Highlights: Backs, receivers at camp

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Second-year coach Butch Jones knows the importance of having explosive athletes in the Tennessee backfield, on the perimeter and on special teams.

"It is invaluable and you really find out about it when you don't have enough of them," Jones said Saturday. "So everything is, in the world of college football it is all about big plays. Making impactful plays. How can you impact the game? Whether it is a big run, whether it is a key block, whether it is turning a 5-yard reception into a 35-yard reception. It is going up and making a play on the ball when the ball is at its highest point.

"We still need to continue to recruit, we are nowhere near where we need to be in terms of playmakers but I think you all can see that we have really benefited from recruiting this past year. But nowhere where we need to be."

From Jalen Hurd to Treyvon Paulk to Derrell Scott, the running backs corps received an influx of talent after the graduation of 1,000-yard rusher and current Green Bay Packers rookie Rajion Neal.

Josh Malone was Scout's top-rated prospect in the Volunteer State's 2014 signing class. He's joined by former four-star JUCO Von Pearson and Offense-Defense All-America Vic Wharton in wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni's meeting room. The pass-catchers may be the most improved group since Spring 2013.

Don't take our word for it, see those skill players at work on The Hill on Saturday afternoon.

Highlights of backs, receivers


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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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