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Jones reiterated that Team 117 would be Tennessee tough

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Looking to tame the Tigers Saturday, head coach Butch Jones and the Volunteers went back to a more physical practice on Tuesday.

After disappointing road losses to No. 1 Alabama and No. 9 Missouri, Jones made the call to practice in full pads.

"That's just one practice," said Jones. "You know to play a good football game, to perform to our standard and expectation, you know it's a building up process all the way through the course of the week and obviously a great, great quality of opponent in Auburn but I thought it was a very, very good and very productive start to the week."

Jones reiterated that Team 117 would be Tennessee tough, the slogan the Vols have adopted for the style of play and physicality they want to have each Saturday.

"Our kids understand the standard and expectation and I like their workman like mentality and I think when you have a relationship with your players like that its part of your job to motivate them but also it's a standard and expectation to which we're going to play football here," he said. "That's the standard of our football program."

A very thin team in terms of depth, Jones said that in order for Tennessee to compete with the best of the best the scout teams have to be more of a challenge.

He also felt it necessary for some first team versus first repetitions.

"Well it is a balancing act and you have to get your quality reps, you have to get your game speed repetitions but also you have to prepare for your opponent and their schemes and their different looks that they give you so that's why your scout teams - the teams that are the upper echelon of college football, they have tremendous depth," said Jones about having the starting offense face off against the starting defense.

"So even when you go scout teams the competition is there every day. Competition is what makes you better," he said. "But also depth in terms of if you're not ready to go, next man in and that's something we're building here but I think our scout team did a good job as well today but like I said that's one of few more that we need to prepare to play our best game on Saturday."


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