Safety Janzen Jackson may have been the new man on campus last year, but he wasn't Thursday afternoon.
Jackson got his first look at new head coach Derek Dooley when the Volunteers hit the field for their first spring practice Thursday afternoon.
"It was good, the energy was good," said Jackson.
Jackson who was recruited by former head coach Lane Kiffin said that practice was a change of pace from last season. Jackson cited the length and the pace of practice to be the biggest change.
"It was quick," said Jackson. "It's a big change from last season's practices."
Jackson added that although the players have gotten to know the coaches off the field that you don't truly know your coaches until you step out on to the practice field.
"You don't really know them till we come out here," said Jackson.
Jackson's new coach agrees that you can't get to know each other until you really put the pads on and go to work.
"I am still not going to know them till we put the pads on," said Derek Dooley. "Then I am still not going to know them until we go play a game. And they aren't going to know us."
The sophomore safety didn't seem concerned with the recent coaching change. Jackson says that coaches come and go and compared Kiffin's departure to that of Eric Berry.
"When EB left you can't just sit and mope around," said Jackson. "Coaches come and go."
Jackson played aside Thorpe Award winner Eric Berry for ten games during his freshman season and recorded 37 tackles.
Jackson earned SEC Defensive Freshman of the Week following the Volunteers bout with South Carolina when he recorded seven tackles, force a fumble and broke up two passes.It may be possible that Jackson shares the opinion of his teammate and senior wide receiver Gerald Jones.
"I've had so many coaches. I'm not looking forward to relationships outside football," said Jones. "I just want him to coach the hell out of me."