Vols forging “winning habits” in energized second week of spring practice

The Orange & White game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on April 24 in Neyland Stadium
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 11:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Back-to-back outdoor padded practice days filled with energy, physicality and attentiveness closed the second week of Tennessee spring football with positive momentum under new head coach Josh Heupel.

The Volunteers held their first full pads practice on Tuesday, while wearing shoulder pads Thursday and finishing off the week in full pads on Friday. The squad reviewed the practices in position meetings and ended Friday’s workout – the fifth of the spring – with a live goal line team period featuring first team offense against first team defense.

“At practice today, they competed really hard,” Heupel said. “We went into a third-and-short situation down on the three-yard line, two plays to get the ball into the end zone. Just compete and nothing matters about what happened during the first 22 or 23 periods of practice. It’s all about how you finish at this point. We’re learning how to have a winning mentality. That’s effort, that’s attitude, that’s learning how to be a tough football team.”

Two months at the helm in Knoxville, Heupel also discussed his program philosophy that continues to be forged daily in the building.

”In what we do, it is going to be fast, it’s going to be fun, and most importantly, there are going to be real relationships that are formed. We’re going to be real in who we are, and as recruits see that, they’ll find out that this is a pretty special place to come play football, grow as a football player and grow as a man, more importantly.”

The Vols will take the Easter weekend off before kicking off the first of three week three practices on Tuesday afternoon.

The Chevrolet Orange & White Spring Game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on April 24 in Neyland Stadium.

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