Notes: Vols fighting through camp

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — 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.

Following the Volunteers over to Carter County, the IT crew is taking in the workouts with a watchful eye to keep its site subscribers as educated on the Big Orange as possible.

Tuesday afternoon 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 Tuesday:

  • It was another beautiful afternoon in upper east Tennessee as the Volunteers took to the practice field today at Milligan College. With temperatures in the upper 70s perhaps the most glaring flaw with the Vols trip to Elizabethon, Tenn., could be the sheer lack of heat over the last five days.
  • After a two-a-day practice Monday, the Vols have just one practice session Tuesday afternoon and will finished their trip with one final two-a-day practice Wednesday before returning to Knoxville on Thursday morning.
  • National Football League scouts from both the San Fransisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans were on hand. The 49ers are fresh off a 17-6 pre-season win over the Minnesota Vikings in Candlestick park this past Friday.
  • Doing calisthenics and Tour de France training off the playing surface were linebacker Christian Harris (knee), wide receiver Alton Howard (foot) and running back Tom Smith.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Tight end Mychal Rivera (knee) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) continue to be in red non-contact jerseys. Patterson, who apparently had a solid showing in practice Tuesday, was told by head coach Derek Dooley during stretching that it would be important to follow up yesterday's performance with another strong day. Rivera, who is still moving gingerly, was doing some jawing with defensive end Darrington Sentimore early on in first team vs. first team walk through early on in practice.
  • Returning kicks today was a similar group to that of the rest of camp. Patterson, Justin Hunter, Quenshaun Watson and Devrin Young were all fielding kicks. They also added tailback Marlin Lane to the mix, who claimed similar duties during parts of the 2011 season.
  • Working as the No. 2 offensive line were (left to right) Alan Posey, Marcus Jackson, Mack Crowder, Alex Bullard, Kyler Kerbyson. If you've kept up with our notes packages, you'll notice that's a somewhat different alignment of the same guys. Assistant coach Sam Pittman continues to work his men in different spots to make them multi-dimensional.
  • The quarterbacks and receivers did not look crisp in the early period. Passes that weren't on target or hitting guys in stride were bobbled far too often.
  • From the defensive side…

  • The first team defensive continues to be the same lineup of Sentimore, Maurice Couch, Daniel McCullers, Herman Lathers, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt, Jacques Smith, Brian Randolph, Brent Brewer, Marsalis Teague and Justin Coleman. In the nickel package you can subtract Couch and add Eric Gordon to the lineup at the star. In the dime, subtract McCuller and A.J. Johnson add Byron Moore at safety and Steven Fowlkes at defensive end with Brewer in the box rushing the passer.
  • Linebacker Curt Maggitt, who was in red following the early session and during the night session Monday was out of the non-contact jersey Tuesday and working normally with the first-team unit.
  • A former wide receiver himself during his days at Clarke Central (Ga.) High and Virginia, coach Derek Dooley spent time with the defensive backs as they drilled on the physicality of press coverage, offering words of encouragement...in a football coach's manner. Going head-to-head with one of the premier receiver corps in the country daily is a tall task for group that picked off just nine passes last season and contributed to a mere 16 sacks.
  • You can see highlights from Tuesday's workout out from InsideTennessee.com below:

    For a slideshow look at the players practicing at Milligan, scroll down (click to enlarge):


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