KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Butch Jones summed it up best at the end of his comments following Tennessee's first football practice of the preseason.
"We don't have time," Jones remarked on the growth of his new receivers.
The statement could have been applied to the entire program.
The Vols are facing an Aug. 30 season opener, and the prospect of a rapidly approaching deadline hung over Friday's first practice.
"Tired but that's always the first day," said offensive lineman Alex Bullard.
"Gotta get back in football shape, that's all. You know, this isn't the first practice, this is practice sixteen. We're just picking up where we left off (in the spring), so the sense of urgency has to be on point."
Jones was on point too.
"What you have is a great sense of urgency and every day we have to have a great sense of urgency, he said.
"It gets back to being process oriented. You know, the phrase everyone uses, how do you eat an elephant, one bite at a time. It's the same thing with training camp, every day is critical."