Perhaps alluding to a recent run of success on the recruiting trail, or the good feelings that coincided with the start of spring practice on Saturday, Jones said the sleeping giant of UT football was about to wake up.
"I think people around the country understand what we have here,” Jones said after practice Tuesday morning. “They’ve been waiting for Tennessee to wake up. And now we’re waking up.”
Jones said he told his team the first “real football” practice begins on Thursday, when Tennessee practices for the first time in full pads.
A situational scrimmage is tentatively scheduled for Saturday.
“We have a long way to go and I’m very impatient,” Jones said. “We have to come out Thursday with a great sense of urgency.”
Tennessee practiced indoors on Tuesday to avoid tearing up the wet outdoor grass fields. Find practice observations from the second day here, and visit GoVolsXtra for post-practice interviews with Jones players later this afternoon.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.