Tennessee Vols true freshman defensive lineman Tyre West is going to be a fan favorite on Rocky Top and it took less than a week of fall practice to come to that realization.
Knoxville News Sentinel reporter Adam Sparks pointed out something that happened with West at Wednesday’s practice that I think Tennessee fans are absolutely going to love.
According to Sparks, West went through a drill and didn’t feel like the rep was good enough. Without being asked, West went back through the line — much to the surprise of Vols defensive line coach Rodney Garner — to do the rep again to make sure he got it right.
Favorite observation of Vols practice:— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) August 3, 2022
Freshman DL Tyre West went through chute drill (stay low, move fast). He did fine, but appeared frustrated. So, w/o being told, he sprinted to back of line and did it again.
DL coach Rodney Garner had a “didn’t you already do this?” look.
That might just be one moment in one practice, but I think it says a lot about West.
Part of the reason that freshmen don’t typically contribute right away (aside from the need to add strength/weight) is because they have to learn how to be college football players. They have to learn how to practice with a purpose. It’s a lot different than high school.
West, a former four-star recruit, clearly has a good grasp already on how college football players should practice. If he’s that intense and focused during practice, just imagine what type of player Tennessee will be getting during games.
The secret to success in the SEC is to win in the trenches. West, a Georgia native with a ton of upside, is a player that could help the Vols in the trenches immediately. And I have a feeling he’s going to gain a few fans along the way.
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