Players comment on first practice of the season
The Vols talk about Tuesday's practice
Tennessee junior Brandon Warren has made the move from tight end to wide receiver, and he’s happy as can be after two days of preseason practice.
First-year UT coach Lane Kiffin, however, is far from satisfied with Warren.
Warren made several nice catches during Wednesday’s practice, but at one point had to pull out of a drill when he had a shoestring problem.
“What happened?” Kiffin yelled in Warren’s direction as team managers worked on the shoestring.
Warren was also slowed by a foot injury in the summer.
“It’s always something with Brandon,” Kiffin said. “We need to try to figure out a way with Brandon to make it through a practice. We’re having a hard time getting through 30 minutes with him, so we’ll see.”
Warren, the PrepXtra Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 while playing for Alcoa High School, was a freshman All-American as a tight end at Florida State in 2006 when he had 28 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown. After sitting out the 2007 season, Warren played tight end for the Vols in 2008 and had 10 catches for 85 yards. He started one game.
“I’m feeling good,” Warren said. “I feel like that (wide receiver) is probably where I should have been playing my whole career. I wish I would have, but I’m excited. I like the offense and what we’re going to be running. I’m just ready to play.”
Warren, slotted as a co-starter at wide receiver with senior Quentin Hancock, said he feels close to full speed.
“I’m fine. I’m 95, almost 100 percent,” Warren said. “I’m not worried about it at all.”
Warren likes the intensity of the first two practices.
“Everybody’s excited, everybody’s ready to play,” Warren said. “We’re hungry. We had a terrible year last year and it left a terrible taste in our mouths. We’re just ready to go.”