Two-a-day practices aren't suppose to be easy, and that certainly was the case here for the Tennessee Volunteers.
First year head coach Lane Kiffin addressed the media following the second of two practice sessions and admitted that today was by far the toughest day physically for his team.
"Today was an extremely long day," Kiffin said. "It was tough an grueling, but this is good for our guys to go through. Two a days are suppose to be easy, I was proud of how they handled it."
Kiffin admitted his troops got a little slow start his morning but his coaching staff rallied them for a better performance in the evening session.
"Our practices are very tough and physical," Kiffin explained. "To go through two of these type practices the same day is a challenge. The players responded."
When asked if early morning walk throughs helped prepare his team, he explained that you can't stimulate something so physical and challenging."They might be use to getting up early, but that's about all that prepared us for," Kiffin said. "You can't stimulate the type of practices we run here at Tennessee."
Kiffin's approach is to make practice tougher than game day, so the players will respond and be ready for game days.
The defense didn't have a great performance Saturday, something Kiffin thought was corrected on Monday.
"The defense played ok this morning," Kiffin said. "They played extremely well tonight other than the last goal line session. It was good to see the young pups (Bryce Brown and David Oku) to each score there at the end."
Loud music was piped in for the goal line setting to end the second practice.
"We try to prepare our team for every situation," Kiffin said. "We had the music as loud as possible and we still had no penalties during 11 plays offensively. I'm proud of the way they responded at the end. No mental mistakes is critical, we will have to play on the road, we want to prepare them for loud environments."