Finding some fire isn't a problem.
Tennessee just might need to find a way to put it out after a play ends.
Derek Dooley has found the energy he wants from the Vols in his first spring with the program, and the new coach apparently hasn't had much trouble getting them to be physical. If anything Dooley is getting too much of each, which he seemed to be making quite clear on Saturday afternoon with perhaps his most animated exchange with the team since taking over two months ago.
"The intensity is great," Dooley said. "What I'm most concerned about is understanding what competitive spirit is. That's, No. 1, never getting affected. I think that we have a tendency to let our emotions get the best of us when it gets a little heated, and that's the worst thing that can happen.
"Having a lot of extracurricular talk and activity after the play is wasted energy. Kind of defining the culture of how we compete I guess is a little bit of a change."
How the Vols did it during plays provided Dooley with some positives after leading his fifth practice. He pointed to a successful day in the red zone for the offensive line, indicated that Matt Simms and Nick Stephens have created some separation at the top of the quarterback depth chart and also offered a bit of praise for his talented receiving corps.
But after the whistle the Vols might have done a little bit too much talking about their highlights, which spilled into some action that Stephens called chippy from the start.
"Sometimes you have days like that, and I don't know why," Stephens said. "It's a violent game and we've got a bunch of men out here fighting with full pads on and hitting each other. It's more than likely something like that is going to happen. It's been happening for four, five years that I've been here, and I think it's going to continue to happen years on down the road.
"Coaching staffs handle that differently. Dooley is different in the sense that he doesn't really want that as much. (Former coach Lane) Kiffin didn't want it, but if it happened, he thought - let those two people deal with it and we'll move on. It's a little bit different this year with how he wants to handle it, and he's our head coach so we're going to do what he wants."
That apparently is more discipline and less trash-talk, and Dooley made his feelings on the matter obvious during a spirited post-practice speech to the team.
But even though Dooley is trying to keep emotions in check, he's certainly not trying to eliminate them entirely.
Right now the Vols are just learning where the new regime draws the line.
"I wouldn't call it a problem," Dooley said. "It's more of a culture, a different way of approaching competition than what it's been. I've always felt that great competitors never get affected. It doesn't matter what happened on the last play, they never lose their focus for what they have to do on the next play - to compete well. I think a lot of that is going to be a work in progress.
"All that cheering and rah-rahing is good, and there's a place for it. But at the end of the day, the team that executes and is most physical, the most disciplined, and they're doing it between the whistles is the one that's going to win. Then you can do all the rah-rahing in the locker room after the game."
Until they get that chance, the same principle will apply to practice.