Work is work, some harder than others and some most definitely different from others.
A new era of Tennessee Volunteer Football began here today as Lane Kiffin led his team into the first day of fall camp, a sign that a new season is on the horizon.
While media and fans only saw the work that the team put on the practice field today, Kiffin admitted his players had been going at it for a while on Tuesday.
“We started very early in meetings with the players,” Kiffin said. “They have definitely worked hard today, we will see how much quality work we got done today after we watch the practice film.”
The players not only attended meetings with coaches, most attended summer school classes before returning to the practice field for the day’s opening practice.
“This isn’t a normal day one,” Kiffin explained. “We put them through more than we would normally do in one day. We got a weeks worth of work in today.”
Kiffin is excited to learn more about his new team.
“There is so much to do,” Kiffin said. “We will be here tonight, meeting with players, watching film, and getting to know these players. There are a lot of young new guys, it’s a very exciting time for our coaching staff and team.”
Teaching was a big part of today’s practice, but an aggressiveness and high intensity was highlighted throughout the workout.
Coach Kiffin out ran a lot of players from drills to drills and there was no walking allowed at anytime.
“I have never seen such an high intensity practice,” one high school coach said. “There is no wasted time and no wasted reps. It’s one of the most organized practices I have ever seen and I have been going to college practices for a long time.”
The team began fall camp day one at 6:30 a.m. going through walk through and blitz calls, something that Kiffin feels will benefit his new team in the long run.
“We got a lot accomplished,” Kiffin said. “Now we have to continue to work hard and get better everyday.”
The three hour practice was pushed indoors due to lightening and a severe thunderstorm that passed through Knoxville.
Practice Wednesday will again be at 2:45 p.m.
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for First Impression Notebooks by Randy Moore and James Bryant. We will also have other feature stories along with photo galleries of Tuesday’s practice.