Jones likes approach; Vols talk scrimmage

The Big Orange participated in an important scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night. Be informed on how the Volunteers looked with the news from InsideTennessee below.

Work in progress.

It's been a familiar theme with the 2014 version of the Tennessee football team, however that's to be expected out of a roster that figures to depend on numerous first-year Volunteers.

Team 118 worked out on a wet Haslam Field on Saturday morning and then went full pads for an evening scrimmage at Neyland Stadium, which was the first of August.

Second-year coach Butch Jones called it a "great, great day today with the two-a-day. I liked our approach of this football team. I thought we grew up a little bit. I liked our approach a little bit. I thought we grew u a little bit. I thought we matured a little bit."

The quarterback competition between Joshua Dobbs, Nathan Peterman and Justin Worley is the talk of camp. The redshirt sophomore Peterman says development of consistency is of great importance.

"My goal this past spring and this past fall is just to go out there and make the game what it's supposed to be and make it fun," Peterman said.

Sophomore wide receiver Josh Smith was on the field with Peterman last September for a first-half performance at Florida that still motivates the QB to date. Smith noted that Peterman is "always in the film room. Always in there."

"Honestly, everybody blames Nate, but I mean me and Marquez (North) and Pig (Alton Howard), we made a lot of mistakes that hurt Nate. Everybody blew on Nate and it was not him. I mean it may have been some but definitely more of us. I just hated that for Nate. It took a toll on him."

A more talented supporting cast could mean this season's Vols put more points on the board, starting with freshman Jalen Hurd, who enrolled in January.

The former Scout 300 member and top-rated running back in the Volunteer State's 2014 class said the spring practices "definitely helped."

Freshmen Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf infused talent into the tight-end position, which is helping pass-catchers out wide find windows with which to work.

"It's awesome because there's so much depth and so much talent," Smith said of the tight ends.

Butch Jones video interview

Jalen Hurd video interview

Nathan Peterman video interview

Josh Smith video interview


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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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