Kiffin wants better effort on Wednesdays

Lane Kiffin isn't easy to satisfy. He has a vision and plan on making his Tennessee Volunteers a championship type ball club. He knows that takes hard work and never settling for half effort. That was evident after Wednesday's practice. Go "Inside" to get Kiffin's thoughts on his team's effort and his focus for getting ready for UCLA.

Lane Kiffin isn't easy to satisfy.

He has a vision and plan on making his Tennessee Volunteers a championship type ball club. He knows that takes hard work and never settling for half effort.

After opening the season this past Saturday against a lesser known Western Kentucky team, Kiffin is focused on one thing, having the Vols playing at their best going into Saturday's match up with UCLA. This was evident after Wednesday's practice.

"We had a good physical long practice today," Kiffin said. "I thought we were ok today, very similar to how we were this time last week. We have to learn to be better on Wednesdays."

The team practiced in shorts and shoulder pads for nearly three hours, concentrating on third down situational work.

"We have a lot of work to do," Kiffin said. "Thursday will be very critical for us to have a great Thursday like we did last week. Last Thursday was great and I think it had a lot to do with how we played against Western Kentucky."

It's no secret that Kiffin is very detailed oriented and very demanding on his team to do the little things right.

"We will have to come focused tomorrow and hone in on our game plan," Kiffin said. "This is a good UCLA ballclub, we have to be ready."

Kiffin was first to admit that the Volunteers opening victory has given his squad a little confidence.

"I think they are very confident," Kiffin said. "It's our job to make sure they aren't over confident. They feel very good about themselves. It's very important that we make sure we are doing all the little things right."

WILLIAMS WORKING HARD

Kiffin said today he thought the competition with Dan Williams and Montario Hughes was instrumental to Dan starting this past week. "Dan played well in the game and he had his best week of practice last week. The competition has pushed him to the next level."

MCNEIL MAY RETURN SOONER THAN EXPECTED

Senior Josh McNeil is trying to find his way back out on the football field earlier than expected. The no quit attitude of McNeil is showing, and he is making a faster than expected recovery. According to Kiffin, it will depend how sore he is after his work today.

JONES IS HOPING TO PLAY

The training staff is still monitoring Gerald Jones; there is a good chance he will be ready to go. "We are hoping so," Kiffin said. "Jones won't need much practice, we will just have to wait and see."

RICHARD DIDN"T PRACTICE

Vlad Richard was seen wearing a boot for his Achilles injury. It's unsure if he will be able to play Saturday.


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