What a big difference a day can make in college football.
On Wednesday during his spring football press conference new Vols Head Coach Derek Dooley was asked about the possibility of true freshman running back Bryce Brown being unhappy and thinking about transferring.
"I have spoken to Bryce on several occasions and he has never mentioned to me about being unhappy here," Dooley told the media Wednesday. "He has never mentioned transferring or being unhappy."
Thursday marked the first spring practice for Dooley and the Vols, one player was noticeably missing.
After practice Dooley had this to say about the situation.
"On a personnel matter," Dooley said. "Bryce Brown is no longer a part of this team. Bryce came to see me this morning. He is dealing with some personal and family issues. At this point we don't consider him no longer a part of this team."
According to Dooley, Brown will remain in classes for the remainder of the semester. He didn't rule out a possible return to the team.
"It's not my job to recruit the guys on campus to stay here," Dooley said. "My focus has to be on the players that are on this team."
Dooley has already showed and proven that his going to be different that his predecessor. It wasn't surprising that Dooley's practice was a lot different as well. A different type tempo, a different style of intensity. Not running like crazy from one period to the other, a definitely different environment.
WHERE'S THE MUSIC
If the players got use to warming up to high energy music last season, they probably will have to get use to no music this spring and fall. It appears that Dooley will be returning to the Old School mentality where that's concerned.
A STABLE OF RUNNERS
Even without Bryce Brown on the roster this spring, the one position that the Vols are strong and deep at is the running back position. Toney Williams took the first snap today in a drill with the first team. Tauren Poole took the second rep, followed by David Oku. Don't forget true freshman Rajion Neal that will be here this summer.
TODAY'S STARTING O-LINEMEN It's anyone's guess who will be the starters on the offensive line when the Vols open against Tennessee Martin in the fall. Those who ran with the first team today are Cody Pope, Dallas Thomas, Jarrod Shaw, Victor Thomas and JerQuari Schofield.
NO WONDER DOOLEY ISN"T READY TO NAME A STARTER
After seeing the first fifty minutes of today's practice, it's no surprise that Dooley stated in Wednesday's press conference that the starting quarterback wouldn't be named this spring and that the battle could go well into fall camp.
Junior College transfer Matt Simms threw the ball well today, maybe as good as Senior quarterback Nick Stephens. It's apparent that there will be an all out battle between the two.
NEW DEFFENSIVE LEADER
Justin Wilcox may not have as much experience as last year's coordinator, but he appears to know what he's doing. He ran all the defensive drills with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm.