Aug. 14, 2009
Lane Kiffin decided his Vols needed a break. Kiffin cancelled Friday evening's scheduled workout, which was to be the second of the day, and took the team to a local bowling alley.
The Vols did work out Friday morning for a little less than three hours in preparation for the season's second scrimmage, which is set for Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
"With preseason game two tomorrow and coming off a very long and hard practice this morning, it was more important for us to have fresh legs tomorrow than to practice tonight," Kiffin said.
Camp Kiffin has developed a reputation in just two short weeks as being a brutal event. Most practices have nudged the three-hour mark and taken place in sweltering heat and humidity. Add to those elements the head coach's penchant for full-speed, full-contact drills and you have what amounts to a very hard day's work.
It's work the Vols hope will pay dividends in September, when Tennessee will play at least three afternoon games, two against BCS-conference opponents UCLA and Florida.
Friday night though, the immediate payoff for a tough week of practice was a trip to the lanes.
THREE VOLS ADDED TO PRESEASON WATCH LISTS
The second week of fall camp also brought news that three more Vols have been included on preseason watch lists for various awards.
Junior strong safety Eric Berry and senior linebacker Rico McCoy were included on the Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player) preseason list, while senior center Josh McNeil found himself on the Outland Trophy (interior lineman) list and junior kicker Daniel Lincoln appeared on the Lou Groza Award (kicker) list.
McCoy, McNeil and Lincoln follow senior tight end Jeff Cottam, who was announced as a member of the John Mackey Award (tight end) preseason watch list last month. Berry is also on the Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back) and Walter Camp Player of the Year watch lists.
College Football Rules Changes for 2009
The NCAA changed a few rules for the 2009 football season. One of the biggest differences: There won't be any changes next year. The body decided to start changing rules biennially.
Some of the other changes:
--Teams can now both wear colored jerseys as long as the home team agrees and the home team's conference agrees that the colors are sufficiently contrasting. This was done because USC was penalized for wearing red at UCLA last season. The Trojans were penalized a timeout after the kickoff, and UCLA took one immediately following to even things
--Conferences will review video of certain plays deemed dangerous due to helmet contact and, if necessary, impose further punishment. If a player is ejected, the review is required. NCAA rules officials said this was done more to emphasize safety than because of any incidents from last season.
--Punters will lose special protection if they run outside of the tackle box before kicking the ball. This will apply to rugby-style punters, who will lose protection from roughing and running-into-the-kicker calls if they are more than 5 yards from either side of where the ball was snapped.
--Another rule change rewrote the offensive formation rule to limit backfield players to four, thus eliminating illegal-formation penalties if only 10 men are on the field. Previously, the rule was written to require seven players on the line of scrimmage.
--End-of-quarter penalties won't cause an extra play if the infraction results in a loss of down.