Kiffin turns focus from opener to UCLA

After leading his team to one of the most impressive season openers at the University of Tennessee in some time, Lane Kiffin was focused Monday on putting the Vols last game out of mind and out of sight. A new challenge for Kiffin and staff is coming to Knoxville in the form of the UCLA Bruins. Go "Inside" to see what Kiffin had to say about game two of his career at Rocky Top.

After leading his team to one of the most impressive season openers at the University of Tennessee in some time, Lane Kiffin was focused Monday on putting the Vols last game out of mind and out of sight.

Kiffin and the Volunteers will host UCLA this Saturday, while many Vol fans may think of this week's game as a revenge battle, the first year UT coach doesn't see it that way.

"We weren't here last year, we aren't approaching it as a revenge game," Kiffin said. "We have an entire new staff here; we are a totally different ball club."

Tennessee took to the practice field for a short practice Monday earlier due to the holiday with one thing on their minds.

"It's good to get back out there and get moving on to our next game," Kiffin said. "We have to put the WKU game behind us. We have been telling our players the last game doesn't matter anymore. We have to get ready for a team that played really well this past weekend, and that's UCLA."

Kiffin admits his young ballclub will face a big challenge from their Pac 10 opponent.

"We are going to have our hands full,' Kiffin said. "We are going to face a team that played really well against San Diego State. They are better defensively; they have two really good ends that will test us."

The Kiffin era got underway in great fashion this past Saturday with the Volunteers looking impressive against newly D1 member Western Kentucky 63-7. The Vols new head coach down played that win.

"We have the 24 hour rule, we have to put that game away and turn all our focus to the next team," Kiffin said. "I'm proud of how we played in the opener, but that's in the past. We have to focus on the future."

Wide out Gerald Jones was seen running some during practice; Kiffin said he might be ready for Saturday's contest.

"He is working hard, we may get him back for the UCLA game, right now we aren't sure," Kiffin said. "It would be great to get him back. He was one of our most productive receivers prior to his injury."

UCLA defeated Tennessee in Pasadena in last year's opener by three points in overtime.

"Our players know they have to get better everyday," Kiffin said. "We will work hard this week to have them ready to play."

Kiffin credited UCLA's offensive coordinator Norm Chow for his growth as a coach.

"I sat right beside him in the press box for four years learning a lot from him," Kiffin explained. "He is a great one. We have always had a good relationship."

Kiffin will attempt to pick up a key non conference victory this week before going on the road the following week to start SEC play against Florida.


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