It's always good to make a first impression.
My impressions of Tennessee Football will be a little different from many, especially since I wasn't here this past fall and the previous years under the old coaching staff.
So we decided to give you two different first impression notebooks from Day 1 of Camp Kiffin.
THERE IS DEFINITELY A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN
Lane Kiffin is running this football program, a young, high energy coach. The loud high energy music pumped into the practice facility while the Vols were warming up and stretching showed thing will be different this season, in many ways.
I asked a few other reporters that has been covering the team a while and I asked if the previous coach ever did that. The looks I got were priceless.
ANOTHER BIG DIFFERENCE KIFFIN BRINGS TO THE PRACTICE FIELD
Not only does he teach high energy and enthusiasm, he brings it to the field. Several times Kiffin out ran all the players including Eric Berry once, going to another drill.
THOSE TWO NEW GUYS CAN TOTE THE ROCK
I'm not sure who was more impressive today, David Oku or Bryce Brown. On one run in the indoor facility, Oku appeared to be stopped by defenders, he put one hand on the ground and appeared to be headed to the turf, he regained his balanced and scored a touchdown.
Brown had a couple of great moves himself and looks like the real deal, but I think I have to go with Oku on having the best overall performance of day 1.
WHO IS GOING TO TAKE THE SNAPS UNDER CENTER
Guys there is no doubt which two quarterbacks have the strongest arm. That would be Nick Stephens and Jonathan Crompton in that order. Nick Lamaison is a definitely a gun slinger and you can tell he has been throwing the ball in the spread formation a lot.
Stephens stood out to me having the strongest arm, but he made some easy things look hard. It's apparent that the coaching staff has changed up his throwing motion, it looks as if it's a work in progress.
Crompton appeared more accurate during day 1, both had sparks of brilliance, but also had not so good things happen. Consistency isn't a word to describe the Vols Qbs today.
COACH O, A CALMER MORE INTENSE TEACHER
After spending three years covering Ole Miss during the Ed Orgeron era, one thing was very apparent today, I can now see why he has the reputation of being one of the best defensive line coaches in the country.
He wasn't yelling as much (don't get me wrong you still could hear him from my new house three miles away), but what impressed me the most was his calm demeanor as he was teaching his pupils the skills of the trade. The defensive line is definitely in good hands.
SEVERAL IMPRESSIVE TEACHERS
Lane Kiffin has said several times he has the best coaching staff in the nation. It appeared that way Tuesday, as I watched each coach work with his group of players individually.
They appear very knowledgeable in the X's and O's , but more importantly came across as great communicators with their players. There was a lot of teaching going on, and appeared the players were soaking it all in.
ATTACKING THE FOOTBALL
I wasn't here last year, so I don't know if this is a big difference from last year, but I was truly impressed how the Vols secondary played the football with a very aggressive, attacking manner.
They were being very physical against the wide outs and they haven't even donned the pads yet.
SPEAKING OF PADS
Who needs them? This will be the most aggressive practice in shorts that you will ever witness. It's all about competing and the fire and energy all the players brought to the field today was nothing less than impressive.
Are they the most talented group of guys, probably not. I don't think they will be out worked much by any opponent.
Does out working mean out scoring? Only time will tell, but I for one was impressed with their efforts on Day 1.