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UT physical minus pads

UT physical minus pads

Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:00 pm

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Just because the Tennessee Vols weren’t wearing pads or initiating contact in their first practice of the fall doesn’t mean they weren’t physical.
The Vols held a grueling, hot three-hour practice on Tuesday — their first fall session under new coach Lane Kiffin.
“I just don’t know another way to do it,” Kiffin said. “I just think that’s how you build a team if it’s going to be physical, if it’s going to be able to run the ball and going to be able to play such a tough schedule. We’re very physical in the way we practice.”
It was the first time the coaches got to work with Kiffin’s first class of recruits.
All players reported, except wide receiver James Green and defensive tackle Marlon Walls, two freshmen who haven’t yet been cleared by the NCAA.
Many freshmen, like running back Bryce Brown and wide receiver Nu’Keese Richardson saw significant practice time on Tuesday, and the coaches are already evaluating what they do do each day.
“Everything they do counts, no matter what it is — on or off the field,” Kiffin said.
Coaches and players began watching film and reviewing the playbook at 6:30 a.m. before taking the field in the afternoon.
“We really did put a lot on these guys. This is not a normal day one. We’re kind of almost putting a full weekend into one day,” Kiffin said.
• The University of Tennessee is bringing new emphasis to Gen. Robert Neyland’s famous seven maxims.
The team has traditionally recited the axioms in the dressing room, prior to games.
As part of some game day changes this season, a former Vol football player will lead the recitation before each contest.
Coach Lane Kiffin said he wants the current team members to know what the proverbs have meant to those who wore the orange and white before them.
Among the tips from the old master — “Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.”

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