Vol’s focused on basics for Sugar Bowl

Tennessee focused on fundamentals Friday, sandwiching a Haslam Field workout between what will be a pair of scrimmage days. The Vols worked for just under two hours and appear set for another afternoon of live action Saturday.
“We had a great 20-minute session on fundamentals, particularly with the secondary,” head coach Phillip Fulmer said. “We just worked the heck out of our tackling and a couple of coverage drills that really helped us.”
“The kids did a lot better today and, hopefully, we can build on that. We’ve still got some guys who are sick with the flu and we can’t quite put it all together just yet.”Fulmer said the Vols accomplished what they set out to do in Thursday’s scrimmage.
“We had some full-speed work and a lot of good plays with those young ones,” Fulmer said. “That can’t do anything but help us.”Saturday afternoon’s schedule includes another round of scrimmaging, with the focus squarely on Texas A&M. The Vols and Aggies meet Jan. 1 at the SBC Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
“We’ve been geared toward Texas A&M, but the first 30 minutes are pretty much fundamental things,” Fulmer said. “And when we’ve not been taking off recruiting, we’ve been keeping the young ones after practice.”
The Vols conclude the Knoxville portion of their bowl practice schedule Monday. After the holiday break, UT reconvenes in Dallas Christmas night and takes the practice field Dec. 26.

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