Tennessee opened preseason camp on Friday afternoon with what a fairly typical first practice in the eyes of head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

The Vols worked for more than two hours in the sun and the heat at Haslam Field in helmets and shorts and will practice Saturday afternoon before holding an open practice and Fan Day at Neyland Stadium on Sunday.

Pruitt was pleased with some of the communication and retention he saw from his team on both sides of the ball, and he also liked how some of the young players who made their practice debuts held up after making progress in the summer.

But it wasn't a perfect practice, and Pruitt knows he won't learn more about his team under they put the pads on in a few days.

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"Just like a first day of any practice, there's things that really excited you," Pruitt said. "You see some guys flash for the first time, but it's the first time you've been out there. We had a lot of guys that it was the first time they're together. To me, a lot of positives was (the) offense, huddle organization, getting in and out of the huddle, getting the plays run. We seemed to not have any problem with the verbiage, which is good, because there's two new quarterbacks out there. I felt like there was good communication on the defensive side.

"You can definitely see there's a lot of carryover from the spring until now, and you can see a lot of our young guys have worked this summer. It looked like the few meetings that you get to have during the summer, I think our older guys have done a good job of trying to help prepare them. The one thing that you can't do during the summer is you can't match the intensity that you have when practice starts, when the coaches are out there. The tempo, the players can't get that done on their own during the summer.

"Obviously it's a shock to the guys that it was the first time they've been out there. You look, some of these guys, I think they thought that we were halfway through practice and we hadn't even gotten through flex yet. That's always the case with these young guys. Usually there's a lot of nerves, lots of anxiety, but I thought it was a good day.

"Anybody can look good with headgear and shorts on. To me, right now is learning kind of about what to do and how to do it. When we get closer to putting on the pads, I think that tells you more about who you really are."