The Vols had to grind their way through another two-a-day practice session on Monday. But head coach Butch Jones lightened the mood during the morning session with a basketball drill. With the song 'Sweet Georgia Brown' blaring, coach Jones had his guys doing the Harlem Globetrotters warm-up routine. Maybe the ball tossing exercise was aimed at UT's young receivers, who had several drops in Saturday's scrimmage. Said offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian,"When you're increasing the volume the way we are, the volume of install. You get to a point where there is some weariness with the legs and the routine of camp. It was two steps forward and one step back."
Vols receiver Vincent Dallas moved to corner back this morning because of a lack of depth. Tennessee could be really green in the defensive backfield. Reporter-"What's the likely hood right now of starting a true freshman at corner?" Said defensive coordinator John Jancek,"Pretty good." (chuckles) Added defensive backs coach Willie Martinez,"Well again, I've always played freshmen. Play the best player. If you're ready, you're playing."
Injuries have plagued the Vols defense so far in fall camp. Said Jancek,"We have to move forward. We have to find a way to get it done. That's our job. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us."
Offensively, the Vols are trying to practice fasters and faster. Said Bajakian,"If we can snap the ball in 12 to 14 seconds, that's great. We did that multiple snaps in-a-row on that 14-play drive in the scrimmage we were talking about earlier."
But the speed of the offense isn't the ultimate goal once the season starts. Said Bajakian,"Win football games is the goal. And a lot of times, what are going to be the things to slow down the tempo? Well obviously if you are winning, when you get to the third or fourth quarter, you're going to slow down quite a bit."