Tennessee Football: Volunteers’ 2016 Offseason Summer Checklist
It’s the time of year where we all sit around, grab the nearest calendar and tick off the number of days until the Tennessee (or insert favorite team here) football season starts.
Most everybody is enjoying the hottest months of the year around some body of water or on a baseball diamond somewhere, but in the back of every real football fan’s mind, you’ve got the pigskin on the brain.
For the actual football players and coaches themselves, this is their time out of the spotlight. But away from the scribes’ tape recorders and the glare of the television cameras, it’s where championship programs begin to sprout from the seclusion of weight rooms and practice fields around campuses across the country.
The Vols hope to be no different. Coach Butch Jones always takes a meticulous, calculated approach to every moment of the offseason. So he’ll have players on proper weight regimens, conditioning or rehab programs and utilize every moment he has with his team in the film room.
Like most coaches, Jones is dialed in to what needs to happen with every individual.
For some, it’s maintaining that star potential. For others, such as center Coleman Thomas, it’s taking that next step to being an elite player, Jones recently said at a Big Orange Caravan stop, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press‘ Patrick Brown:
Coleman’s made great progress and taken tremendous strides. We expect a big summer out of him. He’s really committed himself in the strength and conditioning area in getting stronger. He’s an individual now who’s played a number of snaps for us, has been in a lot of battles, so to speak, and understands what it takes now to prepare at this level. I think it’s a testament to his work as he continues to grow and elevate his game.
When you’re referring to individuals, you know you’ve got a detailed mental list. Let’s take a look at some of the things that need to be on there as the Vols begin marking things off their summer checklist on the way to one of the most anticipated seasons in a long time on Rocky Top.