Highlights, notes: Morning grind on Day 6

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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.

Wednesday morning 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 Wednesday:

  • Tennessee head equipment manager Roger Frazier and his crew were loading semis and moving vans full of equipment as the Volunteers get ready to head to Milligan College for more camp. Expectations are for several coaches and video workers to be moved into the new Football Training Facility while the Big Orange is out of Knoxville.
  • Mychal Rivera, who has a slight knee sprain, was doing work off to the side today focusing on his upper body. Derek Dooley said yesterday that Rivera would miss up to a week deeming the injury "not serious." On the other hand, freshman linebacker Kenny Bynum was not doing much at all during practice today. The freshman, who bulked up considerably over the summer, was on crutches and the plan is to have an MRI taken today. We will report the MRI results once they are passed along.
  • Scouts from NFL franchises such as the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans were on hand.
  • From the offensive side…

  • In the absence of Mychal Rivera, sophomore and Bristol, Tenn., native Brendan Downs has stepped into the starting role at tight end. Downs, who finished 2011 with three receptions for 34 yards, will likely be backed up by hybrid fullback/tight end Ben Bartholomew who is rotating back and forth between the two positions.
  • The No. 1 offense that featured Rajion Neal and Devrin Young sharing carries and Justin Hunter, Da' Rick Rogers and Cordarrelle Patterson as the receiver group gained audible praise from offensive coordinator Jim Chaney in the hurry up drill during the morning session. Chaney, who is not easily pleased, gave quite the opposite comments to the No. 2 offense who saw Marlin Lane and Tom Smith sharing carries.
  • From the defensive side…

  • Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri wanted to raise the level of concentration and aggression before practice got underway, making it a point to talk to a majority of the veterans to get them on board during stretching. As you'll see in our video footage, he looked like a general preparing his troops for battle.
  • As we pointed out yesterday, Darrington Sentimore has moved up to the first-team and is looking much more comfortable in orange and white.
  • Corey Miller spent Tuesday working with the JACK linebackers. The junior was back with the defensive linemen Wednesday.
  • In another example of attention to detail, several players into a drill, an end stumbled and Sunseri had everyone start over completely. Minor mishaps are not being overlooked.
  • As Dooley touched on earlier this week, where converted wide receiver winds up in the secondary is anybody's guess. He was back with the cornerbacks Wednesday. He spent time at safety last weekend.
  • Cornerback Eric Gordon, who missed Tuesday's practice for summer school, was back in uniform and a full-go.
  • See practice footage in the video below (double-click to enlarge):


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