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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.
Thursday 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:
Robert E. White Field continues to get a fair amount of work this spring as below freezing temperatures in Knoxville forced practice indoors once again Thursday morning.
Nashville, Tenn., native and senior defensive back Eric Gordon was in the building this morning, but he was not in pads. In a Orange & White letterman jacket Gordon observed practice from various spots around the Neyland Thompson Sports Complex. Head coach Butch Jones cited off-field issues for Gordon's absence from the field Tuesday.
Joining tight end Justin Meredith in a yellow non-particpant jersey Thursday was a familiar face in redshirt sophomore running back Tom Smith. Smith, like Meredith, has been hindered by injury most of his Tennessee career. Saftey Tino Thomas and defensive lineman Maurice Couch continue to be in green non-contact jerseys.
Former Tennessee wide receiver and projected second-round pick Justin Hunter was in attendance for Thursday's workout after working out for NFL scouts Wednesday on Pro Day.
|Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman tosses a pass into the flat during Thursday's practice on Robert E. White Indoor Field.|
Athletics Director Dave Hart stopped by for a few minutes to get a look at his new coaching staff.
From the offensive side…
Freshman wide receiver Paul Harris must have done something wrong. The early enrollee was sporting a new number Thursday morning. After wearing No. 1 through five spring practices, Harris was wearing No. 91.
Junior tailback Marlin Lane stuck out in a big way in pass blocking drills Thursday stonewalling everyone that stepped up to the line. However, redshirt freshman Alden Hill was the complete opposite. Hill struggled mightily rep after rep.
Offensive tackle Tiny Richardson took snaps during non-contact drills, but was pulled in favor of Marquis Pair during team run. The remaining line consisted of Marcus Jackson, James Stone, Zach Fulton and Ja'Wuan James.
Devrin Young, Cody Blanc and Jacob Carter continue to take reps with the first team. Jason Croom, Vincent
From the defensive side…
Sophomore defensive back Daniel Gray was back in action today after being seen in a walking boot on Tuesday. Jones told the media Gray was held out of Tuesday's work due to an asthma attack.
Junior linebacker A.J. Johnson continues to excel in tackling drills. However, when he called out running back Rajion Neal, the junior was able to juke Johnson to pick up the necessary 10 yards to win the rep.
Your starting defensive line looks to be pretty set with Marlon Walls, Daniel Hood, Daniel McCullers and Jacques Smith.
In the defensive backfield, Riyahd Jones has joined Justin Coleman at corner on a consistent basis with Byron Moore and LaDarrell McNeil on the back end.
Have a look at the Volunteers in action in the IT highlight package below: