Tennessee began it's official two a day practices Monday morning, after five days of one of day practices last week.
Lane Kiffin ran his team through their regular paces, focusing on fundamentals and a lot of drill work in the two and a half hour practice in shorts and shoulder pads.
Kiffin has stated from day one that this fall camp was going to be about competing everyday at the highest level.
That competition appears to be taken to the next level by the coaching staff.
"Each coach competes at the high level to make sure their position is the best one on our team," Kiffin said in a previous interview. "Our players and our coaches want to be the very best out there. Everything about our program is to compete and to improve each day."
This was obvious after watching the defensive line drills for about 45 minutes. Veteran defensive line coach Ed Orgeron ran his troops through their paces with little time for rest.
"We are all getting in great physical condition," said defensive lineman Gerald Williams. "Coach O is all about getting us better in everything we do. We want to be the very best we can be, we aren't there yet, but we are going to get there."
MONDAY MORNING PRACTICE HOTTEST OF THEM ALL
One would think that starting practice at 8:45 a.m. that it would be cooler to practice, it got hotter faster than expected. Today's practice appeared to be one of the hottest practices so far for the Volunteers. The players appear to be in good shape, approaching great shape.
A LITTLE WILD VOL
True freshman Nu"Keese Richardson lineup at the quarterback position Monday morning for a few snaps. Richardson has already proven to be a play maker on offense at his wide receiver position, looks as if Kiffin is finding new ways to get Richardson's hands on the football.
OFFENSIVE LINE CONTINUES TO SHOW IMPROVEMENT
Lane Kiffin called the offensive linemen the most improved group since spring. It's apparent after watching them practice Monday morning some of the factors for their success. Offensive line coach James Cregg and Mitch Browning are both intense coaches but also appears to be great teachers. Taking time to show their players the correct way of doing things.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN PREPARING FOR THE CUT
No this isn't the NFL where players get cut, but that isn't keeping Coach Orgeron from preparing his defensive linemen from working on not getting cut by offensive linemen. Several minutes went into fending off the cut block. According to a lot of the defensive linemen, Orgeron works on all the little things and is stickler for detail.
PERSONAL TRAINING DOESN"T COST EXTRA
Mike Edwards and Janzen Jackson got some individualize attention Monday morning. In what appeared to be some type of disciplinary action, these two freshmen spent the entire practice working one on one with Aaron Ausmus and other members of the strength and conditioning staff. It's safe to say that Edwards and Janzen wasn't wanting all the extra attention.