Vols Prep for Homecoming Game

KNOXVILLE (UTSports.com) -- The Tennessee football team worked out for a little more than two hours on Wednesday afternoon at Haslam Field, focusing primarily on team drills in preparation for Saturday’s Homecoming game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

After practice, Fulmer told the media that the team was preparing for this game just like any other.

“We've worked hard in our preparation in regards to this week’s opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette,” Fulmer said. “They certainly present some challenges with their different style of execution both offensively and defensively, and they have a good quarterback. However, at every opportunity we have worked on our fundamentals also to keep us sharp in those areas. After this game, we have three straight SEC games, and we need to be prepared in all phases every time we step on the field.”

Fulmer announced that defensive tackle Demonte Bolden and running back LaMarcus Coker will serve a one-game suspension Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette for a violation of team rules. Both Bolden and Coker will continue to practice with the team as members of the scout squad.

The Vols will continue practice on Thursday and Friday before the 4 p.m. contest on Saturday against the Ragin’ Cajuns.


A Big Orange tradition continues during Saturday’s Homecoming activities when 2007 World Grand Champion Tennessee Walking Horse, Master of Jazz, makes his appearance before kickoff at Neyland Stadium.

Trainer for Master of Jazz, who makes at least two circuits around the playing field during pregame ceremonies, is Jimmy McConnell. Owners are Mike McGartland of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lee Wall of Jackson, Miss.


Eric Berry is Tennessee’s CAREacter Star Athlete of the Week ... The Vols freshman sparked two Tennessee scoring drives during Saturday’s 27-24 overtime win against South Carolina ... He returned a fumble 52 yards and intercepted his second career pass and returned it 13 yards -- both plays resulting in UT touchdowns ... In addition, Berry finished with a season-high 12 tackles ... Off the field, Berry is participating in numerous community service events ... He was in on team hospital visits earlier this month and already is one of the more popular Vols in the youth community ... Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Rickey Bustle participated in one of the classic games in Neyland Stadium history as a Clemson wide receiver in the 1974 season ... Bustle contributed three catches for 39 yards as a reserve wide receiver and had a fourth-quarter touchdown catch that built the Tigers lead to 21-13 ... But the Vols and quarterback Condredge Holloway rallied for two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions, the final two points coming on a completion to Larry Seivers in the back of the end zone with 1:31 remaining for a dramatic 29-28 victory ... The UT ticket office announced a limited number of tickets for Tennessee’s Nov. 10 home game against Arkansas ... Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m., with upper chairback seats available for $53 and bleacher seating for $50 ... Access UTSports.com for ticket purchases or information, or call either 656-1200 (Knoxville area) or 800-332-VOLS.


Robert E. White, an ardent supporter of the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee athletics program, died Friday. A resident of Lighthouse Point, Fla., he was 72.

A UT alumnus and prominent Chattanooga businessman, White donated $1 million to support five UT athletics scholarships on an annual basis and also help finance construction of the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. The indoor practice field at the sports center, which opened in 1989, is named in recognition of White’s donation. It was one of the first such gifts in UT athletics department history.

White was a 1957 graduate of the UT College of Business. He is survived by his wife, Susan, sons Robert E. II, Robert E. III and John Darris, and daughters Debbie Samples and Jennifer. He had nine grandchildren.

Memorial services are Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Deerfield Beach, Fla., 6th Avenue and 10th Street. Internment is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Chattanooga, with Wann Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.