March 12, 2009
The Tennessee football team was greeted with temperatures hovering near 40 degrees, gusting wind and constant rain as it took the field for the second workout of spring camp Thursday at Haslam Field. Conditions like those are not conducive to great quarterback play, but Tennessee's signal-callers, who collectively struggled throughout the 2008 season, have more than weathered the storm early in Lane Kiffin's first spring as the Volunteer head coach.
"I thought the quarterbacks played great again today," Kiffin said. "They completed 74 percent yesterday and almost everything today. I'm proud of where that's going."
"They've had great composure. We're not in pads, but still there's a lot of stuff being thrown at them: a lot of plays, a new offense, a very aggressive defense. They're relaxing, doing things and hitting some big plays. They hit a lot of big plays in 7-on-7 and in team. Our guys are making plays for them down field."
The team as a whole matched the intensity of Tuesday's workout despite the drastic change in weather. Another energetic effort Friday night would send the Vols off to spring break with a pleased coaching staff in their rear view mirrors.
"They could have come out today and said, `Well, we're going to the stadium tomorrow. We're putting the pads on tomorrow. Let's take it a little bit easy. The coaches got them cranked up in warm-ups and they responded,'" Kiffin said.
The team will wrap up its first week of practice with an open workout for fans Friday at 7 p.m. in Neyland Stadium.
The building will open at 6 p.m. and fans should enter through Gates 1, 2 and 3. Due to other events on campus, all parking will be paid. The most convenient parking locations will be in the G-10 garage or 11th Street garage.