Vols practice at hit with UT fans

Vols practice at hit with UT fans

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee opened the gates at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night, and an estimated crowd of 39,000 fans flocked there to see the Vols conduct an open practice just two weeks before the season begins.

"Two weeks from today, it's real," said Vols head coach Butch Jones after the workout.

"Two weeks from today there are no do-overs, there are no rewind buttons or reset buttons. So to be able to go back and have the pulse go up and have some pressure situations and have to perform in front of a crowd, I thought it was great. Especially when we're playing some young players like we are this year," he said.

The workout turned soggy when rain moved in early in the one-hour practice, but the players and the fans seemed to take it in stride.

"It was really good. A lot of energy, especially from the fans," said offensive lineman Antonio Richardson.

"That's why our fan base is one of the best in the country. When you have fans out there like that you don't have any choice but to perform."

The Vols will wrap-up preseason practice with three workings this week-- after that, the team moves into game week mode with the season opener against Austin Peay on Aug. 31.

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