Playbooks were part of spring break for Vols

If you needed another sign that Tennessee's players have bought into coach Lane Kiffin's way of doing things, look no further than the passenger seat or a suitcase.

As players left Knoxville for spring break, many brought an extra companion along for the ride.

Whether back home, on the beach or any destination in between, UT's new playbooks hit the road with the players.

"I know a lot of guys on our team are going to have their playbook," quarterback Jonathan Crompton said. "They know what we're capable of doing, and they're going to be ready to go as soon as we get back."

After a high-energy start to spring practice that wrapped up with UT's first practice in full pads before some 2,000 fans in Neyland Stadium more than a week ago, the Vols have hardly blinked in making the transition to new schemes on both sides of the ball.

"We've got some of the best coaches in the country, I believe, as far as preparing us for what we need to do, putting us in the right positions to make plays," safety Eric Berry said. "They're always full of energy so we always come out to practice and come out to work with energy."

The players have also done their homework.

Before practice began March 10, UT's players spent extra time in the film room studying tape of their new systems. They dove into their playbooks and spent time on the weekends to be able to hit the ground running this spring.

"I think our guys have bought in a little faster," Crompton said. "Coming off the losing season, we had that bad taste in our mouth. We've got a new coaching staff. We knew we had to buy in. Guys have bought in quicker than anything. Guys are in their playbooks up in the meeting rooms an hour and a half early, waiting on the coaches because they know what we've got to do."

The heightened focus has done nothing but help, especially on offense.

The Vols have taken to a new system - their third in three years - with much more ease than last year's transition to a new coordinator.

"It's a really great system, in my opinion, that we've really caught up with right now," center Josh McNeil said. "We're just running with it."

So far, returning players have been reluctant to criticize former coordinator Dave Clawson's offense despite UT's well-documented struggles last season.

"I'm not going to say the system held us back," McNeil said. "That system's obviously worked before. It just didn't work out well here."

UT's new offense, run by Kiffin and coordinator Jim Chaney, has been easier to grasp in the early stages.

"It is a little easier," tight end Luke Stocker said. "Last year's was quite complicated with the line flipping (positions) and the terminology was quite different."

The end result, players say, will be a team that looks more comfortable on the field.

"You can always tell on the field when a guy doesn't know what he's doing," McNeil said. "It looks like he's just not trying, but he just doesn't understand sometimes. Whenever you don't have to think, you can play fast."

And when players return to the practice field Tuesday, they're not expecting the tempo to decrease, either.

"It's good that we've had three good days," Crompton said. "But we don't want to have good days. We want to have outstanding days. That's what our goal is."

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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SEAL_9821 writes:

With basketball over, I can feel the excitement in the air. It's almost football time in Tennessee baby

ivyvol writes:

They're up to the third page now.

PITBOSS009 writes:

LETS GO.THE VOLS WILL HAVE A GR8 YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

1963volfan writes:

ONLY 168 DAYS TILL IT"S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENESSEE...........

ChuckG writes:

Why do all of the offensive player comments in all most every article have to come from Crompton? I realize he is the "starting quarterback" or no he is not yet, but anyway. To me anything that he says rings a little hollow to say the least. If you were on a desert island last year and the only news you got on UT football were his comments you might have thought it was an awesome year. What I am saying is Crompton's grasp of reality is not real tight so it would be nice if the comments came from someone else on the offensive side of the ball.

1963volfan writes:

"TENNESSEE" MY BAD

volnut2003#230318 writes:

in response to kaplanz:

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Welcome Back GatorZ. I see you dropped your GatorZ(fill in the number) pattern. The Lil Lane gave you away.

OrangeRush writes:

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volnut2003#230318 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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volnut2003#230318 writes:

in response to kaplanz:

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Seriously, GatorZ/Kaplanz/whateveryoucallyourselfthenexttimeyouarethrownoffthissite. Why don't you seek the help of a professional counselor. I think it would help you with your obsession be abused by the VOL NATION! What went wrong in your early childhood developmental stage. Did a VOL abuse you? We would not mind you if you had something intelligent to say, but you have yet to accomplish this feat! For instance, an actual factual comment rather than a trash-talking biased opinion designed to push buttons would be nice. Are you capable of an intellient conversation? Can you deal with facts rather than opinions? Basically, What's your deal?

volnut2003#230318 writes:

in response to kaplanz:

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Yep! Where's the darn spell check on this thing! Working like heck (could not resist the phrase) to improve my spilling! (intentional spelling of spelling for laughs)

Dennis_Rogan_The_Show writes:

Fellas, this is my first post, but I have been a long time reader of your all's posts...two things I have noticed, UTfan4life knows what he is talking about and that guy GatorZ sucks in life...I will be posting cause I do love some Vol Football! Go Vols! And Title Time in 09!

SEAL_9821 writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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Your chances of beating us this year are good. But, i'll gurantee that we are more competitive and prepared than we've been in the past. And, i'll promise you something else, your day is coming and you and your so called role model coach meyer knows it too. The tides are turning and you better know gator fans. STAND BY!

