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Vols to go on the road in preseason

Tennessee will be taking part of its preseason camp on the road.

The Vols will practice from Aug. 9-15 at Milligan College in Johnson City, Tenn., which is about a two-hour drive from Knoxville.

"The week in Johnson City will provide a unique opportunity to build team unity and limit distractions,” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. “The opportunity to train away from campus also allows for a more efficient move into our new football training center and will reduce the wear and tear on our practice fields.”

The timing of the week in Johnson City coincides with the projected dates for moving all operations and offices of the football program into the new training center from the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. With the football team and most supporting units out of town, the facilities staff will be able to complete the move in a more efficient and organized manner and without the burden associated with having the team currently on-site.

With a considerable reduction in the time spent on the Haslam Field practice fields for seven days, there also is a greater probability that the fields will not have to be re-sodded in October.

“The decision to train off-campus this year is not only driven by the factor of our move into our new football training center but also by the opportunity to maximize the ability of our coaching staff to become further acclimated to one another and the team in a very controlled environment,” Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said. “I support Derek’s decision and feel strongly that we need to make this investment in our football program as we prepare to open our season in Atlanta. This is a one-time situation, and there are no plans to train off-site at any time in the future.”