Darrington Sentimore after practice
The initial reactions held up through film study.
Both the good and the bad.
Derek Dooley again offered some praise for improvement from the Tennessee rushing attack and a defense playing with more tenacity after a weekend to evaluate video of the first football scrimmage of spring. And the same area that seemed to concern the Vols coach last Friday had his attention at practice on Tuesday morning after a rough outing throwing the ball, though the defense perhaps had something to do with that as camp progressed past the midway point.
"We didn't throw and catch very well, and that starts with the quarterback," Dooley said. "(Quarterback) Tyler (Bray) didn't play as well as he's capable of playing. We've got to do a better job at wideout of playing press when the (defensive backs) are challenging us. There are three or four teams in our league that play it like that, and it's different.
"You can't get frustrated. It's not clean, they're not giving you access, so we have to work on that and we just have to eliminate a lot of the mental errors."
The Vols went back to work at Haslam Field cleaning those miscues up after a couple days off following an outing that included some ugly numbers for the junior starter. And while Bray claimed responsibility for a few errant throws on the way to completing just 13 of his 32 attempts, there were other factors working against the offense than just accuracy issues.
The receiving corps is shorthanded with Justin Hunter on the shelf, the emphasis has been more on running the ball and the UT defense has created pressure with tight coverage in the secondary. But that certainly doesn't mean the Vols aren't looking for improved productivity through the air leading up to a second scrimmage on Saturday.
"I'm not disappointed in (Bray's) offseason and his spring, he's having a good spring," Dooley said. "He just wasn't as accurate, he wasn't as sharp as he's capable of being. I don't think it was anything that we start panicking over.
"He just didn't throw it as well as he can, and not having Justin sometimes hurt. We have a lot of guys out there at receiver probably trying to do too much. I'm not that concerned about it because he's working really hard to get better."
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