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Before Tennessee's game against LSU, one week after it struggled to do much of anything with efficiency against UAB, quarterback Matt Simms and the rest of the Vols offense weren't in a position to question anything offensive coordinator Jim Chaney threw their way.
The Wishbone? Statue of Liberty? Fumblerooski? Simms was open for anything.
"Whatever to get the job done," he said. "Whatever works, works."
The changes weren't that dramatic against the Tigers, but there were plenty of wrinkles. UT's offense spread the field for a few plays, Simms and tailback Tauren Poole ran the Vols' version of the option - the one where Simms pitches it no matter what - and they even ditched the huddle on one series.
It wasn't the high-flying, spread attack similar to what Hal Mumme used to run at Kentucky, or what Gus Malzahn runs at Auburn now, but it was enough to catch LSU just a little off guard.
"We were excited about it because I feel like it was going to get the defense tired and just hit some holes a little bit," Poole said. "That's what we did against LSU and I think we're going to continue just to thrive on that, move the ball faster and as best as we can."
Center Darin Gooch said the offensive adjustments weren't tough to comprehend. It was just like running a 2-minute drill, only in the middle of the game, he said.
Simms wouldn't divulge whether the no-huddle was back in this week's game plan, or if any other new looks would be flashed Saturday at Georgia.
"It was kind of something that we did well against LSU and something that we wanted to expose in them," he said. "Maybe we'll come back to it in the future, but it's good for us because each week we've kind of done something different on offense and it makes it that much tougher for teams to prepare for us."
Lincoln Logged Down: Coach Derek Dooley said senior kicker Daniel Lincoln would likely miss his second consecutive game Saturday with an injured quadriceps.
True freshman Michael Palardy will handle field goal attempts, extra points and kickoffs "unless something crazy happens," Dooley said.
"If Daniel doesn't come out tomorrow and he's 100 percent, I won't kick him," Dooley said.
Palardy made both of his extra-point attempts and missed his only field-goal attempt against LSU, sailing a 45-yard attempt wide right in the third quarter.
Thomas Update: Left tackle Dallas Thomas is still "day to day" with a nagging ankle injury, Dooley said, and his status likely will be determined close to game time.
"A little younger Fred Sanford today, probably in the 40s," Dooley said, referring to the 1970s TV character who walked with a characteristic limp. "We've got to get him down to the 20s."
Early Risers: Dooley said the Vols had "mental energy issues" when they kicked off early against UAB late last month. To adjust, he's taking advantage of UT's fall break and moving today's practice to the same time as Saturday's 12:21 p.m. kickoff.
UT typically begins its Thursday practice at 4 p.m.
"With the early kick, we didn't sustain it very well the first time," Dooley said. "It will give us good recovery, more recovery up until kickoff so hopefully that will help us out too. Little more meeting time, too."
Dooley said he wouldn't adjust the time of UT's Friday walk-through, which is typically held in the morning on road weekends.
The Weatherman: Wide receiver Gerald Jones has a newfound talent these days, one that came as a result of metal screws being inserted into his hand to repair a broken bone.
He can accurately predict the weather.
"When it gets cold or when it gets rainy, you can start telling when it's coming," he said. "My grandma ... her arthritis would start hurting and she'd tell you it was about to rain, and it would every time."
Asked to predict the weekend's weather at Georgia, Jones laughed.
"Cold," he said.
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