Vols get twist at football practice

Vols get twist at football practice


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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said his team has made progress through four preseason practices, but he's still not satisfied.

"I thought it was an extremely productive day today, (we're) still working to build our identity with this football team," Jones said after practice.

"We do have a long way to go, but I do think we're improving in small increments, but we are improving."

Jones threw a twist into the schedule.  

The 11-on-11 drills, which normally come later in practice, were held earlier than anticipated.

"It was calculated," Jones said. 

"I really try to study our football team and where they're going to be and they're going through a grind right now. As you guys all know our practices are demanding. A lot of these individuals have an academic workload as well. We needed to do something to jump-start them and give them their competitive energy going so to speak."

The players seemed to enjoy the opportunity to play in situations that are as close to game-like as you will get in the preseason.

"I think it was good," said quarterback Nathan Peterman. 

"I think it was pretty exciting to get started playing football. Guys might not have been as limber and as loose but I think we started to loosen up and started to get some good competition going."


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