Vols Hit the Ground Running to Open Fall Camp

(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The long-awaited first day of preseason camp is officially in the books as the 2021 Volunteers hit the ground running bright and early on Wednesday morning at Haslam Field.

During his post-practice press conference, head coach Josh Heupel was quick to praise his team’s energy level during the first official practice of the season.

“I think the thing that stuck out to me today, more than anything, is we had really positive energy,” Heupel said. “The guys were flying around the entire practice. I thought they handled the practice. None of them were completely exhausted as we were walking off the field today. I think they’re in really good shape and they’ve gained strength.”

Heupel also came away impressed by the communication between the players, who could be heard coaching each other up throughout the morning session.

“There’s a culture that is starting to build here about doing things the right way,” Heupel said. “There are players getting on players—in a positive way—and being real with each other. Once it starts taking hold inside of the locker room, that’s where you have a chance to really accelerate.”

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