Practice No. 10 is in the books for the University of Tennessee, mother nature attempted to interrupt it but failed as the Volunteers moved the evening practice indoors.
Junior quarterback Nick Stephens, who was visibly upset with his performance this morning, promised to have his best practice of the fall. He must have made that pledge for the entire offense.
Tennessee's offense showed up for the evening session and turned in a solid performance, earning praise from first year head coach Lane Kiffin.
"I thought our guys played extremely well this evening," Kiffin told the large group of media. "I thought the quarterbacks both threw the ball well and both were really good tonight. We thrower a number of touchdowns in the red zone and had a lot of success."
Senior Jonathan Crompton also turned in a solid performance and remained the signal caller to beat out for the starting nod.
"I think the completion percentages for both quarterbacks were probably really high tonight," Kiffin said. "I think it's a combination of things for their success tonight. I think the offense as a whole is playing with a lot more confidence."
The defense had some highlights of their own.
Freshman linebacker Jarrod Askew made two bone jarring hits across the middle on running backs and freshman defensive back Eric Gordon made his second interception of the day. One in the morning session and an outstanding break on the ball this evening, giving him his second on the day.
"That one this evening from Eric was an outstanding play," Kiffin noted. "He is playing really well for us right now. Jarrod had a couple of great hits as well."
MR. EVERYTHING ON OFFENSE
True freshman Nu'Keese Richardson is showing coaches, fellow teammates and Vol fans he can do almost anything asked of him.
He has made many plays from his wide receiver position, he is also taking snaps in the Wild Vol formation. Tonight he took a reverse, pulled up and threw a long touchdown strike to fellow freshman Marsalis Teague.
TEAM SEARCHING FOR IDENTY
When asked if there were too many injuries, Kiffin admitted that the numbers were a little heavy but it was vital for the new coaching staff to learn more about what his team can handle. "If we back off now because of injuries, we won't find the answers we are looking for as a team. You have to push through these injuries and find and establish our identity as a team."
MOTHER NATURE SEND VOLS INDOORS
Kiffin noted there wasn't a lot of difference from playing indoors or outdoors as far as amount of work the Volunteers are able to accomplish.
OFFENSIVE MVP WEDNESDAY With the young pups nipping at his heals, Montario Hardesty has turned in his best two performances of the fall camp. He broke several touchdown runs in the morning and the evening sessions. He is by far having his best fall camp of his career. Don't count out this young man. He is appears to be in the best physical shape of his life, he seems to be thriving under the coaching of veteran running back coach Eddie Gran.