Offensive coaches working on 'cleaning up'

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Orchestrating a 300-yard passing performance is becoming commonplace these days in Knoxville with offensive coordinator Jim Chaney calling the plays and Tyler Bray running the show at quarterback.

In spreading the wealth to 10 different Tennessee Volunteers and accumulating 333 yards, Chaney seemed pleased with Bray's performance against North Carolina State in Friday's 2012 season opener.

"Moving the ball around, he did a nice job with that," Chaney said of his junior signal-caller. "But hitting the big plays when they were afforded to him, that is a special to me. For him, understanding coverage a little bit better, hats off to him because when they afforded it to us, he took it for the most part."

The fourth-year Vol assistant touched on other topics in the video below from InsideTennessee, most notably the transition to a no-huddle attack:

It will have been 5,768 days since running backs coach Jay Graham trotted down Peyton Manning Pass for the Vol Walk prior to his final home game with Kentucky on November 23, 1996, a 56-10 victory.

Graham couldn't be more excited to relive that moment again Saturday prior to the season opener with FCS opponent Georgia State, who is in just its third season of football.

"It is great — I was just thinking about the Vol Walk and getting a chance to do that," Graham said Wednesday. "It has been awhile since I have had that opportunity. It has always been a great experience, I remember it as a player and it is really great to have an opportunity to do it again."

Watch as Graham talks about the running back contest on the Hill following practice Wednesday:

It started immediately after National Signing Day in February 2011.

Wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw got in early and before every other BCS school in the country recruiting eventual five-star playmaker Cordarrelle Patterson.

His and the staff's hard work in getting Patterson to sign with Tennessee starting bearing the fruits of their labor last week with the Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College product totaling 165 yards and two touchdowns on just eight touches.

"(Patterson)'s worked really hard, and it was good to see hard work pay off and he went and executed the play," Hinshaw said. "There's some things we've got to clean up as a wide receiver group. I was really pleased to watch C.P. catch that pass, it was exciting."

Check out what else Hinshaw said on camera at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center below:

See what head coach Derek Dooley said to the media following practice at Haslam Field:


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