According to Derek Dooley, it’s scary how young the Vols will be in 2011.
Dooley told ESPN’s Ivan Maisel, “The frightening news is that as young as we were last year, we’re going to be even younger this year. If you look at our roster going forward, over 70% of our people are freshmen and sophomores next season.”
On the bright side, Dooley was glad to spend time developing players this spring. The first spring practice was about learning names, learning schemes, and figuring out how to practice.
“It was a monumental leap as far as what the expectation are, our systems, how we practice, how we install.”
A year ago, the Vols played a number of freshmen. Dooley said, “Our challenge is to get all of those players who flashed last year and turn them into dependable, every down players this year.”
What about quarterback Tyler Bray?
Dooley said, “Quarterbacking is a long journey. He is still in his infant stages. He lost a fourth round pick, a fifth round pick, and another real dependable receiver. It caused him (this spring) to think a lot more than he was use to.”
The Vols host Montana to begin the season. After hosting Cincinnati in week #2, Tennessee will travel to Florida.
In the meantime, Dooley will fight some K9's.