So of course, in a move straight out of the diabolic coaching handbook, Jones came into Tuesday’s practice on a warpath.
He screamed and screamed. He charged after players. He called out individuals from 50, 70, 100 yards away thanks to his handy microphone. He ratcheted up his array of nerve-snapping sound effects through the speaker system.
Even the weather cooperated, tossing a quick jab in the form of a downpour midway through practice.
“(Monday night) was a grueling practice; very physical,” Jones said Tuesday. “So I really wanted to see the maturity of this football team — how we’d come back after a night practice, a two-a-day session and see our mental make-up our mental capacity in how we approach the day.”
Jones offered encouragement at times, but was mostly miffed. Over and over, Jones barked in the microphone, “Details!” and “Habits!” — the two fundamentals he says dissipate as camp fatigue sets in.
Freshman wideout Josh Smith got a healthy berating for casually carrying the ball.
“You’re not playing Knoxville high school football anymore, Josh,” Jones bellowed. “This isn’t Knox Catholic. If it was, Alex Jones would be coming up for the strip.”
If you’re curious, Alex Jones is Butch Jones’ 16-year-old son.
“We’re developing, but we need to pick it up,” Jones said. “I told our football team this: ‘The way we finish this week is going to be critical in the evolution of our football team.’ ”
The Vols will return to a two-a-day regiment Wednesday. And they can expect more of the same.
“There are too many dropped footballs, jumping offsides, lining up offsides and then, quite simply, the fundamentals,” Jones said. “Our ability to push through negative situations is what we have to do a much better job of.”
Juin on the MoveAnother Vol has changed sides of the ball. Running back Reggie Juin moved from the offensive backfield to the defensive backfield to address the much-discussed depth issues in the secondary.
The redshirt senior played defensive back as a freshman at Tusculum College before transferring to UT for track and field and a spot on the Vols’ scout team.
Additionally, as was reported Monday, freshman Jalen Reeves-Maybin continued to work as a linebacker instead of safety, while wideout Vincent Dallas remained at cornerback.
All Four QBs Throw: All four UT quarterbacks took a full allotment of throws Tuesday, bucking the trend of at least one taking a day off to rest his shoulder.
Play of the Day Backup wide receiver Devrin Young notched the play of the open period on a 14-yard gallop into the end zone. Peeling around the left side of the offensive line, the junior hurdled a diving Dallas, his former fellow wideout, and cleared him with ease on his way to a touchdown.
Couch Almost ReadyDefensive tackle Maurice Couch (calf) is no longer on crutches and participated in drills wearing a non-contact jersey.