Fulmer says this is big week for Vols

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer says this is a very important week for the Vols because of missing players.

The Vols are in Tampa preparing for their Outback Bowl game Jan. 1 against Wisconsin.

Three starters are ineligible to play in the bowl because of academics---wide receiver Lucas Taylor, linebacker Rico McCoy and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden.

The team had a two-hour workout Wednesday in full pads.

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