Talking Points: Dooley's Relentless Pursuit of Continuous Improvement

July 19, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley speaks during the 2012 SEC media days press conference at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-US PRESSWIRE

Quickie Talking Points today:

Antonio Richardson still growing as a player, person " GoVolsXtra
Antonio Richardson didn't become "Tiny" overnight. The evolution of his nickname began when he was 15.

Corey Miller positive about second chance with Vols " GoVolsXtra
Make no mistake, Miller is grateful to be back in the fold. Getting a second chance has changed his outlook. "I had to change my focus and my mindset,'' he said. "Now I've got a completely different work ethic, so I'm happy about that. "Coming back to the team, everything now is a whole lot better with me. I look at everything with such a more positive outlook.''

Vols' Brent Brewer ready for test |
Brent Brewer smiled as he declared himself 100-percent healthy and better than before. Leaner and fully recovered from a significant knee injury, the Tennessee junior ultimately hopes his path ends full circle with him back along the Volunteers' last line of defense. "Everything feels great," Brewer, looking much closer to his listed weight of 214 pounds, said Sunday afternoon after UT's third training-camp practice. "My movement and strength are a lot better. I hadn't really talking to anybody who's been through [it], so I didn't know what to expect."

Notes: Tennessee Vols practice as full team for first time
"Of course, the key now is, how do we get them to improve every day?" Dooley said. "I think coaches always say, ‘Get better every day, get better.’ Y’all have heard me say, ‘RPCI — relentless pursuit of continuous improvement.’ "But I gave up three things I wanted those guys to think about on how you improve. One is being coachable. So many guys, their pride becomes an obstacle to their ability to improve because they don’t want to take instruction. It happens in all of athletics, so being coachable’s important. Having a plan on how you’re going to improve — identifying a few things each day. And then, the third one is — probably more than anything — valuing self-improvement over self-promotion. ...

Versatile Tennessee Vols freshman Justin King moved to H-back
Justin King, a true freshman from Atlanta, worked with UT’s tight ends and fullbacks Monday after spending the first three days of preseason camp at linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound King was moved for a couple of reasons, not the least of which being a sudden need for more bodies at the H-back position.

Tennessee Vols sophomore Vincent Dallas adjusting to secondary
After spending his first year at Tennessee as a wide receiver, Vincent Dallas approached Tennessee’s coaches following spring practice earlier this year about moving to defensive back. Vincent Dallas at Tennessee Tennessee sophomore Vincent Dallas moved from wide receiver to defensive back following spring practice earlier this year. Vols coach Derek Dooley and his staff didn't need much convincing. Four days into preseason camp, Dallas still is trying to settle into his new role, having divided his practice time so far between cornerback and safety.

Nashville asked to bid on Champions Bowl | The Tennessean |
Sports Council president Scott Ramsey said it was flattering Nashville was one of the cities asked to bid on the new Champions Bowl, but he is not sure if Nashville will.

Homepage | MrSEC
Ed. -- Evidence is beginning to mount that Florida's success under Urban Meyer was more Florida's success under Tim Tebow. Now that Meyer is at Ohio State, I guess we'll find out.

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