Lane Kiffin has asked his players to work hard and to give him everything they got.
That was the message Kiffin and his staff issued to all the Tennessee Football players once he arrived in Knoxville.
New changes were going to take place at Rocky Top and all the players needed to buy in and believe in what this coaching staff was saying.
Kiffin also issued the warning in the spring and followed up with it throughout the summer and fall. "No starting job is safe." We are about competing every day, at every practice.
No one bought into what the new coaching staff perhaps better than senior offensive lineman Chris Scott.
Scott, who the coaching staff felt was overweight, dropped over thirty pounds since the spring in his efforts to improve his game and to impress the new coaching staff in the process.
Scott is living proof that hard work pays off.
He was named as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the week for his performance against Western Kentucky. He finished the game, giving up no sacks and having six pancake blocks against the Hilltoppers.
More importantly, he received high praise from his new head coach.
"I thought he was phenomenal," Kiffin told the media after practice Monday. "I thought he played great. He is a totally different player than he was in the spring. Talking about a player that truly bought into what we are doing as a staff. His commitment to his weight loss shows how much he believes in what we are doing."
Scott was caught a little off guard when he was told of receiving the SEC honor.
"It's a nice honor," Scott said. "It might help with my confidence a little, but I still have 11 more games to win."
When asked to self evaluate his performance, Scott was very humble in his response.
"I thought I did a lot of things well," Scott said. "There were a whole lot more things I could have done better. I promise you that Coach (James) Cregg won't let me get complacent."
Scott was asked if Saturday's game was perhaps his best performance as a Tennessee Volunteer.
"It may have been," Scott admitted. "This coaching staff brings so much energy and enthusiasm to this team. We all play with it. We want to play with it; it's taking us to a new higher level of play."