KNOXVILLE — After three days of training camp, Tennessee coach Butch Jones will address reporters shortly.
The Volunteers will practice Thursday evening before taking Friday off to gear up for Saturday’s first workout in full-pads.
Stay tuned for updates.
- Butch Jones is not in the house yet, but the Amway Coaches Poll was just released and Tennessee checked in at No. 10, behind only Alabama (No. 1) and LSU (No. 6) in the SEC. The Vols did receive on first-place vote, though.
- Jones said three days in, “We’re still in the infant stage of developing our identity.”
- “Always competing never comparing.”
- Jones harping on team need to focus on fundamentals, said putting on shoulder pads “speed up the game” a bit on the offensive line. The unit struggled a bit, per Jones.
- Jones disagrees with star tailback Jalen Hurd, who said Tennessee is ready to play a game today: “I love his mindset. That’s what makes him special, but we have a long, long ways to go.”
- “We need to embrace the day. … That’s the beauty of training camp. Everyday is an opportunity for growth.”
- Jones “exceptionally pleased” with newcomer receivers. “They’re still puppies.”
- “I think the entire freshmen class is doing a good job.”
- Jones a bit critical on the secondary’s practice Wednesday. “We had way too many penalties. … I expect more from that group and I know we will get more.” Jones cited lack of details, fundamentals but did praise the unit’s athleticism and potential.
- Managing Hurd’s reps in practice is “a fine line,” per Jones.
- Jones wasn’t thrilled with Hurd’s treadmill video, said he had to look away and then called the tailback and told him “to be careful.”
- Jones keeps a journal, has had one for nine years. “Everyday I go home I spend about an hour of thinking what I could have done better.”
- Former UT star Deon Grant will speak to the team on Friday, stay around for Saturday’s practice.
- “I’ve been very, very pleased with our defensive front, especially their speed off the edges.”
- Jones harping on “positive competition,” cites learning message from Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carrol. “Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Worry about you. Do your job.”
- Injury updates: DT Shy Tuttle remains limited. Latrell Williams is nursing a hamstring, expect to get back “next week.”
- “Really from an injury standpoint, it’s status quo at this point.”
- “You can never have enough depth on the offensive line.” Jones stressed the need for “eight or nine guys” in rotation.
- Jones has been “very impressed” with the way the team has responded to the schedule.
- Jones on being ranked No. 10 – “I don’t read anything into that. … One minute spent even thinking about that is a minute wasted you could be spent working on your football team.”
- Jones said his retweet-binge is a “mental release.”
- “I’ve had my thumbs popped a bit.”
Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com