Fall camp back to normal after school begins

Fall football camp at the University of Tennessee is halfway over. The Volunteer football team returned to the practice field starting classes on Wednesday. Vols quarterback Matt Simms spoke after practice about the struggles of balancing schoolwork and football.

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.


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