Timmons makes a splash

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Jonathan Timmons spent most of Thursday's Tennessee football camp being critiqued by Vol offensive line coach Don Mahoney.

"He's an intense guy," Timmons said following the workout. "He expects a lot from me. He was on me the whole camp."

Timmons, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound Class of 2016 offensive line prospect from Memphis Southwind, is smart enough to know all of the attention he got from Mahoney was a compliment, not an insult.

"He likes me, likes the way I was competing," Timmons said with a smile.

Asked if he might like to play for Mahoney someday, Timmons nodded.

"Oh, yes, sir," he said. "No doubt."

He may get that chance. Based on all of the attention he got from Vol coaches, Timmons believes they have a high regard for his potential.

"They love my game and everything," he said. "They're going to look back over my film. It sounds like they're close to offering (a scholarship)."

Mahoney spent considerable time chatting with Southwind's coach about Timmons, in addition to the time he spent giving the young behemoth individual instruction.

"He worked with me a lot … one on one mostly," Timmons said. "That gave me a college experience, got me to realize what other kids are doing."

Although he worked exclusively at guard and tackle on Thursday, Timmons plans to expand his repertoire in the months ahead.

"Next I'm going to learn to play center, so I can just play everything on the line," he said. "I've played everywhere on the line – right guard, left guard, right tackle, left tackle."

Asked what he considers his best position, Timmons answered: "Left tackle. That's my bread and butter right now but I can play guard, as well."

He had a ready answer when asked to pinpoint the best part of his game.

"Just my athleticism," he said. "I can move around as a big guy. They (Vol coaches) like my footwork. That's what Coach Mo (Mahoney) told me. He said he likes my footwork and how I can balance my weight with it."

Although Timmons plans to return to Knoxville for a game this fall, he intends to look around a lot before deciding on a college. He's planning to attend the 250 Underclassman Challenge on July 12 and visit Auburn July 19. He hopes to tour Ole Miss this summer, as well.

Still, Tennessee appears to be his leader at present. Asked what he likes about the program, he answered without hesitation.

"Just the athletic facilities and the academic programs," he said. "I love how they stress the academics. Coach (Butch) Jones really stresses academics, then last on athletics. Academics are first, though."

Asked how he'd feel about a scholarship offer from Tennessee, Timmons broke into a big grin.

"Man, that would be great!" he said. "I can't say too much but that would be great."

Even if the Vols make an offer, however, he plans to weigh his options carefully before making a decision.

"Yeah, I'll still wait things out," he said. "I'm just a sophomore going into my junior year, so I've got the time."

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