Oct. 13, 2009
Tennessee returned to the practice field Tuesday afternoon ready to pick up right where the Vols left off in Saturday's 45-19 win over Georgia.
Head coach Lane Kiffin said this week was crucial for moving past the SEC victory and preparing for the season's second half.
"I thought the energy was really good," Kiffin said of the nearly two-hour workout inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center. "Our guys came back and watched the film from the game, and still learned a lot from that. There were situations we could have done better, but I think they're in a good frame of mind.
"It was a big day for backups; our twos and threes got a lot of work. It's a valuable week for all of us, but especially for some younger guys and some guys who haven't had a chance to do a lot."
Tennessee's offense made the most Saturday of another strong defensive performance from Monte Kiffin's troops. The Vols scored six touchdowns, including four through the air, and Lane Kiffin said the positive vibe from the weekend was obvious.
"I think you see it certain positions. For instance, the receivers are more confident right now than they have been. They came out and had a good practice today, building off a four-touchdown performance. There were a lot of big third-down plays in the game.
"It was good to see and it's good to see confidence building and guys carry it over."
UT (3-3, 1-2 SEC) is idle this week and visits second-ranked Alabama on Oct. 24.
"As you create momentum, you want to keep going," Kiffin said of the bye week. "But at the same time, we will be healthier and guys will get a lot of reps this week. It will improve our team and give our guys a chance to do a lot of weight work as well."
"It's also a big academic week for them to get caught up."
Tennessee practices again Wednesday before taking the rest of the weekend off. The Vols are working indoors these two days to allow the re-sodding of Haslam Field's grass surface to take root.
-- Jonathan Crompton and Daniel Lincoln are the two most recent recipients of the CAREacter Star Athlete of the Week. Crompton was just named SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his 310 yards passing and four touchdowns against Georgia, and Lincoln has converted 8-of-10 field goals this season to move into sixth on Tennessee's career made list.