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Tennessee Fall Camp: Practice No. 7

by Dan Harralson
Aug 08, 2014 7:23 PM EDT



The Vols practiced for the seventh time Friday during fall camp. Today's practice comes before Tennessee holds their first fall camp scrimmage tomorrow night inside Neyland Stadium.

A lot has been focused on the offensive side of the ball early on in fall camp – due to the amount of skill position players that have joined Team 118. Tonight we look at the defensive side of the ball heading into the first scrimmage – and there are talented young newcomers defensively, as well.

After today's practice, Tennessee Defensive Coordinator John Jancek discussed tomorrow's scrimmage. "The big thing we'll judge in the scrimmage (tomorrow) will be effort.

"We've been full speed ahead and that's been a lot for the freshmen."

The newcomers have now been through the early stages of fall camp, dissecting all of the information coaches have given them, and now the scrimmage can place a measuring stick on where the players stand. "We give it all to them and keep repeating it to see how it sinks in," Jancek said. "Scrimmages are extremely valuable, it's the closest thing to simulating a game."

After tomorrow, there will be three weeks until the Vols will square off against Utah State – providing for a meaningful first scrimmage tomorrow to get a gauge where the players stand. "Guys are close," Jancek said. "It's not as detailed as we would like and it's inconsistent, we have to coach the same thing until they get it.

"Sometimes it's sink or swim out there. They're going to get it or not. So they have to do it, then we can correct it."