Vols Start Over

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers have completed a week of fall camp and it's time to start over. Dooley and the Vols underwent their first two-a-day practice Thursday morning. Go "Inside" for a full report on the Vols practice.

The Tennessee Volunteers started their first two-a-day practice Thursday morning at Haslam Field.

The Vols have been on the grind for over a week, and Head Coach Derek Dooley said it's time to start over.

"We kind of start over here with three practices before another scrimmage," said Dooley.

Moving forward the Vols coaching staff will force players to focus on continued improvement.

"I think the big thing is the players don't get into the endurance part of training camp and stay focused on improvement," said Dooley. "Keeping them focused on making sure we come out here with a purpose."

They will go about that improvement one step at a time.

"Each day we have them improving on some value, whether it's discipline, toughness, effort, improving on one thing fundamentally and one thing schematically," he said.

Now that the majority of the staff's installment is completed, the coaches will now shift to giving players new looks on both sides of the football.

"We are continuing to push the envelope mentally," said Dooley. "Doing a lot of stemming, moving, different pressures – you have to be mentally tight out there. That was new to us and it caused us a lot of problems on offense.

"We are starting to get on the tail end of the install. What has changed now, there is not a lot of new stuff, but all of a sudden there is the deceptive part of the game."

Jackson Still Sidelined

Derek Dooley expected Janzen Jackson to return for Thursday's practice, but the head coach didn't receive his wish.

Jackson has been bothered with a hamstring injury, and Dooley said there is no sense in pushing the envelope.

"It's not horrible, but it's still there and there is no sense in getting out here and re-tweaking it," said Dooley.

Dooley Pleased with QBs

Both Matt Simms and Tyler Bray left Wednesday's scrimmage with solid stats and praise from their head coach.

After reviewing the film, Derek Dooley said he has seen a steady improvement at the quarterback position.

"They both did some good things, missed some throws and checks, but they are still making good progress," said Dooley. "I was real pleased with them at the end of the scrimmage."

John Brown on the Sidelines

Junior college defensive tackle John Brown stepped onto Haslam Field on Thursday morning, but not as a football player, just a spectator.

Brown is waiting on two grades from summer course work in order to determine if he will be a Volunteer this fall.

"He was not at practice, he was here, he wasn't practicing," said Derek Dooley. "We should know something on John in a couple of days."

Poole's Low Carries Opportunity

After the release of scrimmage statistics many noticed runner Tauren Poole only received two carries on Wednesday. Derek Dooley said that's about all the Tennessee coaches needed to see.

The low number of carries to Poole also meant opportunity for David Oku and newcomer Rajion Neal.

"We wanted to see David and Neal get going a little bit," said Dooley.

Scouts Welcome at Haslam

Derek Dooley said he will not shut out NFL scouts like his colleague Nick Saban of Alabama. Dooley was surprised with Saban's new policy regarding NFL scouts.

"I was surprised by that," said Dooley. "I have let them have full access. I think it's what's good for our players.

"They don't bother me, they are nice guys, I don't really talk to them. They are just coming here to evaluate the players.

"I don't really have an opinion, but we are not shutting them down. We are keeping our policy intact."

The Volunteers will conclude Thursday with a practice at Haslam Field at 7:30 p.m.


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