Vols brave heat, complete successful first practice

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- The best thing about the first day of practice for the Tennessee football team was that nothing surprised the head coach.

"It was a good first practice...there's nothing spectacular that you see and nothing terrible," Vols coach Derek Dooley said as the Vols left the field.

"Looks like they are in good shape. They are moving around good. They studied the playbooks pretty good. A lot of retention in the offense, defense and special teams, so hopefully we can build on it."

Senior defensive end Ben Martin, who missed all of the 2010 season with an Achilles injury, agreed.

"Going through the first set of drills, you just finally realize, we're tired, but this is football," Martin said. "This is what it's supposed to feel like. I've got my helmet and my mouthpiece, and this is what football is."

The Vols practiced for nearly two hours on one of the hottest days of summer. Dooley emphasized that he'll know more about his team when players don the pads later this week.

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