April 10, 2012

Dooley talks scrimmage, more notes

From the moment Derek Dooley first started talking about his football team this spring, the head coach has stressed the inherent need to make significant strides in the ground game. As a result, it wasn't surprising that Dooley's focus was on the offense's ability to run the ball as he reviewed Tennessee's first full squad scrimmage of the spring from last week.

It's obviously dangerous to draw too many firm conclusions in April, but the head coach was encouraged by a couple of things he saw in film study of the scrimmage, and one of those was the much-maligned ground attack.

"I think the two things that are kind of the headline(s) are we're showing a lot of improvement running the ball and we're playing a lot more aggressive with some toughness on defense. There's nothing more important than those two things," Dooley said of what jumped out at him in breaking down the scrimmage tape.

"We didn't throw and catch very well, and that starts with the quarterback. Tyler didn't play as well as he's capable of playing. We've got to do a better job at wideout of playing press when the (defensive backs) are challenging us.

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