Knoxville, Tenn. (AP/utsports.com) -- Tennessee’s offense placed an exclamation point on the first week of fall camp with an impressive performance during Saturday’s practice at Neyland Stadium. The Vols were in pads for the first time since spring ball.
“That’s our expectation on every drive to move the ball like that,” head coach Lane Kiffin said of the offense’s early and sustained success. “That was not surprising at all and when we don’t do it, it’s disappointing.
“I thought the first two series were exactly what we needed. We moved the ball in not very many plays -- big chunks with guys doing things right.”
Sophomore tailback Tauren Poole, somewhat lost in the early-season chatter about senior leadership and freshman impact players, continued making his case for more than just a cursory glance in the backfield.
“He shows up every time we come in here,” Kiffin said. “We don’t limit anybody. He’s an example of a guy who’s not played very much but who continues to play well. If he beats those guys out and performs better than all of them, he’ll be the No. 1 guy.”
Poole gained nearly 150 yards and scored on 75 and 44-yard runs.
“I just knew I had to come in and work hard and just fight every day with those good tailbacks coming in,” Poole said. “I’ve been listening to Coach Gran’s coaching and it’s gotten me a spark. I’m doing well.”
Kiffin felt encouraged about the continued success shown by his heralded offensive foursome of Marsalis Teague, Nu’Keese Richardson, Bryce Brown and David Oku.
“It was good to see the freshmen show up today. Offensively, you saw the four freshmen touch the ball a lot and do some good things. Oku had a 40-yarder called back and looked really fast on that. Those are some special guys.”
Jonathan Crompton completed his first nine passes and connected with Gerald Jones on a 67-yard pass that reached the 3-yard line.
Tennessee takes a break Sunday for its annual football media day, and then returns to practice Monday with the first of three two-a-day practices this upcoming week. The Vols will practice twice each on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with single workouts set for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
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