Derek Dooley expected it to be different in the SEC, a league he grew up as a youngster watching games. He perhaps never expected it to be that much different than his experiences at Louisiana Tech, his first head coaching job, think again.
Dooley admitted Sunday in his weekly evening teleconference that this has definitely been a season of first for him.
"First time I have ever got a guy in blue jean get a penalty," Dooley said "This has been a season of first for me, that's for sure."
Tennessee Athletic officials from the Media Relations office later in the call cleared up the question stating it was a side line penalty and it wouldn't affect Martin eligibility.
Another first is dealing with a quiet quarterback in the huddle. It was said last night that true freshman Tyler Bray needed to be louder in the huddle.
"Yeah I have been aware of it for some time now," Dooley explained. "He is calm, cool and collected, but part of that is his quiet demeanor. He has to be more authoritative in the huddle, that's a growing process and he is getting better."
In fact Dooley spoke of Bray's performance and the question in regards to the quarterback competition.
"I thought he did well after a slow start," Dooley said. "He wasn't himself early on, but got better. Some of it was on us, calling some low percentage passes. He wasn't as bad I as made it sound last night in the press conference."
Will there continue to be a quarterback rotation?
"It's too early to tell right now," Dooley said. "We will look at this week and determine that later on."
One bright spot was the play of former baseball player Brent Brewer. Brewer, who joined the team this summer after playing minor league baseball, saw his first major action against the Crimson Tide.
"He was very physical and very active," Dooley said. "That's all we can ask from him at this point, he being physical really helped out in the running game. He made a few mistakes but overall played well."
While Dooley hates losing, he admitted that he is learning a lot as the head coach at Tennessee.
"Each week it gets harder and harder not to get frustrated," Dooley said. "We have to be more consistency on our execution. It starts with better coaching on our part and our players gaining more experience."