The Knoxville gym that’s a unique home away from home for Tennessee players

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On March 12, Tennessee practiced for the last time before the COVID-19 pandemic brought college football to an unexpected halt.

A week later, head strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald left for the New York Giants.

Tennessee still has four strength coaches on staff, but managing a roster of 100 players remotely means one-on-one time is limited. A few Vols sought a familiar face not bound by NCAA rules regarding time with players.

“The players were kind of lost,” said Devin Driscoll.

Driscoll owns D1 Training in west Knoxville and had been training Knoxville natives and Tennessee offensive linemen Cade and Cooper Mays since they were in middle school. He’s been training tight end Austin Pope since he was in seventh grade and coached him in 7-on-7. He started training fellow tight end and Knoxville native Jacob Warren when he was in high school. During summer and winter breaks, they’d all…

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