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The InsideTennessee.com 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, Neyland-Thompson Sports Center and Shields-Watkins Field, 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.
Tuesday morning was no different as InsideTennessee ventured to another spring practice to get as much information, photographs and video footage as possible.
Here's a look at what stuck out to us:
After Knoxville experienced torrential rain throughout parts of Monday afternoon football practice was forced indoors Tuesday morning to Robert E. White Indoor Field in order to preserve a pristine Haslam Field.
Nashville, Tenn., native and senior defensive back Eric Gordon was not at practice today. InsideTennessee.com is told he is currently still with the team, but experiencing family issues as well as an ankle injury.
Sophomore defensive back Daniel Gray did not practice Tuesday. He was sporting a hard plastic-shelled boot on his right foot/ankle. Head coach Butch Jones noted a Tuesday asthma attack for Gray's absence.
Tight end Justin Meredith continues to be in a yellow non-participant jersey along with Curt Maggitt and Jalen Reeves-Maybin. Players in green non-contact jerseys Tuesday included Maurice Couch, Tyrin Fairman, Jay Yoakum, Michael Cantwell and Tino Thomas. Sophomore safety Brian Randolph was full-go.
Former Tennessee Vol kicker James Wilhoit was in attendance for Tuesday's practice. Other former Vols in the house included Herman Lathers, Gerald Riggs Jr., Jayson Swain and Prentiss Waggner.
The Vols practiced kickoff coverage for a whole period Tuesday morning. The starting coverage unit featured Michael Palardy on the boot with Raiques Crump, Dontavis Sapp, Byron Moore, Vincent Dallas, Riyahd Jones, Justin Coleman, LaDarrell McNeil, Brent Brewer, Geraldo Orta and Christian Harris down the line.
During kicking periods Tennessee senior place kicker Michael Palardy was perfect on the day and good from 43 yards out at his peak.
On an interesting note, Illinois running backs coach and special teams coordinator Tim Salem, who is in his second season with the Fighting Illini, was in attendance for Tuesday's practice.
From the offensive side…
Starting offense during team periods saw Justin Worley take the first snaps with Rajion Neal in the backfield and Cody Blanc, Jacob Carter and Devrin Young split wide. Brendan Downs was your tight end. The offensive line from left to right was Marques Pair, Alex Bullard, James Stone, Zach Fulton and Ja'Wuan James.
After doing several wide receiver drills without a ball on Saturday morning, the wideouts were taken a step forward under assistant Zach Azzanni. The bunch, for the most part, got the better of the defensive backs. Cody Blanc, Drae Bowles, Alton Howard and Devrin Young all scored more than one victory for the offense. Freshmen Paul Harris and Lemond Johnson struggled with the physicality and must get more aggressive, which is sure to happen over the coming months as neither showed up looking weak in stature.
During InsideTennessee.com's frequent practice highlight videos you might notice a common term being repeated to the wide receivers: CTT, which means catch, tuck and turn. Wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni seems to rattle it off on every rep.
From the defensive side…
During team periods your starting defense in the nickel consisted of Daniel Hood, Daniel McCullers, Marlon Walls, Jacques Smith, Dontavis Sapp, Channing Fugate, LaDarrell McNeil, Byron Moore, Riyahd Jones, Justin Coleman and Jaron Toney.
With Gray out, Riyahd Jones has an opportunity in front of him to lock up a starting spot at corner opposite Justin Coleman, who appears to be holding himself to a higher standard as the likely No. 1 corner on the roster for 2013.
During team periods the defense made great effort swarming to the football. In return for their efforts, Coach Butch Jones came over the intercom and rewarded them by making quarterback Nathan Peterman live for three downs. Those two downs were two running plays and a read option where A.J. Johnson pushed Peterman out of bounds.
Linebacker Channing Fugate had a great showing in one-on-one tackling drills against the running backs and tight ends where the offense was trying to gain 10 yards. Fugate did not surrender a point in the drills, where Jones kept score.
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