Vols hard at work

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Tennessee may not be squaring off with an FBS opponent this week, but that doesn't mean the Vols are taking Georgia State lightly.The team was hard at work Tuesday afternoon in full pads on Haslam Field preparing for their next contest of the 2012 season.

Get a full recap of today's action with this practice notebook from InsideTennesse.com:

Bray and offense in a hurry

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and his staff shut the media out of the majority of training camp, due in large part to protecting the Vols' new hurry-up offense, which is a hit with junior quarterback Tyler Bray.

"The whole offseason," Bray said of the preparation in the new look. "You all kept asking if the offense was the same — it is the same it is just a little faster. It is just quicker. I don't have to call the plays and spend all that time in the huddle."

It wasn't Bray that suggested the change, but offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, who didn't give the team much warning before implementing the change.

‘I just kind of showed up and he said, ‘We are going to run this' and I said, ‘OK,"' Bray said. "The only guys that really had to adjust were the offensive line."

Watch as Bray talks about preparing for their Week 2 matchup with FCS opponent Georgia State:

Coaches collect on wager

Sophomore left tackle Antonio Richardson, Tiny as his friends call him, didn't get any kind of slow introduction to his starting role as a Tennessee Volunteer offensive lineman. The Georgia Dome, North Carolina State, a big crowd and ESPN made for a rush of adrenalin.

"He jumped off sides the first play, which we had a bet that he would and nobody bet on Tiny not jumping offsides," Dooley said Tuesday. "We tried to call a play, the simplest, let him flat back somebody, but it didn't matter. He was juiced up. He made a lot of first-game mistakes. He is going to be a great player, but he made a lot of mistakes."

Richardson, a 6-foot-6, 330-pounder, earned the starting job as senior Dallas Thomas made the move inside to left guard, but he said it wasn't jitters that caused the rough start, but just excitement.

"It was a lot because we were in the Georgia Dome, it is all closed off, I couldn't hardly hear anything," Richardson said. "I was trying to look at the ball, trying to hear the snap count at the same time and I was a little jittery at the same time.

"It was a combination of a lot of things. It wasn't butterflies it was just excitement. I just want to show the world that I can play Div. I."

The Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., native played in all 12 games in his freshman season, but is learning to deal with a whole new role in 2012. Watch as he addressed the media Tuesday:

Hunter shaking off the rust

Similar to the nerves of Richardson, junior wide receiver Justin Hunter was equally jacked up for the opener, his first live football action in 349 days.

"I was kind of nervous for the first game, but it was good to get that out of the way so I can focus on the second game," Hunter said. "I just felt like I could have played a little better — mostly (needing) to concentrate on the ball. I think I did a good job blocking and helping everybody out."

Hunter, who finished the game with nine catches for 73 yards, dropped to catches during the contest, one that would have converted a four-down try and another for a touchdown. However, the former Freshman All-SEC player did feel he contributed elsewhere.

"I liked my speed that I was going," he said. "I felt like I was running full speed every play and helping my teammates."

Watch as Hunter spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon leading up to the home opener:

Watch as Derek Dooley addressed the media following practice Tuesday afternoon:

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