Vols continue to learn while working hard

Getting to know your players and where they best fit into your plans is something that every new football coach in the country is doing at this point in time. New Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin is no different. Kiffin led his troops for another three hour practice here Wednesday. Go inside to find out the positives and what concerns were apparent after the workout.

Getting to know your players and where they best fit into your plans is something that every new football coach in the country is doing at this point in time.

New Tennessee Head Coach Lane Kiffin is no different.

Kiffin addressed the media after the Volunteers second practice of the fall camp season, praising several of the new guys and voicing concern over being consistent at key positions.

"We have another good day of work today," Kiffin said. "The guys are giving a lot of effort and a lot of energy in everything they are doing. We have put so much on them in the last couple of days and they have responded well."

Kiffin admitted that there were bright spots and some not so positive things about the last couple of days. He is in the process of trying to find a quarterback who will earn the starting role against Western Kentucky.

"That's common with quarterbacks unless you're a great one," Kiffin said in regards to consistency. "They make some good plays and some negative ones, we have to eliminate the negative ones. We have to learn to get better each day and become more consistent in the process."

Several key freshmen have stepped up, including two running backs David Oku and Bryce Brown and wide receiver Marseilles Teague.

"David and Bryce have done a tremendous job picking up everything," Kiffin said. "Marseilles also has done a good job so far, they all three add something to our offense."

Kiffin and his staff put their troops through another three hour practice, beginning near 3:00 p.m.

Attitudes and work ethic that has pleased the new head man.

"Everyone has been great," Kiffin said. "They are doing everything that we have asked of them. Their effort and energy has been good."

One task that faces the coaching staff is finding the right position for several talented athletes.

"We have several guys that can play safety and several that can help us in other positions," Kiffin explained. "What we have to do is find the best spot for each player that puts us in the best position to be successful. That's the fun part of fall camp."

After two days of working out in shorts, the Volunteers will add shoulder pads to Thursday's practice. The first day of full pads will be Saturday and the players will attend Media Day on Sunday.


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