Notes: Showdown with Gators nears

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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.

Wednesday 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 Wednesday:

  • The Vols were outside on Haslam Field on Wednesday, which was once againt a beautiful day in Knoxville. They continue to be in full pads in prep for the Gators.
  • From the offensive side…

  • Tjght end Brendan Downs was running routes today. Dooley said yesterday that he has progressed much faster than expected. Without any setbacks it is possible that he could see double-digit reps Saturday.
  • Freshman athlete Justin King continues to get the first-team reps in the wildcat package. He ran the look with the first-team offense this morning.
  • The passing game looking to be on point as ever this morning. The wide receivers must not have felt like catching wet balls so they never let them hit the dew .
  • From the defensive side…

  • Linebackers Herman Lathers (shoulder) and Curt Maggitt (toe) both participated in tackling drills today, which is a big step in the right direction. Barring any setbacks Tennessee fans can expect to see them in action Saturday.
  • Linebacker Christian Harris, who was activated this week, was wearing a brace on his left knee today. This is to be expected, but Harris, at times, has been without a brace and running freely.
  • Watch as brings you highlights of linebacker Christian Harris back at work Wednesday:

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