The pads went on for Tennessee, but the gloves came off for Derek Dooley.
The Vols coach apparently didn't get the attention to detail he was expecting during a workout Sunday afternoon, and he had no problems letting his team know about it.
Getting animated or extremely vocal might not be Dooley's ideal method of operation, but he clearly has it in his repertoire after tearing into UT's players following their first practice in full gear.
"I told them after practice, there's high expectations on everything we do," Dooley said. "I don't care if it's the player, the trainer, the coach, the manager, the video guy, the facilities - it doesn't matter. We have high expectations where we demand perfection. When we don't meet those expectations, we're not looking the other way. We're going to confront them and get it right.
"We all need to put those expectations on ourselves. Doesn't mean we're (not) going to make mistakes. In order for us to get where we need to be, that's what it takes - a total commitment to excellence in everything we do. When we say, 'Don't flip your hips until you cross the line,' if you continue to not do it the right way, then either you're not smart so you can't play, or you don't care. It's one or the other."
Dooley didn't really dive into specific areas of concern or single out players, though senior receiver Gerald Jones indicated some problems on special teams might have drawn the wrath from the first-year coach.
But no matter who or what it was, the message was clearly delivered to the Vols.
"He's all about perfection, so if we don't do it right then he's going to let us know about it," Jones said. "That was the worst I've seen him so far, I'm pretty sure.
"You know, I don't think intensity or anything is a problem. I think it's discipline and doing exactly what they tell us to do. If we make a mistake, he don't like it and he'll let us know about it. If you let a puppy bite you, he'll grow to be a dog and bite you. So if you allow the young cats to do it now, they're going to do the same thing. To establish what he's about is a good thing for us."
He delivered it in a way that was hard to ignore on Sunday, though he would seem to prefer a more subtle approach.
He's proved to be a hands-on coach during practice, sprinting from drill to drill and jumping in a few as a defensive end or cornerback. Dooley also has been quick to praise players who catch his eye, but he can get vocal another way, as well.
"I don't come out here prepared to act a certain way," Dooley said. "We had to get a little feisty out there, and I don't like doing that.
"It's not really my style."
It's now obvious to the Vols that it's there when Dooley needs it.