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Dec. 13, 2009
The Tennessee football team worked out for about 90 minutes Sunday morning before breaking so that players could attend commencement ceremonies at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Vladimir Richard, Bram Cannon, Montario Hardesty, Chris Scott, Daniel Lincoln and Jarrod Shaw earned their degrees during the fall semester, and several more Vols participated in graduation after meeting the requirements either in the spring or summer.
The Vols spent the majority of practice in position groups or doing situation work. The workout concluded with both the first and second strings working extensively in the two-minute offense.
Players will have weightlifting and conditioning during the next four days before returning to practice Friday.
"They will lift and run throughout the week," UT head coach Lane Kiffin said. "When we get back on Friday, that will be our normal Tuesday practice. We'll start our preparation with first and second downs."
Kiffin plans on taking the Vols through a regular game week in Knoxville, then repeating the process in Atlanta in the days leading up to the Chick-fil-A bowl against Virginia Tech on Dec. 31 (7:30 p.m. Eastern time, Vol Network and ESPN).
"I'm looking forward to getting into game-week preparation and getting our guys back in rhythm and our coaches in rhythm,"?Kiffin said. "When we come back Friday, it will be time to turn to Virginia Tech and get ready to play."
The Vols practice in Knoxville through Dec. 22 before taking a break for the holidays. The team meets in Atlanta on Christmas afternoon and begins practice on the 26th. Practices in Atlanta will be open to the public.
Berry Named to Third All-America Team
Tennessee junior safety Eric Berry was named All-America by the Football Writers Association of America on Saturday. Berry thus far has found his name on three All-America lists (also Walter Camp and AFCA) this postseason with several more yet teams to be announced.
The Fairburn, Ga., native won the Jim Thorpe Award presented to the nation's top defensive back earlier in the week and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. He also may become the winner of the Lott Trophy, which is being announced later Sunday night.
Berry finished the regular season second on the team and second among SEC?defensive backs with 83 total tackles. He posted two interceptions and returned two fumbles for 48 yards.