Notes: Vols grooving at Haslam

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The 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.

Monday 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 Monday:

  • With classes beginning in just two days it was a busy day on the campus of the University of Tennessee with students stirring about. There is a new life about Knoxville when school gets rolling.
  • Monday's practice was the first time this fall the team came out to Haslam Field with musical accompaniment including tunes from artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soulja Boy, Lil' Wayne, Trick Daddy and others. Seems like a great time to give the team a little lift with some tunes given they are just a few days away from game-week preparations.
  • The National Football League representation was as big as it has been all fall with scouts from the St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers and Detroit Lions.
  • Former Tennessee head coach Johnny Majors was on hand to take in the sights and sounds of practice. This is the second time he has been seen watching the Vols preseason work.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Wide receiver Alton "Pig" Howard (foot) traded in his tennis shoes for actual cleats and a helmet for practice. He was still not running through individual drills, but he looked like he was itching for some reps. Running back Tom Smith (foot) was in pads, but was still in tennis shoes today.
  • Tight end Mychal Rivera (knee) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (shoulder) were in red non-contact jerseys.
  • From the defensive side…

  • Inside linebacker Herman Lathers, who didn't participate in Friday's scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, was in a red no-contact jersey for the second straight practice. The fifth-year senior continues to log time as the quarterback of the defense, participating with the first team. Although coach Derek Dooley remarked positively Sunday on the progress converted fullback Channing Fugate is making at linebacker, having Lathers on the field is key for this bunch.
  • The musical chairs theme for the secondary continues. Eric Gordon and Prentiss Waggner are pushing Justin Coleman and Marsalis Teague, among others, to be in the starting lineup come Aug. 31. Byron Moore, who intercepted Justin Worley twice on Friday, is playing with more confidence and is flying around much more like the player Tennessee envisioned when they signed him out of junior college.
  • Geraldo Orta, Vincent Dallas and Tino Thomas worked with the second tier of safeties.
  • Here's Dooley talking about the workout:

    This is how InsideTennessee sees the depth chart presently:

    Bold indicates returning starters
    WR 21 Da'Rick Rogers
    83 Zach Rogers
    WR 11 Justin Hunter
    36 Cody Blanc
    WR 84 Cordarrelle Patterson
    7 Drae Bowles
    LT 74 Antonio Richardson
    77 Kyler Kerbyson
    LG 71 Dallas Thomas
    68 Marcus Jackson
    C 64 James Stone
    57 Mack Crowder
    RG 72 Zach Fulton
    73 Darin Gooch
    RT 70 Ja'Wuan James
    67 Alan Posey
    TE 81 Mychal Rivera
    38 Ben Bartholomew
    QB 8 Tyler Bray
    14 Justin Worley
    TB 20 Rajion Neal
    19 Devrin Young
    PK 1 Michael Palardy
    27 Justin Coleman
    24 Eric Gordon
    Marsalis Teague
    23 Prentiss Waggner
    94 Darrington Sentimore
    90 Steven Fowlkes
    98 Daniel McCullers
    76 Daniel Hood
    44 Maurice Couch
    58 Marlon Walls
    55 Jacques Smith
    86 Willie Bohannon
    34 Herman Lathers
    46 Channing Fugate
    45 A.J. Johnson
    41 Dontavis Sapp
    56 Curt Maggitt
    40 Raiques Crump
    17 Brent Brewer
    22 Rod Wilks
    37 Brian Randolph
    3 Byron Moore
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