Thursday Afternoon Practice Report

The football team was back to work after a day off on Wednesday. As Spring Practice winds down, coaches are turning up the heat daily to see what their players can do as summer draws near.

The Vols were very intense on Thursday afternoon during their two-hour workout session. It was the kind of intensity that this team has not displayed in several months. It's the kind of intensity that Head Coach Phillip Fulmer says a team, "must have" at this point leading up to a season.

"I like the spirit and the attitude of this team," Fulmer said. "I've liked it since January to be honest with you." The coaches ran a two-minute drill midway through practice and the team got after it very well. The drill was more physical than most are, but that only steered the team to get after each other.

Mark Jones practiced at two positions during that stretch of practice. It is unlikely that Mark will see a lot of action on defense, but with the shortage in the secondary he will be forced to grin and bear it for the time being. Jones has been the most consistent of all the receivers thus far.

Matt McGlothlin continues to practice very strong with the defensive tackles. Dan Brooks is pushing him very hard to work his way into the top tier group. McGlothlin is walk-on from Pounding Mill, Virginia. His 6-0, 280 frame gives him the perfect leverage against the taller on the opposing O-line.

Antwan Stewart had an absolutely great practice on Thursday. He made several great pass breakups and picked off a Casey Clausen pass during the two-minute drill period.

Jarrod Smith also had a solid day throwing the football. Jarrod has a very athletic frame and could play a very big role for the Vols in the future as far at the quarterback position.

The Vols will have another full-scale scrimmage on Friday afternoon in Neyland Stadium before taking the weekend off.

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