Jones allows Tennessee players to speak to media again after Vols deliver better practice


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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee players are talking to the media again after improving their practice effort.

Coach Butch Jones canceled Monday's scheduled player interviews after a sluggish practice and said the Volunteers would have to "earn the right to talk to the media." Jones allowed players to speak with reporters again Tuesday after Tennessee practiced in full pads for the first time this training camp.

Jones said the Vols "attacked the day exceptionally well." He said he could sense a difference in his players as soon as the day began.

"I saw it at 7:30 this morning in our team meeting," Jones said. "I liked their approach. They were focused."

Players said they learned their lesson.

"We just knew we had to earn it," freshman cornerback Emmanuel Moseley said. "We told each other as a team we've got to do better to talk to the media, so that's what we did."

The Vols are relying heavily on a 32-man recruiting class and must replace all of last year's starters on the offensive and defensive lines as the Volunteers attempt to end a string of four straight losing seasons.

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