Derek Dooley on Leonard Little's visit with the team
Former Tennessee standout Leonard Little provided the Vols with some motivational words before Monday morning's practice at Haslam Field.
Coach Derek Dooley, though, wasn't happy with how the team responded during the two-hour session.
"It was a message we need, because we're not there yet," Dooley said. "Little sluggish today. Think some guys stayed out too late last night."
Regardless of the lackluster effort in the first practice since Saturday's scrimmage, Dooley was pleased with Little's visit, which wasn't just a one-time thing.
"Leonard's got his picture on the wall, he was an All-American, he was a part of one of those banners in there," Dooley said. "That's what we're playing for. He's a guy who lived it, he breathed it.
"I think he lost about four games in his career and then he went on to be a great NFL player. So, he represents everything to me that Tennessee is all about. The more guys like that come back, I love it when they get in front of the team."
After reviewing the film from Saturday's scrimmage, Dooley said nothing jumped out at him in either a good or bad way, but that doesn't mean the Vols are a "good team" yet.
"I keep saying we're improving, we're getting better, and I feel good about that," Dooley said. "That's all I can ask them to do. But we're not a good team. I don't know where we are as a team. But you can't ask them to be a great team today.
"You ask them to be better today than you were yesterday, and so far our team is doing that. It doesn't mean we're any good."Defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee) and linebacker Greg King (knee) each returned to practice Monday. Running back Tom Smith (knee) increased his workload but wore a red, non-contact jersey.