September 18, 2012
Derek Dooley didn't want the Florida hangover lingering into Tennessee's first day of full-scale preparation for Saturday's tilt against Akron.
So the Volunteers' coach passionately and loudly implored his team to seize ownership of this situation and season, now rather than later Tuesday morning inside the Neyland-Thompson Center.
Quarterback Tyler Bray, who attributed the Vols' sluggishness more so to gloomy weather than the Gators' victory, nonetheless felt the team responded.
"No, it's not tough at all. The last game, we can't go back and replay it so we've got to move on to Akron. And hopefully get a win and move on to Georgia," Bray said. "
We had a great practice; probably one of our best Tuesday practices that we've had as far as our energy level and tempo-wise."
Indeed, Dooley praised the effort but found plenty for his team to improve upon from an execution standpoint.
"They had good energy," Dooley said. "Made a lot of mistakes. Lot to polish up and clean up. But it was a good practice."
Dooley said he merely wanted his team to focus on a clean slate with nine games remaining, including this week's home contest before the Vols play three of their next four games on the road in Southeastern Conference play.
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