As the Tennessee Volunteers prepare for the 2017 season and try to replace a number of key players on both sides of the ball, the progress this summer has been slow.

On Wednesday night, the Vols scrimmaged at Neyland Stadium, and the results were mixed. Coach Butch Jones said there were plenty of good things that happened, but the Vols still have a lot of work to do.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Jones told 247Sports that his squad still has a lot of growing to do if the Vols are going to have another solid season in 2017:

“[T]hat’s what this team needed, was to play football,” he said. “We have a long way to go, and it’s just the overall discipline to execute. The ability to focus, especially when its the eighth or ninth play of an extended drive, and focus at the end, it’s all about owning your conditioning. A lot of many great teaching points in situational football that we have to get corrected.

“I thought it was productive, but we’re nowhere we need to be game-ready. We’ll do it again at some point in the next couple of days because we need that, but just the focus and the small details … we have to get a lot better in a hurry with those.”

The good news for the Vols is they have a couple of extra days to get ready for their Week 1 matchup, as they don’t play Georgia Tech until Monday, Sept. 4, as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game festivities in Atlanta.

How many more scrimmages the Vols have before then remains to be seen, but Jones will do everything he can to get his squad ready for Sept. 4.

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