KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Butch Jones called Wednesday morning’s non-contact practice “class on grass,” saying it was a matter of bringing team meetings onto the practice field.
“I thought (it was a) productive day, not out here too long. It’s almost like class on grass – a lot of end of the game situations, one minute type drills, some last second field goals, a lot of special teams emphasis, I like the way our players came out,” Jones said. “As we go throughout the course of training camp, now this is where your team is starting to from some toughness and some leadership — when it starts to become a grind a little bit.
“The thing we have to do a better job on is just overall execution in all three phases. I’ve liked our tempo, I’ve liked our effort, but the small details of what it takes to play winning football are not there yet. They’re not game ready, but again that’s why you practice.”
Mike Griffith covers Tennessee for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s SEC Country and lives in Knoxville.