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August 8, 2010
The leap from high school football to the Southeastern Conference is a daunting one, not so much from a physical standpoint as much as a mental one. Some coaches are even fond of saying freshmen 'don't even know what they don't know' to describe the hurdle that newcomers face.
Joker Phillips and his staff are methodically dumping volumes of information at their young players in hopes that when they go to full pads on Tuesday the freshmen will at least have a working knowledge of what the tea is attempting to accomplish.
"A lot of guys have opened up their minds and let us pour information down it," Phillips said. "This is the reason why we do it, like I said yesterday, so we can teach and get a lot of information to them in a short period of time. We're not going as fast and trying to slow things down so we can get a lot of things taught and then when we come together (Tuesday) we'll be practicing much faster."
One thing that's already become apparent is the thirst for knowledge the newest Cats possess.
"It will show up after we get everything installed," Phillips said. "You'll be able to tell once we get everything in and we go back to what we did the first day how much they are retaining. It's a work in progress but our young guys have got really good football knowledge and I.Q. so that's really helping us. We've tried to recruit guys who love football because if they love football they'll study on their own."
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Matt May is the football beat reporter for The Cats' Pause. If you have questions or comments about the Cats e-mail him here. You can also follow "@TCPMAY" on Twitter for live updates.