KingVol writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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Are you mentally disabled?

VolNBham writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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You are truly uneducated if you think UT is going to give up 63 points to UF and only score 6. I think UT will lose, but I predict a 42-28 score. With a new offensive system, two experinced running backs and the #1 freshman running back in the nation, these vols will be a different story.

FWBVol writes:

Come on Volunteer fans. We are above all the Gator garbage. Out of the first 18 posts to this story, more than half were from Gator fans or UT fans responding to Gator fans.

If we ignore them, they may not go away, but we will take away one of the reasons they stay, to get under our skin.

I'm excited about the attitudes of the players under the new staff. I'm encouraged that they are taking it upon themselves to learn the new offensive and defensive systems. This is a sign that the guys are hungry, and a hungry, well-coached team, can win games it is not supposed to win.

KingVol writes:

Lil Lane and Co. will cover the spread. Whatever it is. Write that down.

GerryOP writes:

in response to kaplanz:

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But, then again, I am sure that nothing much in your life makes much sense ... to anyone.

Shouldn't you be practicing your ... tada ... Commanding_Presence?

Waldorf writes:

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dc_4_ut writes:

gatorz has run out of bleacher report articles written by 13 year old boys that don't understand UT...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14...

GerryOP writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Ahh, you brought it up. How is your sister doing?

Shouldn't you be practicing your ... tada ... Commanding_Presence?

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

in response to slimjim85vols:

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excellent article! Thanks.

ect1983 writes:

in response to kaplanz:

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That was so "Lame" <Gator...pun intended. Before it's over, you REALLY need to get a life

senracjr writes:

Someone told on Kaplanz, they said he could suck a golfball through a garden hose.
He was mistaken, it was through a drinking straw!

JohnsonCity_George writes:

in response to volnut2003#230318:

Seriously, GatorZ/Kaplanz/whateveryoucallyourselfthenexttimeyouarethrownoffthissite. Why don't you seek the help of a professional counselor. I think it would help you with your obsession be abused by the VOL NATION! What went wrong in your early childhood developmental stage. Did a VOL abuse you? We would not mind you if you had something intelligent to say, but you have yet to accomplish this feat! For instance, an actual factual comment rather than a trash-talking biased opinion designed to push buttons would be nice. Are you capable of an intellient conversation? Can you deal with facts rather than opinions? Basically, What's your deal?

Dave Hooker wrote it. Not Gatorzz or whoever signed it. It's Hooker. Thay try to get the number of post up. It makes them feel good. Thay have to change names so nobody outside of K-town picks up on it and calls them on it. Adams would look like a dufus if he got caught doing it.

tennesseebee writes:

Work hard Vols, we love ya!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to slimjim85vols:

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Gotta say I was one who had misgivings about Brown, especially with regard to the Butler relationship, but if Bryce is that serious about his faith, I feel somewhat better. I never questioned his talent, but I did wonder if he was as self-involved as some of the hype made him out to be. It was an enormous leap of faith for him to sign here with our thin O-line and so-far ordinary QBs. Who knows, the whole team may perform way above the level they fell to last year. Brown's signing has to be a sign that the program is on its way back to the top, or so we will hope until we see different.

pkaplan writes:

His latest stunt won't last long. In fact, his account will be changed to inactive and will not allow him to return. I cross my fingers. Don't play with fire.

SSvol writes:

This is absolutly hillarious. We as Vol Fans sign on to see how spring is goin,
how the team is buying into the new
system and how the coaches feel. But ypu florida fans? How bored are you? You have beaches right now full of T&A, but instead you find some local papper in another town to blog..ARE U GAY?

ballewville6 writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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first of all kaplanze your an idiot go back to gators .com and and volsgatorbait ill bet you 100 dollars that if flordia was to beat tennessee it will be by less than ten and you better hope you get the vols this upcoming season because there is going to be a change in this rilvery tennessee is going to take command we no longer have a lazy contempt coach at the helm we have coaches with lots of energy and a playbook that is different ,it isnt going to be the same stuff that i knew and your coaches new were coming,everyone knew for the last 8 or 10 years what tennessee was going to run by their formation but no more youll be lucky to get a win in gainsville next year ,tennessee will win 7 out of next 10 meetings with flordia if you want to bet my email address is bosgap@yahoo.comemail me ill give you phone number and ill explain why your prediction of 63 to 3 is as dumb as your mom and your brother darryel and your other brother darryel

Voluvr writes:

in response to 1963volfan:

"TENNESSEE" MY BAD

typos are forgiven in hear!

Voluvr writes:

I don't know if it's public knowledge yet but, at the Spring Game on April 18th, Media Day will be on the practice field. Then, as people go through, they will assemble from Gibbs down Manning Pass for the year's first VOL WALK down to the stadium to begin practice. Should be exciting!

