Vols Football Goes Through Their First 2-A-Day Drills

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Two workouts in the same day and Tennessee has passed the halfway mark of its 2007 preseason practice schedule.

The Vols held their 11th and 12th practice sessions Tuesday and have just 11 workouts remaining until game week commences for the Sept. 1 opener at California. Head coach Phillip Fulmer was pleased with the combined results and where his squad stands at the halfway point of camp.

"They are tired a little bit but I thought they pushed through," Fulmer said. "There was a lot of stuff thrown at them today. We're trying to get more of our perimeter game in to be a more complete offense, as well as a couple of looks at other things on defense."

"This morning was a good practice after going back and watching the film. We had all of our physical work then and had a productive day, I think."

Tuesday was the first of only two double practice dates for the Vols -- the other comes Thursday -- but Fulmer is in no hurry to return to the series of two-a-days that used to open August football in the collegiate ranks.

"I thought when we changed it I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, it's going to be terrible." I think we used to have nine days, 18 practices, of two-a-days or something like that."

"This is a lot better. It is a lot better physically on the players. It's a lot better physically and mentally on the coaches. We get a chance to watch all of our tape, have walk-throughs, work with our young guys -- this is a lot better."

The Vols practice Wednesday morning, have the double-practice Thursday and then a brief workout Friday before their second full scrimmage Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The coaching staff will be watching to see who has improved the most since last Saturday's full-speed game action.

"I saw some guys who from what happened to them in the scrimmage to Monday's practice, come out and improve," Fulmer said. "And that's what you're looking for. You're looking for young guys that are responsive."

"Everybody controls his own attitude. That's true in life and that's exactly what I told them today. It's not what happens to you, it's what you do with what happens to you."

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information

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