Azzanni hoping UT Vols' receivers build off 'big-time' performance

photo Receivers coach Zach Azzanni watches the Orange and White game Saturday at Neyland Stadium in this April 20, 2013 file photo.

KNOXVILLE - The payoff for the performance was a loss.

It was still rewarding to some degree, though, for Zach Azzanni.

Tennessee's receivers coach saw his young group of wideouts turn in perhaps their best collective performance of the season in the overtime loss to Georgia last week, and Azzanni hopes the Volunteers can continue to build from it.

"It was big-time, and I think as a group, they understand maybe why I'm so hard on them and why we train the way we do and have the habits we do, because it showed up when we needed to," he told the Times Free Press after Tennessee wrapped up its open-date practices Wednesday at Neyland Stadium.