The most competitive spring since Derek Dooley took over as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers is nearly complete.
The Big Orange trotted out to Haslam Field for the first day of their final week of spring workouts on Tuesday morning.
"It was a really good practice," Dooley said. "I think the players came off that second scrimmage. We got after them pretty good yesterday in the meetings, just about trying to make the game a little more personal.
"I told the team it's one thing to play hard, give effort and all of that stuff but there's a zero-sum element to this profession. There's a winner and a loser. You have to at that moment of truth have that mentality that you refuse to lose. That's what has to drive you. They did a really good job today and we'll see how they respond on a back-to-back tomorrow."
The Vols are slated to start popping the pads again on Wednesday morning at 9.
To get a look at footage of Tuesday's practice, click play on the video below:
To see Dooley speak in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center after the workout, click play below: