KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee second-year defensive coordinator Bob Shoop says that, like anything else, things are running smoother the second time around.
“Experience is the greatest teacher,” Shoop said following Thursday’s practice, the Vols’ fifth of 15 this spring. “Any time there’s change, sometimes it can create anxiety, but it’s been kind of refreshing.”
Shoop made it clear he’s been very pleased with the performance of new defensive assistants Charlton Warren and Brady Hoke, and he went out of his way to compliment the linebacker play under the direction of veteran assistant Tommy Thigpen.
“We are doing a good job fixing the issues that hurt us last year and playing to our individuals’ strengths,” Shoop said. “Through five days, we’re not ahead of schedule, we’re not behind schedule, we’re about right on schedule.”
Senior cornerback Justin Martin and junior linebacker Cortez McDowell were among the players Shoop singled out for praise.