Spring Practice is officially underway for the Tennessee Volunteers football program. The 14 practices leading up to the Orange and White game on April 12th will be extremely important for the progress of this team. Will one or two of the QBs break away from the pack? What type of depth will emerge from the offensive and defensive lines? Who of the 14 early enrollees will pick up enough to be looked at as possible contributors going into the fall?
Undoubtedly, some questions about Team 118 will be left unanswered heading into fall camp…especially since the bulk of the 2014 recruiting class has yet to step onto the practice field. However, if enough of those questions are answered during the spring, that will obviously benefit the Vols and leave more time to focus on those questions that cannot be answered quite yet.
Notes from Day 2:
- At the beginning of practice, “You Dropped the Bomb on Me” by The Gap Band played over the loud speakers. Coach Jones dedicated that song to freshman CB D’Andre Payne. I’m not 100% sure of the reference to this, but that is obviously a poke at Payne early on.
- Jones preached “small details” and “habits” throughout the practice and got on to a few who exhibited some bad habits.
- In one-on-one drills, three of the WRs that are expected to be counted on took on their CB counterparts. CB Malik Foreman broke up a pass across the middle of the field to Josh Malone, Justin Coleman fought off Marquez North in the corner of the endzone to break up a pass, and Von Pearson made a tremendous catch in the same corner over Cam Sutton.
- During QB/WR drills, coaches continuously talked about catching the ball at eye level or higher.
- Von Pearson is a standout thus far at the WR position. The additions of him and Josh Malone will greatly help.
- In other breaking news…Jalen Hurd is a huge RB.
- Competition is the name of the game so far in practice. That was the common theme during post-practice comments from Cam Sutton, Corey Vereen, Mack Crowder, Marquez North, and Marlin Lane.
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