Fall football camp at the University of Tennessee is halfway over.
The Volunteer football team returned to the practice field Thursday afternoon, a day after starting classes on Wednesday.
"It's exciting I guess you can say," quarterback Matt Simms said. "It's a full day, not a lot of time to rest and eat but that's just part of being a Division 1 athlete."
After letting his team off on Wednesday with a light walk-through, which was closed to the media, Derek Dooley took his team through a two=and-a-half-hour practice.
Dooley didn't visit with the media after Thursday's practice due to the practice running over and prior commitments.
The Vols will return to a normal weekday practice schedule, hitting Haslam Field at 4 p.m. each day.
Saturday will be the last regularly scheduled scrimmage this fall, an opportunity that Simms and his teammates are looking forward to.
"We are just happy that we got a little more time to focus on a few more things," Simms said.We got the scrimmage this weekend. The scrimmage will be the final judging point on where we are at as a team."
It appeared that the team was a little tired and struggled early in today's practice.
"It's tough for a lot of the guys to juggle school and practice," Simms said. "I can't lie when I first got out here I was dragging a little, first a little sluggish but then it picked up."
Former USC transfer Malik Jackson also spoke to the media after practice.
"It's a lot harder getting used to getting back to class," Jackson said. "We will get used to it."
Tennessee returns to the practice field Friday at 4 p.m. before having a scrimmage at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Vols will have Sunday off before going back to a normal schedule on Monday.