Vols wrap up training camp with 'spirited' practice

Tennessee needs a new opponent to evaluate its own roster.

It also needs a couple days off.

It appears the end of training camp is being warmly welcomed by the Vols.

UT unofficially closed it with a workout Tuesday morning at Haslam Field, leaving only Wednesday night's "administrative" mock game as the only thing in between some rest and the start of game preparation for the season opener against Montana on Sept. 3.

"It was a really good, spirited practice -- finished early, good tempo, a lot of plays being made on both sides of the ball," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "That's always encouraging. We end it with a mock game tomorrow which is really more game administration than it is practice.

"Real pleased with how we're finishing up and I know everybody is going to be excited to get to game week."

The Vols aren't there yet, though the focus of the mock game is more about fine-tuning details related to a game-day environment than blocking, tackling or shuffling up the depth chart.

And once that's out of the way, the attention will be squarely on the Grizzlies.

"Just, you know, it's really more about substitution issues, getting in and out of the huddle, game administration, all those things that really just drive you nuts and really look bad from a fan's perspective," Dooley said. "We've got to get all those things right."

For more on the details UT is ironing out as training camp closes, check back to http://www.govolsxtra.com, pick up Wednesday's News Sentinel or follow@Vols_Beat on Twitter.

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Comments » 18

flytnn writes:

IT'S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LiveFaith writes:

I would be happy to squeak by the MGs, then the CBs, then just stomp an ugly mud hole in UF. Just for the surprise factor.

BobbyGraham writes:

Just make sure we have 11 out there

VolNavy writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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DC, I think you're being optimistic there. I don't see the gaturs doing better than 5-7....

VolzsFan writes:

Them Vols are closer to 4 wins than 7. Mark it down.

chattavfl86 writes:

Dooley is like his daddy. He talks down about his team, gives very honest and frank assessments unlike coaches that sugar coat things. Then the teams turn out to be better than you were lead to believe. If the coach demands perfection of course he will say his team isn't as good as he wants. Doesn't mean they aren't decent enough to win. If you watch what he says he has stated on a few occassions that he doesn't feel like we are championship caliber, but he gives you the feeling two sentences later that we could still be competitive enough to make noise in the east. For a team that has been through as much as ours, that's really saying something. 7-8 wins this year, see how the bowl shakes out. Im guessing gator or outback and hopefully a win and a post season ranking in the top 20. That's optimistic but not unrealistic. Winning the east may be a stretch, coming in second isn't.

516milesfromUT writes:

UT 45 Montana 10
UT 38 Cinci 20
UT 34 Florida 16
UT 63 Buffalo 7
UT 27 Georgia 9
UT 19 LSU 17
UT 17 Alabama 24
UT 28 South Carolina 21
UT 49 MTS 11
UT 27 Arkansas 31
UT 26 Vandy 13
UT 21 Kentucky 20

Ut represent SEC East
UT 24 Alabama 20
We go to the Sugar Bowl to take on Boise State
UT 33 Boise 20
It's ok Georgia, we beat them for you! Say goodbye to Mark for us!

lofter writes:

in response to BobbyGraham:

Just make sure we have 11 out there

Just make sure we don't have 12 out there!

VolGrad writes:

in response to BobbyGraham:

Just make sure we have 11 out there

No more; no less. No problem.

CroKev writes:

in response to BobbyGraham:

Just make sure we have 11 out there

I was thinking the same thing. BTW, it was 13 on our side of the field that fateful day...

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to 516milesfromUT:

UT 45 Montana 10
UT 38 Cinci 20
UT 34 Florida 16
UT 63 Buffalo 7
UT 27 Georgia 9
UT 19 LSU 17
UT 17 Alabama 24
UT 28 South Carolina 21
UT 49 MTS 11
UT 27 Arkansas 31
UT 26 Vandy 13
UT 21 Kentucky 20

Ut represent SEC East
UT 24 Alabama 20
We go to the Sugar Bowl to take on Boise State
UT 33 Boise 20
It's ok Georgia, we beat them for you! Say goodbye to Mark for us!

Well, OK, Everyone is undefeadted and optimism runs high.
GO VOLS !!!

go_vols_go writes:

in response to 516milesfromUT:

UT 45 Montana 10
UT 38 Cinci 20
UT 34 Florida 16
UT 63 Buffalo 7
UT 27 Georgia 9
UT 19 LSU 17
UT 17 Alabama 24
UT 28 South Carolina 21
UT 49 MTS 11
UT 27 Arkansas 31
UT 26 Vandy 13
UT 21 Kentucky 20

Ut represent SEC East
UT 24 Alabama 20
We go to the Sugar Bowl to take on Boise State
UT 33 Boise 20
It's ok Georgia, we beat them for you! Say goodbye to Mark for us!

That's a bold prediction..... and also my wet dream.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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Thats funny stuff!

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CroKev:

I was thinking the same thing. BTW, it was 13 on our side of the field that fateful day...

I thought I counted 16. We had so many guys running down the fumbled snap that we only saw the 13 still standing in the end zone. lol.

CCLC writes:

Dooley preseason decree: “Thou shalt exorcise the demons from your nether regions with fragrant soaps, murr, jockstraps and march into battle on the gridiron with the furor of potpourri and conquer thine adversaries in the name of rocky top.”

CCLC writes:

in response to go_vols_go:

That's a bold prediction..... and also my wet dream.

So while Derek Dooley is reading Shakespeare to his Tennessee team and teaching them proper showering technique, Richt simply has to find a way to motivate his talented team to play to their ability.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

johnlg00 writes:

in response to CCLC:

So while Derek Dooley is reading Shakespeare to his Tennessee team and teaching them proper showering technique, Richt simply has to find a way to motivate his talented team to play to their ability.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-foot...

This must be at least the 4th time you have posted this tired line. You must be proud of it. You're slipping, CCLC. I used to give you credit for coming up with something original on occasion. You aren't nearly as good at this troll stuff as a good half-dozen others I could name.

mikethehistorystudent writes:

My wife is a Gator fan. Her Dad graduated from UF. It has been too long since we beat Florida and I think we can do it this year. Brantley (sp?) is trash and the team is dealing with a new playbook this year. This is our time to crush them at their house. With Miami imploding UF will attract even more recruits in the next two years. Kick them while they're down.

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