Vols' fall camp: Accountability breeding healthy competition

Vols' fall camp: Accountability breeding healthy competition

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Vols' fall camp: Accountability breeding healthy competition

KNOXVILLE — Three practices are complete for Tennessee in fall training camp.

With Jeremy Pruitt coming in as head coach, so has the process of implementing a 3-4 defensive scheme. Part of the process and the ability of being successful this season defensively will rely on leaders stepping up and holding teammates accountable.

Finding leaders on defense and throughout the team is important as fall camp continues and game week gets closer.

One important piece that is playing in the scheme and holding teammates accountable is junior linebacker Daniel Bituli.

“A lot of guys on this team take a lot of pride in Tennessee,” Bituli said. “So we’re just holding each other accountable. If I’m ever down there not doing what I’m supposed to be doing, they’ll do the same to me. That’s what we expect from each other.”

Holding teammates accountable not only makes players better, but also breeds healthy competition.

“The competition is good,” he said. “We all want to push each other. Competition is good from the standpoint that everybody else at other positions is fighting for a spot as well. We want to keep that mentality all throughout camp and all throughout the season, just continue to push each other.”

Bituli said ahead of practice No. 3 that the “transition has been hard” to the 3-4 scheme, but he “loves football and enjoying every second of it.”

“I played 3-4 in high school,” he said. “So I’m kind of familiar with the whole defensive scheme. But regarding football, I’m a football player, I’m here to play football and earn my education. I love the sport, so going in and being able to watch more film and stuff, those are all things I enjoy doing and things I don’t take for granted.”

Bituli is playing both the MIKE and WILL linebacker spots and says it is “really all the same” playing the position.

“I like how multiple we are,” he said. “The coaches do a good job of moving me around a lot from MIKE and WILL.”

 

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