Dooley reviews the Vols' recent practice
The critical scrimmages are both out of the way and the finish line is in sight.
But rather than coast into the Orange and White Game and the offseason, Tennessee is instead narrowing its focus and trying to maximize its last week of camp.
That process started with some intense meetings and film review on Monday and continued with an energetic practice on Tuesday as the Vols got started on personal checklists of areas to improve with three workouts left this spring.
"We made a real point not to stick one foot out the door here this last week," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "We have three practices and we have another game, so this is a real important week to show improvement.
"We had every player identify two things that they need to improve upon the most in the last week, and we even keep moving some things around to evaluate players. This is another week, and it's an important week."
The Vols will cap it Saturday with their annual exhibition at Neyland Stadium, an event that hasn't typically been among the most important for Dooley in terms of evaluating his roster.
He suggested he would "probably do some things differently" than he has with the Orange and White Game over the last two seasons, though he didn't tip his hand and indicated the plans wouldn't be finalized until after practice on Wednesday. But either way, the things Dooley is looking for from the Vols in the final days of camp haven't changed.
"The mental outlook is the biggest thing," Dooley said. "When things get a little tough, in a scrimmage, in a game, how do we respond to it. That's something we did not do, and really we haven't done it well in two years, it's been a little disappointing and it's something I've always taken a little pride in as a coach.
"You know, we were able to do it pretty good at (Louisiana) Tech and we need to be able to do that here. That's when it gets tough, find a way to grit out a victory."
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