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Vols battle heat; Pearl to interview

Vols battle heat; Pearl to interview

Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 9:04 pm
By: AP

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says the veteran Volunteers appear to have retained quite a bit of the team’s offensive and defensive schemes from last season.
The Vols held their first fall practice on Tuesday. The veterans practiced in the afternoon, while the newcomers were scheduled to practice Tuesday night.
Defensive lineman Daniel Hood says there were plenty of mental mistakes on the first day and plenty of room for improvement.
Dooley said there’s not much for him to evaluate on the first day. He said he’s anxious for the players’ first practice in pads, which is scheduled for Sunday.
The temperature for the early practice session reached the mid-90s. Dooley reminded the Vols that as hot as that seemed, it was hotter in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
• Tennessee senior linebacker Austin Johnson says he’s extremely embarrassed about his recent arrest on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges.
Johnson said Tuesday at the Volunteers’ first fall practice that he knows he not only embarrassed himself but also the team, coaches, fans and his family. He says he plans to learn from his mistakes and be a better leader for the Vols.
Johnson was arrested July 24 after he was spotted trying to start a fight and hitting cars in a parking lot behind a Knoxville bar. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.
Coach Derek Dooley has said he plans to handle the 22-year-old Hickory, N.C., native’s punishment internally.
•  Fired Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl is scheduled to meet today with the Texas Legends, an NBA D-League team looking for a new coach.
The team planned a media availability with Pearl and Donnie Nelson, the Dallas Mavericks general manager who is a co-owner of the D-League team, after the two meet.
Pearl was fired by Tennessee in March after the school learned the coach had possibly committed another recruiting violation after his teary admission six months earlier of lying to NCAA investigators. Pearl had been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.
Nancy Lieberman led the Legends to the playoffs in her only season as coach. She is now the team’s assistant general manager.
• Tennessee freshman tailback Devrin Young has fractured his right collarbone.
Volunteers spokesman Jason Yellin said Monday night that the team is unsure how long the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Knoxville native will be out of action. He did not say how Young suffered the injury.
Young is expected to be in contention to be a punt returner for the Vols.
•  Tailback Toney Williams has left the Tennessee Volunteers.
Coach Derek Dooley said Monday the redshirt sophomore, who had just 11 yards on five carries last season, planned to transfer.
Senior defensive end Ben Martin, who has been recovering from February surgery on his right Achilles’ tendon, practiced Tuesday. Martin didn’t play last season after injuring his left Achilles’ tendon in August.
Freshman offensive tackle Antonio Richardson is recovering from shoulder surgery and won’t face contact in the first few days of practice. Defensive end Jacques Smith, who has had two foot recent foot surgeries, practiced Tuesday.
Dooley says it will be several months until junior linebacker Herman Lathers, who broke his ankle in June, will be available to practice and play.
Published in The Messenger 8.3.11

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