Dooley gets Shakespearean with the Vols
Somehow, Dooley found a way to relate a passage from the tragedy to the small mistakes that led to botched plays in the first scrimmage of the fall.
"For want of a horseshoe nail: one little horseshoe nail can bring down a whole kingdom," Dooley said this morning. "That's what it did back in the 1400s. Just like stepping with your right foot six inches could cause a guy to get on the edge, which causes the quarterback to get a little flustered, the exchange goes bad, fumble, turnover, touchdown.
"Every little detail of your technique and assignment can impact the game. We've got a long way to go."
This morning, the Vols ran through the first half of their first two-a-day of camp at Haslam Field. They wore full pads during the two-hour practice and will don shoulder pads and shorts for the evening session, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
"They came after it pretty good, and we have plenty of time to recover," Dooley said. "We get two meals in them. We don't do the morning-afternoon deal - we do the morning and night, which allows them get a good meal after practice, recover and then another meal, which helps the recovery process."
UT continued to tinker with the order of its offensive line, as Notre Dame transfer Alex Bullard worked at left guard during the early portions of practice. Since he arrived in the spring, Bullard has worked at all three positions on the offensive line — tackle, center and guard.
"Since I've been playing college football, that's where I've spent most of time," Bullard said. "I went spring at center and tackle. Finally, I'm playing the guard position here. Guard in this offense is a little bit different than what I'm used to doing, but I feel comfortable at that position."