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Jones believes Vols' history can help them now

5:26 PM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
Butch Jones, courtesy UT Sports
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AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee's football players are getting extra homework this spring that doesn't involve studying the playbook or adapting to the Volunteers' new 4-3 defense.

New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is making sure every Volunteer learns something about the greatest players who previously wore their respective jersey numbers.

It's all part of Jones' plan to make sure his players understand the proud history of a program trying to bounce back from three consecutive losing seasons. He wants to make sure current Vols know their predecessors.

Vol for Life coordinator Antone Davis, a former first-round draft pick and All-American in his own right, provides information about each former Vol who visits campus. Jones' first spring practice session Saturday attracted close to 50 ex-Vols, including former Pro Bowl selections Jamal Lewis and Leonard Little.

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