With a year of coaching on Rocky Top under his belt, it’s been a smooth spring season so far in the world of Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop.
“It’s like everything you do a second time—your experience is the greatest teacher," Shoop said. "I’m not looking around trying to figure out, ‘Am I in the right spot, are we doing the right drill? Is this how coach (Butch Jones) wants things done?’ I kind of have an understanding of it.”
The second-year coordinator’s step-up from last spring to 2017, especially in terms of communication, already stands out to players like Tennessee linebacker Cortez McDowell, who experienced the coach’s first spring as a Vol in 2016.
“I know a big difference." McDowell said. "I mean his method, the way he’s communicating with us and how he’s coaching us is a lot different. It’s a lot more teaching—a lot more open communication between us and him, and the other coaches in the room when we have our meetings and stuff. And just seeing how everybody else on the field will see a situation on the field, so we can work it out or communicate it the best way we can.
“He’s way more comfortable than he was his first year here.”
Watch the video above to hear more from Shoop about his personal development from last year to this year, players that stand out to him so far this spring and the strengths of first year coaches Brady Hoke and Charlton Warren.
To hear more from Cortez McDowell, click the video below.