Notes: Eliminating mistakes

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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:

  • The beginning of what looks to be a two-day rain storm moved into Knoxville early Thursday morning forcing the Vols inside onto Robert E. White Indoor Field.
  • There were several recruiting visitors taking in practice Thursday morning. Among them, Coalfield (Tenn.) High School offensive lineman Zach Stewart and 2015 Lakewood, Ohio, speedster Shaun Crawford, who both have offers. Rising senior quarterback and Cincinnati, Ohio, native Nick Tensing was also in attendance.
  • Coaching staffs from Carson Newman College and Jefferson County (Tenn.) High School both had a big presence at Thursday's workout.
  • Former Tennessee running back Gerald Riggs Jr. and linebacker Herman Lathers were both in attendance. Lathers was on crutches.
  • Joining Justin Meredith, Allan Carson, Curt Maggitt, Tom Smith and Jalen Reeves-Maybin in yellow non-participant jerseys today was wide receiver Jacob Carter. Carter was in a walking boot following Tuesday's practice and was seen wearing the same Thursday. Two players were in green non-contact jerseys including LaDarrell McNeil and Maurice Couch.
  • From the offensive side…

  • After tending to the illness of his mother, running back Marlin Lane returned to the practice field Thursday after missing Tuesday's workout.
  • Freshman early enroll wide receiver Paul Harris was in No. 91 for the second time this spring. Normally Harris wear No. 1, but had it taken away earlier this spring after wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni said he wasn't playing worthy of the single digit.
  • Running back Rajion Neal looks to have a firm grip on the first-team reps with Alden Hill and Lane battling for the No. 2 spot.
  • Justin Worley seems to have an edge in the quarterback battle and is taking the majority of the first-team reps right now.
  • Jason Croom, after being praised by head coach Butch Jones, has moved into the starting group of receivers alongside Devrin Young and Cody Blanc. Second-team reps have gone to Vincent Dallas, Pig Howard and Paul Harris. Howard caught a nice deep touchdown over nickle corner Jaron Toney in 1-on-1 drills Thursday.
  • From the defensive side…

  • The starting defense remains the same with Jacques Smith, Daniel McCullers, Daniel Hood, Marlon Walls, Justin Coleman, Riyahd Jones, A.J. Johnson and Dontavis Sapp. In base, Brent Brewer is your third linebacker and in nickle Jaron Toney has locked down the spot left vacant by Eric Gordon, who has yet to return to action.
  • After spending Tuesday in white, the defensive got the best of the offense and regained the orange jerseys for Thursday's practice. Again, the orange jerseys go to the unit that won the previous practice.
  • Defensive lineman Jordan Williams had a nice pass rush followed by a batted pass while working with the twos in team run.
  • Vol WRs at work


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