KNOXVILLE (WRCB) - New University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley is still in the early stages of rebuilding the program. This week, part of that rebuilding included a few lessons on proper bathing techniques.
The lesson followed a small breakout of staph infections, which included defensive tackle Minor Bowens.
"We've had a few staph infections, so we did a clinic yesterday on proper shower technique and soap and using a rag," Dooley told reporters in Knoxville Wednesday.
"We put some new rags in. Y'all think I'm kidding, but I'm serious."
"We had, I told them, the worst shower discipline of any team I've ever been around. So we talked a little bit about application of soap to the rag and making sure you hit all your body. You know, you can neglect it trying to cut corners, and it shows in how you practice and elsewhere. I'm hoping we show some improvement in that."
In other injury news, guard Jarrod Shaw, center Cody Pope and wide receiver Denarius Moore should be available Saturday when the Volunteers host seventh-ranked Oregon. Each player missed at least some practice time this week but participated in Wednesday's practice in at least a limited role.
Tight end Luke Stocker also played a limited role in Wednesday's practice because of a sore shoulder, but is expected to be ready Saturday.
Kickoff with the Ducks is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Showers will immediately follow the game.