1st week for Vols all about playbook
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 5:11 pm
By: UT Sports Information
Tennessee completed its first week of the 2011 spring practice schedule with a two-hour workout Saturday at Haslam Field. The Vols spent most of the week installing the different facets of their playbook.
“We have most of our offensive and defensive situations in,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “We have our down-and-distance flowing, red area in and third downs in. All we have left is short yardage and goal line.
“The organizational part of practice has been good. Now, it’s just a matter of coaching and motivation and getting some of our younger players to turn into dependable starters.”
Dooley said that spring practice is important for everyone as the Vols battle for starting positions.
“Until you’re an all-conference player, it’s hard to ever say that the spring isn’t critical for you,” Dooley said. “Every year the coaching staff is going to bring 25 new people who are expected to beat you out. The reality is, we recruit to try to replace who we have, no matter how good we get. Just like NFL teams do — they draft. You’ve got new guys every year trying to get your job. If you don’t have that mindset, then it’s hard to improve.”
A NEW LINE: Daniel Hood, who spent his freshman season on the offensive line, is adjusting to a new role.
Hood is now working with the defensive line unit.
“I’m still trying to learn everything,” Hood said. “I’m still having to think too much. I’m not triggering and just playing. I’m still trying to get to that point where they make a call and I’ll be able to do it.
While finding a place that presents the best opportunity to get on the field is a focus, Hood said defense is his preference.
QUICK HITS: The Vols will return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon, while focusing on film today. … Early enrollee Marcus Jackson is currently playing as the starting left guard, Dooley said Saturday.
… Ben Bartholomew is serving as the second fullback behind Channing Fugate but is also playing tight end.