KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It didn’t take long for Butch Jones and his quarterbacks to set the tone for Tennessee spring football.
Jones showed how much he has evolved as a head coach by staying off the bullhorn and letting his assistants coach their position groups, a sign of his control over the staff and his confidence in them on Tuesday.
Previously, Jones railed on players almost non-stop, his voice booming over that of his previous assistants and filled with messages meant to motivate.
But with the staff Jones has put together, and a consistent message across the board, the Vols’ head coach can now manage practice like most other established, veteran coaches.
That means Jones can focus on the finer points, coach the game at a higher level and allow his assistant coaches to manage the basics.
After practice, redshirt freshmen Jarrett Guarantano provided some insight into the team mindset when he confidently predicted an SEC Championship for Tennessee “soon.”
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discussed the first day of UT football spring practice in today’s podcast.