Fulmer was so disturbed by the lack of intensity that he restarted two periods, stretching the workout beyond two hours. Fortunately, the Vols redeemed themselves somewhat by the end of the practice.
"We had to start a couple of periods over, which you don't like to do," Fulmer said. "The good part about that is that they picked up the tempo at the end. They tried to finish strong, and that was good."
Perhaps the Vols were trying to preserve some energy for the afternoon workout. Today, after all, is the first of two-a-day practices, and Tennessee's players will be hitting the practice field again this afternoon. Whatever the reason, Fulmer found this morning's lapse in effort inexcusable.
"You have 70 plays or so in a game," he noted. "If you play 68 really good and two not so good, you've got a chance to get beat against a really good team. That's what I want them to understand. We've got to play every play as hard as we can and as well as we can, regardless of whether we're sore, banged up, hot or whatever."