Once again the energy at practice was electric with coaches getting in the mix with players throughout the early periods of practice.
On the injury front, defensive end Curt Maggitt and Jalen Reeves-Maybin continue to be inactive and will be throughout the rest of spring ball. In other news, safety Tino Thomas and defensive tackle Maurice Couched looked to be the only players in a green non-contact jerseys with defensive tackle Danny O'Brien returning to action.
Left tackle Tiny Richardson looked to be limited and likely will be throughout spring. When the big fella wasn't on the field offensive linemen Marquis Pair took the snaps at left tackle.
The visitors numbers for Tuesday's practice were understandably down, but local coaching legend Gary Rankin was in the building. The Alcoa (Tenn.) High School headman ranks third all-time in wins amongst Tennessee high school head coaches. Eastern Kentucky University also had a representative on hand.
Oak Ridge, Tenn., native Isaac Chapman was on hand visiting.
From the offensive side...— The quarterback battle looks to be in full swing as junior Justin Worley took the opening reps behind the first-team offensive line, where as those snaps went to redshirt freshman Nathan Peterman Saturday. Needless to say, going forward scrimmage performances will be critical.
— Wide receiver Cody Blanc has changed numbers from No. 36 to No. 83 to honor former Vol wide receiver Zach Rogers.
— Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni practices what he preaches as the former walk-on wideout and his assistants stressed run blocking fundamentals to the Vols. It is a theme of concentration he noted from his first interview in Knoxville.
— With the exception perhaps being portions of 2011 and 2012, don't expect this offense to resemble much of any that Big Orange Country has ever seen. The formations will be spread often with the tempo as fast as possible. Offensive linemen must be able to sprint from scrimmage to make downfield blocks in space. The days of seeing an Arron Sears type frame at tackle will soon be a thing of the past.
From the defensive side...— Defensive linemen Maurice Couch and safety Tino Thomas were again in green jerseys but still participating.
— Defensive backs coach Willie Martinez used Justin Coleman as a model from which to work for other cornerbacks. Daniel Gray struggled at times to pick up concepts. Nyshier Oliver was frustrated trying to defend the larger wideouts like Jason Croom and Paul Harris. Incoming freshman Cameron Sutton will have a chance to earn a starting job this summer. The depth at cornerback is cause for concern and at least one lockdown corner must be secured in recruiting with the 2014 class. Remember, gone are Deion Bonner, Marsalis Teague and Prentiss Waggner.
From special teams...— Senior Michael Palardy got first-team reps at both extra point and field goal. Behind him was redshirt freshman George Bullock with redshirt junior Derrick Brodus grabbing the remaining reps.
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