Vols prepare for first scrimmage of fall camp

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- The Tennessee Volunteers installed their two-minute offense and defense on the sixth day of fall practice Monday during another hot afternoon at Haslam Field.

Head coach Derek Dooley said practice had good tempo and energy as the Vols prepared for their first modified scrimmage of fall camp Tuesday.

“Like most first days of two-minutes, it’s four and done, so we have a lot of work to do,” Dooley said. “It was a ‘move the field day,’ a script day, so it was the first time our coaches are off the field and the players have to play. They have to make the calls, and they have to make the checks. Sometimes, you practice so much, and you get reliant on hearing that voice. It showed up a little bit today. We had a couple of busts on the back end."

“Tomorrow, we’ll go out and do it again and see how the players respond.”

Dooley said he typically employs a scrimmage-style practice the seventh day at camp, to let the team “play some ball” and break up the cycle of practice. Tuesday’s practice will be a modified scrimmage, and like Monday, coaches will be working from the sidelines instead of in the huddle.

“It’s just to get people lathered up,” Dooley said. “Let’s go tackle. Let’s let them play a little bit. Then, it’s a good time to catch our breath and evaluate where we are and where we need to go the next few days.”

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