Notes: Back at it

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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:

  • As warmer temperatures begin to enter east Tennessee, for the first time in a while, the Football Vols moved outdoors to Haslam Field for their first practice since returning from spring break on Easter Sunday.
  • There were several recruiting visitors at practice including four-star wide receiver and Tyrone, Ga., native Demarre Kitt. Alpharetta (Ga.) High School athlete prospect Daniel Clements was present and Armada (Mich.) High School quarterback Trevor Holston took in the sights as well. Another in-state player was at Haslam Field as Adamsville High offensive tackle Colton Williams was here with his family.
  • Joining Justin Meredith, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Curt Maggitt in yellow non-participant jerseys was defensive tackle Allan Carson. The only player in a green non-contact jersey was defensive tackle Maurice Couch.
  • Riverdale (Tenn.) High School assistant football coach Curt Bureau took in the sites at today's practice.
  • From the offensive side…

  • The offense was sporting the elite Orange after the defense won the color in the week prior to spring break.
  • Noticeably absent was junior running back Marlin Lane. InsideTennessee.com was told that Lane is at home in Daytona Beach, Fla., tending to his mother who is sick.
  • With Lane out of the lineup the No. 1 reps went to Rajion Neal with Tom Smith and Alden Hill snagging second-team reps.
  • Newly converted wide receiver Devrin Young looked to get back in the groove quickly performing well in pass blocking drills and catching a deep ball from quarterback Justin Worley in 7-on-7 drills.
  • From the defensive side…

  • During team run the starting defense consisted of Marlon Walls, Jacques Smith, Daniel McCullers, Daniel Hood, Dontavis Sapp, A.J. Johnson, LaDarrell McNeil, Byron Moore, Riyahd Jones, Justin Coleman and Jaron Toney.
  • During 7-on-7 drills Jaron Toney was able to snag an interception off of junior quarterback Justin Worley.
  • Defensive coordinator John Jancek took the majority of his time during individuals drills to work alongside Willie Martinez and the defensive backs.
  • Redshirt sophomore linebacker Christian Harris, who missed spring practice last year due to a torn ACL, seems to be pushing for playing time at middle linebacker as he is moving well and gaining praise from the coaching staff. He played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman, mainly on special teams.
  • See what Butch Jones said to reporters after the workout in the InsideTennessee video below:


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