SSvol writes:

Im just sayn" no team in the country even us is gonna got out of state to some local papper and blog on their spring practice because we like another team.....Your Bein Had...
Think about it.....

bluetick writes:

in response to ChuckG:

Why do all of the offensive player comments in all most every article have to come from Crompton? I realize he is the "starting quarterback" or no he is not yet, but anyway. To me anything that he says rings a little hollow to say the least. If you were on a desert island last year and the only news you got on UT football were his comments you might have thought it was an awesome year. What I am saying is Crompton's grasp of reality is not real tight so it would be nice if the comments came from someone else on the offensive side of the ball.

I agree. EB can say what he wants and we all can agree. Crompton? That's another story.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

how in the world do you start spring practice, then take the week off?? that would have killed me when I played.

the first couple of weeks or spring practice where the pts: drive that damn sled, grass drills, all that garbage. you didn't even play football, just time-filler stuff.

finally, in the third week, you might get a couple of scrimmages against some area teams, and then the intrasquad game.

well, any way, lots of work going on for them. no, they really should not criticize dave clawson. his system does work, just has to have the right people to run it.

OldSmokey writes:

Good read!

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

how in the world do you start spring practice, then take the week off?? that would have killed me when I played.

the first couple of weeks or spring practice where the pts: drive that damn sled, grass drills, all that garbage. you didn't even play football, just time-filler stuff.

finally, in the third week, you might get a couple of scrimmages against some area teams, and then the intrasquad game.

well, any way, lots of work going on for them. no, they really should not criticize dave clawson. his system does work, just has to have the right people to run it.

I agree breaking up spring break is different. Do not see how it will help the team. Could increase injuries-but hope not.Saban SEC West title second year Meyer National Champ second year The bars been set Lane can you to what what others have done. Go Vols

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Hope Jack Sells doesn't get a playbook.

tnbigg writes:

Are you freakin' kiddin' me???? What about the CHARTS??? Has anybody heard about the CHARTS???? How can a team be a team in Tennessee football team without the CHARTS??? KNS...PLEASE do some investigative reporting...WHAT ABOUT THE CHARTS??pdhuff? CHARTS??? What??? Where are they??? Are they under the one foot desk???/ Where are they???

tnbigg writes:

By the way...about the interlopers. This site has become utterly trashed by these folks.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to tnbigg:

By the way...about the interlopers. This site has become utterly trashed by these folks.

Man, to hell with the interlopers. They have no friends, life, whatever.

I say just let em' be.

tnbigg writes:

in response to memphis_vol_fan:

Man, to hell with the interlopers. They have no friends, life, whatever.

I say just let em' be.

I hear ya'. There isn't anything that can be done anyway...they get nuked and are reborn even more obnoxious than before! Hey! I am fired up for the upcoming season though! It should be VERY interesting!

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to slimjim85vols:

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Thanks, slim. I admire Bryce for what he went through in the recruiting process--I can't even imagine what a stress-filled mess it must be. But what I take from this article more than anything else is the strong moral fiber that not only he, but his entire family possesses. He was brought up the right way, it seems, and will continue to receive the kind of spiritual guidance he needs to see him through. I believe he's a solid young man and look forward to seeing him wear the Orange!

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

tnbigg writes:

Last year Tennessee football was like American business is now...Nothing is WORNG! http://www.theswom.org/profiles/blogs...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

in response to tnbigg:

By the way...about the interlopers. This site has become utterly trashed by these folks.

If you've ever seen the gator sites, one could hardly blame them for not posting in the land of jorts.

GerryOP writes:

in response to tnbigg:

By the way...about the interlopers. This site has become utterly trashed by these folks.

We continue our battle against bad and evil -- good and right shall prevail!

167 -- Fear The Kiffin...

Vol4life77 writes:

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Dude if you really think that is going to happen I would love to see what your smokin' and further more you have no football IQ. There is a possibility that FL wont even win the east with all the players you lost. Tebow cannot do it by himself. Please if you gonna post on here at least know what the he** your talking about. Your not making anyone mad your just making yourself look stupid. Noone and I repeat noone actually thinks there is a shot in he** they can beat us by that much and with the way things are looking we have a very good chance of spanking those Gator butts for you..mark it down yeh I said it.

The KING has spoken!!!

ctownvol writes:

in response to volsgatorbait:

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Why should we write it down? You write it on here at least 5 times a day... EVERY day.

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to Vol4life77:

Dude if you really think that is going to happen I would love to see what your smokin' and further more you have no football IQ. There is a possibility that FL wont even win the east with all the players you lost. Tebow cannot do it by himself. Please if you gonna post on here at least know what the he** your talking about. Your not making anyone mad your just making yourself look stupid. Noone and I repeat noone actually thinks there is a shot in he** they can beat us by that much and with the way things are looking we have a very good chance of spanking those Gator butts for you..mark it down yeh I said it.

The KING has spoken!!!

You kidding they return more starting players than any SEC team. No this want be our year but in a year or two just maybe. Go Vols

ctownvol writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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Good idea TD, but if I go to Gainesville i break out in a horrible rash. must be allergic to gator slime. It happens if I ever go through Athens too.

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