Kiffin expects team to be better than normal

It doesn't matter that this is Lane Kiffin's first year at Tennessee. It's evident that the new coach has high expectations for his team and he wants to win now. Even though the Vols are a day ahead of schedule, Kiffin wants more from his team. Go "Inside" this practice report for the latest on the Vols.

It doesn't matter that this is Lane Kiffin's first year at Tennessee.

It's evident that the new coach has high expectations for his team and he wants to win now.

Kiffin led his troops through their first Wednesday game day practice here today, and it was evident, that the new coach wasn't satisfied with the Vol's mental effort.

"We are still learning what is expected from everyone on a game week," Kiffin admitted. "We expect a lot from them. I didn't think we were as sharp as I would have liked today. We have another day to get better in that area."

Kiffin will be the first to admit his attention to detail and expectations may be different than most.

"I think they practice liked normal teams do, that's not what we do if we are going to be a championship team," Kiffin told his team. "It's extremely important that understand our detail and our focus that we want on a regular Thursday practice. We have Thursdays so pinpointed that we know what's coming."

One would think from Kiffin's demeanor that he was playing Florida this week instead of Western Kentucky.

"This week is very important for us to get the little things right," Kiffin said. "From the pregame stuff to game day stuff, we want to be perfect in everything we do."

Today's practice was light work, a plan that Kiffin and his staff came up with over a month ago to insure that the team was getting their legs back.

How does wide receiver Marsalis Teague feel going into Saturday's game against the Hilltoppers.

"We are definitely getting our legs back," Teague said. "I feel great, and most of the team is getting their bounce back. We are just excited and ready for Saturday."

Fellow true freshman Mike Edwards agrees with Teague.

"I can't wait to get out there," Edwards said. "We are ready to go. It's exciting, I feel we are ready."

Tennessee kicks off the Kiffin era this Saturday at 12:21 p.m. against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.


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