Derek Dooley on the first day of spring practice
The prediction came true.
Derek Dooley made clear before spring camp opened that he wasn't expecting to be pleased with the first workout, and the Tennessee coach seemingly got just what he anticipated as he walked off the practice field.
But the most important thing to him wasn't how the Vols looked on Monday morning. It's how they take their initial workout and turn into something a little more appealing the next day that matters more to Dooley at this point.
"It was a typical first day," Dooley said. "Effort was good, and I expect it to be that way. But we have a long way to go from a discipline standpoint of knowing what to do, knowing how to do it, knowing why it's important to do it that way and then going out there and doing it the right way.
"It was sloppy from that standpoint. But the key, of course, is how we learn from it and and how we don't go out there the next day and make the same mistakes. No matter how hard you train, without real practice you can't prepare for football without playing football."
The Vols had gone a full four months without the chance to do that, though they are still a few days away from getting to go full-contact and really get back in the flow of the game.
They worked out with helmets on but no pads for just more than two hours on Monday, which helped knock off some rust but didn't exactly give Dooley many answers yet for all the questions about his third team at UT.
"The key is not what you look like the first day. It's how you take the first day, watch the film, apply it to the second day and grow from there."
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