Notes: Vols return to Haslam

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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 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 use Sunday:

  • The Volunteers got back to work Sunday afternoon after getting a day of rest Saturday for Tennessee's annual media day in Neyland Stadium. Temperatures at Haslam Field were in the high 70s.
  • Former Ole Miss commitment and three-star outside linebacker prospect Mario Mathis was present for practice. FOX Sports NEXT rates Mathis, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, as the No. 74 outside linebacker and who recently had his offer pulled by the Rebels due to a ACL injury suffered during his junior season.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Athlete Alton "Pig" Howard (foot) and tailback Tom Smith (foot) were both out of their boots and in pads for today's practice. Both weren't in cleats, but were moving around gingerly during individual drills.
  • Tight end Mychal Rivera (knee) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) were both in red non-contact jerseys once again. Patterson continues to say he would like to come out of the jersey, but added Saturday that it was up to coach Derek Dooley and the training staff.
  • Redshirt junior and Memphis, Tenn., native Greg King was moved to linebacker following the injury to sophomore Brendan Downs (patella). Others moving to the position included walk-ons David Page, Charles Folger and Ryeon Wedley. It's been a patchwork job to keep bodies healthy for assistant coach Charlie Coiner to teach as now six players have been added or switched since training camp got underway.
  • Wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cody Blanc were both lined up in the slot with the one and two offense respectively.
  • The focus with freshman tailback Quenshaun Watson looks to be getting him the ball in space on the edge, where he has excelled early in training camp taking the ball 61 yards to paydirt in the first scrimmage at Science Hill (Tenn.) High School.
  • From the defensive side…

  • Linebacker Herman Lathers (quad) was in a red non-contact jersey today, which is a step in the right direction after missing the Vols second scrimmage of training camp Friday evening.
  • Safety LaDarrell McNeil (hamstring) shed his red jersey for the first time since the Vols returned from Milligan College.
  • Linebacker Christian Harris is picking up his work on the sidelines at practice daily. The redshirt freshman has been in full pads for some time now, and he's logged enough mental reps to where he won't be terribly far behind from the neck up. However, full-speed contact for the first time in months will require some slight adjustment as there is sure to be rust technique-wise.
  • Watch as Dooley talks about Greg King's move to tight end and more:


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