Stone's first effort fluttered two feet to the right of Bray's chin. His next snap was a spiral but it was fielded down around the quarterback's ankles. Shotgun snap No. 3 was caught in front of Bray's right knee and snap No. 4 was down around the QB's ankles again.
Stone must have made an adjustment at this point because snaps 5 and 6 were absolutely perfect - tight spirals that Bray caught directly in front of his chest.
Developing Stone into a consistent right-hand snapper is Job One this spring for second-year offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. So far, the Vol aide is pleased with the progress he sees.
"He's doing a good job," Hiestand said of Stone. "He's working at it. Spring ball ... that's what it's for. It's a process, and he's doing good."
Thursday's pre-practice work notwithstanding, Hiestand also is encouraged by Stone's shotgun snaps.
"He's doing OK," the line coach said.
Stone snapped well enough left-handed to start the last five games of 2010 at center. Because a quarterback gets the ball differently on a left-handed snap than a right-handed snap, however, Tennessee's coaches decided Stone should learn the conventional right-hand snap and ditch the unorthodox left-hand snap.
"Obviously, in the shotgun doesn't matter but under center it's awkward," Hiestand said. "When all of the other centers are right-handed, the ball comes up differently, so it's better for him to be a right-handed center. It's more consistent. Everybody takes the ball the same way, and there's not as many adventures."