Highlights, notes: Day 3 for Vol signees

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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 and Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, 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 night was no different as InsideTennessee ventured to another preseason camp workout to get as much information, photographs and video footage as possible.

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

  • A third straight late afternoon of rain showers hit Knoxville with preseason camp underway. With Haslam Field drenched, coaches decided to put the newcomers indoors for the second time in three nights.
  • With the No. 1 defensive unit comprised of newcomers, Corey Miller locked down defensive end with Trevarris Saulsberry bracketing nose guard Daniel McCullers. Justin King and Jordan Williams were outside linebackers with Kenny Bynum and Greg King in the middle. Geraldo Orta and Tino Thomas manned safety with Daniel Gray and Deion Bonner at cornerback.
  • Miller looks to be one of the few defensive linemen that will push the two-deep out of the evening session participants. Daniel McCullers will occupy space on sheer size alone but is undergoing quite a bit of education on how to play the nose guard position from assistant coach John Palermo.
  • Converted wide receivers Naz Oliver and Vincent Dallas worked at cornerback with Bonner and Gray. Williams and LaTroy Lewis worked under defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri in learning the JACK linebacker position.
  • Running back Davanté Bourque seemed to struggle during individual workouts with assistant coach Jay Graham and even showed signs of frustration at times. 
  • The offense was off pretty much the entire early period and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney let the team know about it in a colorful rant toward the end of team drills. 
  • Freshman wide receiver Drae Bowles has performed well each time out, looking quite fluid. He is definitely a bright spot in the first three practices. 
  • Alton Howard continues to attend on crutches and watch his teammates intently from the sidelines. 
  • Like the veterans, the newcomers switched roles in the early part of practice, which had the running backs working on form tackles, which to say the least was not a pretty site. 
  • Justin King continues to work the Wildcat offense and by himself looks to be getting more of a knack for it, however, the offense as a whole doesn't look nearly as crisp as one would hope. It will be interesting to see if King can snag some of the same reps when the two groups combine in Monday's practice. Marlin Lane has been getting the Wildcat snaps with the veterans.
  • So as to avoid confusion, note that Omari Phillips is wearing No. 50 and linebacker Raiques Crump is now wearing No. 40.
  • To get a look at the video highlights the InsideTennessee crew captured from the sidelines at Neyland-Thompson, click play on the screens below:


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