NOTES: Pads popping at Tennessee

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— Let us start this notes package for apologizing. The volume of notes will be a bit done today as we were a bit distracted by the No. 1 player in the state of Tennessee, Jalen Hurd, committing to the Tennessee Volunteers in the middle of Butch Jones third practice on The Hill.

— A couple of prospective athletes were on hand this morning to take in the Vols first day in pads. Tennessee legacy prospect and three-star tight end Cole Cook was here this morning. Also, 2016 running back prospect and Lebannon, Tenn., native Gave Angel, who already has an offer from Tennessee, was in attendance.

— Four-star defensive end signee and Memphis, Tenn., native Jason Carr made the trek to Knoxville for his first practice of the spring. He was on the field and very engaged throughout the early periods of practice.

— Former Tennessee Vols Herman Lathers, Nick Reviez, Fuad Reveiz, Jeff Hall, Gerald Riggs Jr. and Cordarrelle Patterson were all in attendance.

— Local high school coaches from Fulton, Farragut and Alcoa were all taking in practice. Also, coaches from local Division II Carson Newman College were in attendance.

— On the injury front, Justin Meredith was walking with a noticeable limp and was in a yellow non-participation jersey. The redshirt freshman has been hampered by a hamstring injury since his senior year of high school.

— Other limited players included Brian Randolph, Maurice Couch and Tino Thomas.

— Quarterback reps continue to be split down the middle between Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman. Worley looked to get the first go behind the No. 1 offensive line, but both got a fair amount throughout the early period.

— Below freezing temperatures in Knoxville this morning forced things to the indoor facility.

— With today being the first day in pads things were noticeably more intense. There was a gathering of the entire team in the middle of Robert E. White Indoor Field for what looked to be a very spirited discussion before things got moving.

— The pads were popping early and often in highly competitive one-on-one tackling drills. The offensive linemen were pumped up as they seemed to get the best of almost every defensive linemen in drills.


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