The Vols still aren't where he wants them, but he said on Thursday that they have improved.
"We're a better football team," Dooley said. "That's really the goal of spring. Did we get better during the spring and does every individual improve their level of play?
"I think we accomplished that."
Dooley was the guest speaker at Middle Tennessee Christian School's annual spring banquet held in the school's gymnasium. Dooley signed autographs for more than an hour prior to the banquet, which acts as a fundraiser for the private school. School officials said the banquet was a sellout.