Notes: Pre-game prep continues

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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.

Tuesday 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 looks as though the Vols will spend the entire week practicing indoors at the Neyland Thompson Sports Center. Again, the theory behind this is staying on the turf in preparation for the season opener in the Georgia Dome this Friday.
  • Just one scout from the National Football League was present at practice today representing the Houston Texans.
  • With gameday approaching the Vols took part of the individual periods early in practice to work on their pregame drills.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Freshman wide receiver Jason Croom (hamstring) doesn't have any visible wrappings and has been participating fully in individuals drills.
  • While the rest of the team was in pads, athlete Alton "Pig" Howard wasn't participating in drills and wasn't in his shoulder pads.
  • Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson continues to wear a green non-contact jersey, but he told the media Monday he believed it to be cautionary on the part of the training staff.
  • The tight ends group continues to be extremely thin as Justin Meredith, Joseph Ayers and Brendan Downs were all on the bike today.
  • From the defensive side…

  • Linebacker and team captain Herman Lathers (quad) looks to be back up to full speed after wearing a non-contact jersey during the majority of fall camp.
  • Maybe it is just us, but there is something more imposing about Daniel Hood when he is wearing No. 97. He just looks bigger. We can offer no explanation.

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