Dooley says Vols have good first spring practice

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says spring practice is off to good, smooth start.

Dooley says that doesn't mean there weren't "8,000 mistakes," but he was pleased to see that the Vols understood what was expected of them and that they put in a good day's work in their first practice on Tuesday.

This time last year Dooley was new to the team and spent the first few weeks trying to learn who each player was and explain to them how his system would work at Tennessee. Now the Vols are focused on improving their skills during March and April.

Tennessee will hold 13 more practices before the Orange and White spring game on April 16.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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