Highlights, notes package: Day 3 for Vol vets

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The InsideTennessee.com staff of beat reporters hasn't missed a Tennessee football practice since Josh Woodward took over as the magazine and website's publisher.

Stationed at various parts of Haslam Field, the crew is taking in the Volunteer workouts with a watchful eye to keep its site subscribers as educated on the Big Orange as possible.

Sunday afternoon was no different as InsideTennessee was swallowed in by the heat and humidity of the August weather in Knoxville to get as much information, photographs and video footage as possible.

Here's a look at what stoke out to us Sunday:

  • After two days of preseason summer camp having to work in shorts and helmets, Tennessee incorporated shoulder and thigh pads on Day 3. It's a welcome change for the staff as the depth chart should be easier to maneuver as the level of toughness can be more easily measured with the heat and the grind, which helps figure out who can be depended on in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior outside linebacker Willie Bohannon was placed in charge of huddling the team together for the "breakdown" following stretching and before the brunt of practice. The Mobile, Ala., native is one of eight fifth-year seniors on the roster.
  • The defense and offense reversed roles at the onset of outdoor work as linemen and skill players worked on pad leverage and tackling technique. It was something of a comical performance by some Vols as they were being educated on aspects of football obviously beyond their scope.
  • The defensive side of the football worked on ball security this afternoon. Needless to say, when some 300 plus pounders get in a line and try to strip the football from each other things can get very interesting. Stay tuned for highlights of the drill today.
  • James Stone continues work as the No. 1 center with Darin Gooch as the only other center among the veteran workouts. Alex Bullard continues progress as a utility lineman, most notably getting experience out wide in case either tackle (Antonio Richardson, JaWuan James) goes down. As we mentioned Saturday, per coach Derek Dooley, Stone will snap left-handed but only when the quarterback is in shotgun formation.
  • Linebacker Christian Harris (knee) participated in the early portion of individual drills today in pads like the rest of his teammates. This is another good sign for Harris who continues to be ahead of schedule in his rehab following ACL surgery this spring.
  • The new crows nest on the Football Training Facility is in working order and was used for film practice this afternoon.
  • Justin Hunter was in a full length leg compression sleeve during Saturday's practice, but Sunday it was gone again. Brent Brewer and Rajion Neal, however, were wearing their sleeves once again.
  • Derek Dooley spent time, once again, with the running backs group during individual drills. It is very evident that Jay Graham has brought a whole new fire to that position group. As the biggest question mark on the offensive side of the football, the running backs are working extremely hard on all aspects of their game each day.
  • The Wildcat package with tailback Marlin Lane looked to operate much more smoothly today after several days of work. Derek Dooley still isn't sure how much the offense will be used this fall, but it is getting plenty of work in the early periods of practice.
  • Working as the starting defensive line were Steven Fowlkes, Marlon Walls and Greg Clark; A.J. Johnson, Herman Lathers, Curt Maggitt and Jacques Smith at linebacker; Brent Brewer and Brian Randolph as safeties; Prentiss Waggner and Justin Coleman at cornerback.
  • Watch highlights of this afternoon's practice from Haslam Field below:


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