"It's going to be 75-25 (percent ratio) defense to offense early on for us,'' Martin said. "You graduate to the offensive side, where you learn to run your set plays and your techniques.''
The limited offensive work wasn't anything dynamic, but the insertion of motion-offense principles was a necessary step for Martin as he prepares the Vols for the upcoming season.
"If anything is going to look sloppy right now, I'd rather it be the offense,'' Martin said. "But one thing is the guys were all cutting hard off the screens, and that's a good thing.''
Martin said the biggest surprise through the opening practices is how well the incoming players have handled the level of intensity.
"The returning players, the veterans, like Cameron Tatum, they understand what's expected at this level,'' Martin said. "From an experience standpoint, all the players are on the same level with me, because they've never played for me.
"But the big thing is everyone is competing, so I've been pleased with that.''
Closed Practice: Today will mark the first closed regular-season practice. Almost all of the Vols' individual drill work practices were closed to fans and the media in August and September, but Martin said he would keep most of his regular-season practices open to the media.
"We're going to do some defensive one-on-one work and take some charges,'' Martin said. "There are going to be times when I want the guys to be able to fight it out without an audience.''
Threes Are Falling: While the Vols have been very limited in their scrimmage opportunities, it has been hard not to notice how many 3-point shots are falling in skeleton drills.
Trae Golden and Skylar McBee both appear to be shooting a high percentage.
"Me and Trae were kind of in the same boat last year, as far as not really being sure when or where to get our shots,'' McBee said. "When you're not sure it's your shot to take, that's tough.
"But I've seen Trae hit time and time again in open gym and practices. If Trae's open, I want him taking the shot 10 out of 10 times.''
Tobias' Take: Former UT Freshman All-American Tobias Harris still hangs out with his old teammates while taking four classes during the NBA lockout.
Harris said he's seeing Martin
make the kind of impact he expected.
"I can see how hard the guys are working, and you can tell they are committed to Coach Martin,'' Harris said. "All the hard work they've done will pay off. I see guys working harder on their own than last year.''
Summitt Healing: UT walk-on guard Tyler Summitt said he's still "three or four weeks" from participating in full-contact drills as he recovers from Aug. 24 surgery on his left wrist to remove scar tissue.
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeGriffith32