One thing is certain from Spring Football Camp Dooley style, it's back to the basics for the Vols.
Dooley has expressed on several occasions that anyone can look good in shorts and jerseys, a real football team is determined while the pads are on.
Tennessee put the pads on for the first time during the Dooley era here at Knoxville Tuesday afternoon, something that will remain the same until the day before the Annual Orange and White Spring game.
Fundamentals are a big part of Dooley's practices, form tackling drills are something that are being stressed every day.
"It doesn't matter what scheme you put in defensively, if you aren't a good tackling team you don't have a chance. We are going to work at tackling a lot. We will have a tackling circuit, learn how to thud properly, you have to bring both feet through the ball carrier. We want to tackle with great form."
It's apparent that Dooley doesn't get excited about a practice until he has a chance to sit down and watch the day's film first.
"You never know, until you watch the film. Everyone is going to have good days and bad ones, it's spring. You can't get overly excited or concerned, that's just football."
Dooley did admit that real football is played with the pads on and is a learning time for his staff and his team.
"Today was the first day in pads obviously," Dooley said. "Also the first day we installed down and distance. It's important that your team is smart and realizes what we are thinking on each down. It's a conditioning situation, we also need to pick up the tempo on special teams."
TWO STILL MISSING
Douglas is expected and is hopeful that he will return hopefully after the first week or so. It's also expected that Brown may transfer and not return.
TONY WILLIAMS BACK IN PADS
Toney Williams is back. He told reporters that he was about 90 percent back from his injury.
"It feels good to be back," said Williams. "Its hard doing certain stuff, but it feels great to just be out here and be part of my team again."
Williams began to regain confidence during bowl practice in Atlanta over the holiday break and thought he would be 100 percent by spring practice. Williams isn't quite to that point, but he is close..
"Today I feel better so I would say I am about 90 percent," said Williams. And although William's knee might not be 100 percent he does feel good about his current weight, 215 pounds.
PHONE MUST BE WORKING
Dooley said during his first spring press conference that all former players at the University of Tennessee were welcomed at all of his practices. They just needed to call a head and let them know they were visiting.
Two current signees from Georgia were present Tuesday and looked like they were ready to suit up with the Vols.
Calhoun Georgia natives Da'Rick Rogers and Nash Nance were in attendance and looks like they have been working out.
In all my years of covering recruiting, I can't recall seeing a wide receiver that looks more ready to play physically than Rogers. "He looks like Terrell Owens now," said one spectator.
Nance also looks the part, appears to be in much better physical shape than other true freshman signal caller.
Another Georgia prospect was in attendance Tuesday, Athen's native Aaron Posey was present. He stood out in his bright red shirt, watching the Vols offensive line drills. Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for the latest on his visit.
Of course the intensity was high especially since it was the first day of pads. The players responded with a lot of emotions.