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Being lucky enough to attend Family Day on Saturday, I would like to pass on some of the things that I saw along with a few observations.
I don’t know much about the X’s and O’s of football, but it looked like this team was making a good attempt to do what was asked of them in practice. Every drill, every snap, it seemed like guys were trying their best to go full bore. In talking with a handful of players after practice was over, the common theme seemed to be that they weren’t quite used to going this fast or this hard while trying to pay attention to every little detail, but they knew the importance of it and the guys that I talked to were confident that they would get there in time. They said it best themselves: “We’ll get there; it’s just going to take some work”. And, “We just have to get ourselves in the best physical shape possible”. With it being only the second practice in pads, along with some new offensive plays thrown in and some VERY gusty winds, I don’t think it would be fair to judge any individual’s performance today, especially on offense.
My son and the other OL signees that were there were hanging out with Steven Moss, an OL recruit that they all think would be a good catch and they were trying to sell him on UT. The kid has a ton of offers. I found out after we left that my wife got to talk to Moss’s mom for awhile and she said that they had the same concerns as we had during recruiting and just wanted to find a place where they would feel comfortable leaving their son for the next 4-5 years. She told them that that was the main reason Dylan signed with Butch and Don Mahoney.
One thing we did that I thought was really cool was that after practice, all of the current players, signees and our families formed two parallel lines on the field ( a ”tunnel”, if you will ), from end zone to end zone and recruits and prospects got to walk across the field between us so we could all high-five them and cheer them on through. That was good stuff.
Another neat thing was when a guy came up and said “Hi, my name is Todd Kelly Sr. and I am really happy that your son signed with UT. Then he turned to Dylan and simply said “Just try to give your very best effort every day on the field and in the classroom, and let God do the rest.
We didn’t get to interact with all the coaches much because they were all so busy with the number of recruits on hand. We mainly tried to stay in the background and out of the way.
We did get a chance to meet the new running backs Coach Gillespie, a very accommodating guy who is absolutely stoked to be here at UT. He seems to be a high energy coach and should be a great fit here.
I think that Butch promotes family not only because it is important, but also as a means to try and achieve unity. Because we’ve been there, we know how important that is to some of the recruits. It was great to be a part of all this and I really hope our recruits noticed.
You can be like a doctor and look at it... you can be like a lawyer and talk about it... or you can be like a farmer and plow right into it.
Thanks for the behind the scenes look! I am excited to see what the future holds for the football team and looking forward to seeing your son in Big Orange for the next few years as well. Go Vols!
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1. by Todd Kelly, Sr., Vol legacy to welcome you and your son and
2. Letting the prospects run through the "T"unnel of current team family.
I was lucky enough to attend as well and while I think we will be much improved we have a way to go to catch up to our comp. no surprise there of course but man what a day. The mini Vol walk was awesome, the Butcher on the mic was awesome. I love the way he challenges his players and coaches but never calls them out, unlike his predecessor. Talked to a lot of support personnel and parents and they all thought DD was a jerk. Most were very open about their dislike of the man. Got to shake the Butchers hand and talk to him for a minute, what a great guy. He is going to be a master recruiter, when he talks to you it's like yer the only person in the world, very nice guy and engaging. Also talked to coach Jancek as well and his son Zack who is a QB at catholic, big rascal. Also a super nice guy and his wife was there and she came over and spoke with me as well. Just a great day to be a VFL, if you can get to a practice I highly suggest you go.
Thanks for the insight.+1 It is nice to hear what the parents think of the revolution taking place in Big Orange Country!
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Really appreciate you taking the time to post this for us. Great to have some personal, inside-insight. Wish your son the very best on and off the field.
Appreciate ya Mr. W! Glad you're a part of the Neighborhood. +1 GO VOLS!
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thanks guys... interesting stuff and great news.
Now thats the kind of update that gets me excited ! I envy you 1979. + 1 GBO
Awesome update OP. +1
Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Govols1979. This is a great first-hand account. Means a lot that you would share it with the board.
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+1, thanks for sharing. I like the atmosphere Butch Jones has brought to the program, and by the looks of recruiting and the anecdotes we've been hearing, it seems like people around the program really like it too.
Thanks, Kevin, but I want to make it clear that I don't get on here for up votes.
When It looked like our son was going to play for UT, I got on some of the sites down here to try and get a feel for what all goes on with Tennessee football, and to try to learn about college football in general.
This site was far and away the most informative and friendliest one that I found.
I recieved a lot of good info and learned some things by lurking around here, it feels like the right thing to do is to try and give something back.
Keep the info coming as much as possible. I certainly appreciate the insight..
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