After seven practices in five days, three of which were full-contact affairs, Tennessee head coach 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.