The Vols were back on the practice field on Tuesday and based on the video content provided by Tennessee, Josh Heupel’s focus in practice is on the game’s most important position.

The competition to earn the starting role in Heupel’s offense is expected to run all the way into training camp leading up to the coach’s debut season on Rocky Top but spring camp will provide plenty of opportunities for Tennessee’s quarterbacks to impress their new coach.

Sophomore Harrison Bailey, Virginia Tech graduate transfer Hendon Hooker and redshirt sophomore Brian Maurer are all currently battling it out — with true freshman Kaidon Salter expected to throw his hat into the ring once he comes off suspension and is allowed to hit the practice field.

During a recent media availability, Heupel shared some insight into his offensive philosophy and how important it is for his quarterbacks to come to the field with an attacking mindset.

“We used the code word attack,” Heupel said. “That’s a big part of who we are inside of our building. At the quarterback position in particular, I thought they handled the tempo portion of some of our team sets extremely well and handled the communication piece of it.

“They played within themselves. They made some mistakes out there, but they did a lot of really positive things too. The thing that we’ve challenged our guys on is ‘Don’t make the same mistake twice. Be coachable. Accept the coaching in a positive way.”

Here is a video of the latest Tennessee practice, which starts with Heupel working with his quarterbacks.

Cover photo image comes courtesy of Tennessee Athletic Communications

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