Dooley: Newcomers athletic, but raw

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley has previously compared newcomers to presents on Christmas Day -- you never know what you're going to get until you unwrap them, or, in Dooley's case, until you see them on the practice field for the first time.

After the new Vols took the field for the first time Tuesday evening, Dooley's reviews were mixed.

"I saw a lot of good-looking players -- height, weight, speed, athleticism -- just what I anticipated and why we signed them," Dooley said.

"But I also saw a real bunch of young guys whose heads were spinning with all the stuff we were throwing at them. They were really fatigued and they weren't even in the heat.

"They're still freshmen."

The newcomers are practicing separately from veterans during the first three days of camp, in order to acclimate them to both pace and procedure.

The Vols' incoming class includes 12 players rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.com. Many of the new Vols will be expected to contribute immediately.


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