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Tennessee Opens Spring With More Experience, Depth

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is entering his third spring practice with the Volunteers with his deepest, most experienced roster to date. That doesn't mean he or the Vols expect an easier road ahead.

Tennessee begins spring practice Monday morning with plans to improve its running game, implement a new defensive scheme and to improve in the intangible skills that have been lacking over the past two seasons with so many young, inexperienced players.

With a 5-7 finish to the 2011 season, the Vols logged back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in a century.

Dooley estimates that Tennessee now has 24 players who have played more than 300 snaps, and the Vols have added seven midterm enrollees who will participate in spring practice.

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