Dec. 27, 2009
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ATLANTA - Tennessee concluded the outdoor portion of its Chick-fil-A Bowl preparations Sunday with another two-hour workout at nearby Decatur High School.
The Vols have three scheduled practices - two full sessions and a Wednesday walk-through -remaining before their New Year's Eve matchup against Virginia Tech. And head coach Lane Kiffin says the squad still has quite a bit of work remaining to prepare for 11th-ranked Hokies.
"We're still rusty," Kiffin said. "I would have liked for today to be better and crisper, especially on offense. So we still have a ton of work to do.
Head coach Lane Kiffin, team chaplain Roger Woods and members of the team went to an early morning worship service at the New Birth Missionary Church in Lithonia, Ga. There, the group met with Bishop Eddie Long and others before an hour-long service.
A Stressful Profession
Kiffin said he was saddened to hear of Florida head coach Urban Meyer's announcement that he was stepping down at least on a temporary basis.
"It's a sad deal, reading what his daughter said to him. It's a competitive profession and we wish him the best of luck. I think it's extremely tough, especially with as competitive as it is nowadays, especially in this conference. That's why it's important to have a wife who can really handle all that comes with this job.
"It's tough. He's a great coach and the conference will miss him, as will all of college football."
Kiffin said he perhaps has benefited from growing up in a football family.
"I don't know any different. To me, (this job's pace) seems normal. I think being in the NFL and being around the NFL as a kid and then coaching in it, you work all the time and you really don't know much different."
Kiffin's daily injury update had tailback Bryce Brown still sidelined by a concussion and offensive tackle Aaron Douglas limited as he returns from an ankle injury. Brown performed individual drills on the side and will be re-tested Monday morning, while Douglas is approaching full-speed status.
Following their practice and a brief weightlifting session at Decatur High School, the Vols made an afternoon trip to the Georgia Aquarium.
Tennessee practices at 10:30 a.m. inside the Georgia Dome on Monday. After the workout, head coach Lane Kiffin, quarterback Jonathan Crompton and safety Eric Berry will take part in a 12:30 p.m. press conference while the rest of the team will visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Museum. Monday night, the Vols will join Virginia Tech at the Georgia Power Football Feud at the Marriott Marquis. It is the first Chick-fil-A Bowl function featuring both teams.