Vols first scrimmage a success

Vols first scrimmage a success


KNOXVILLE (UT Sports) - The Vols held their first scrimmage of training camp the same day of their first two-a-day practice.

"I thought the first day of 2-a-days was very productive," said head coach Butch Jones. "I'm looking forward to watching film and seeing the players we can win with."

Jones was much more impressed with today's practice after believing that the players did not live up to their standard of practice last night.

"I thought our players showed resiliency today," Jones said. "They came out here and had a purpose to them. We took strides today."

In today's two practices, the offense showed a great level of consistency. All four quarterbacks took advantage of each rep they got and showed leadership by coaching and leading each other.

The ground game looked strong as tailback Rajion Neal ripped off a 98-yard dash down the left sideline in a situational drive started at the 2-yard line. The Vols also pounded the rock with a 14-play -- all on the runs -- drive finished by an Alden Hill burst from two yards out.

On defense, senior linebacker John Propst forced a fumble late in the scrimmage that was recovered by Kenny Bynum. That was the lone turnover of the day. On the defensive front, several sacks were recorded and passes batted down.

In the coming week, Jones is hoping to see a higher level of consistency.

"We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but these individuals are resilient and prideful," Jones said. "They embrace getting better. We have to overachieve in every aspect of the game. We have to hold each other accountable and get better each and every day."

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