Family, friends and fans attending the service are asked to bring a letter explaining the impact Jesse made on their lives. Those letters will be bound together and sent to Mahelona's family in Hawaii.

Mahelona played two seasons of football at Tennessee after transferring from Orange Cost College in California. He was named Sporting News All-America and All-SEC after the Volunteers' 2004 campaign. Mahelona had a brief NFL career that included stops with the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesse Mahelona Trust. All proceeds from the trust will be directed to Mahelona's wife, Brandee Kukita-Mahelona, who is pregnant with the couple's second child, and his 19-month-old daughter, Karter.

For more information and for contact information, visit www.jessestrust.com.



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