Vols eaders emerging, QB contenders, more practice notes

The reconstruction of Tennessee's roster took another step forward Tuesday as spring practices got underway in Knoxville.

Few discussions about Tennessee football this spring will take place without questions encircling the quarterback position.

The four candidates to replace four-year starter Joshua Dobbs are Quinten Dormady, Jarrett Guarantano, Sheriron Jones and Will McBride. Leading that group of green horns is new assistant coach Mike Canales. In charge of that side of the football is new offensive coordinator Larry Scott.

It's not terribly often that a Power 5 conference program makes household changes after three straight bowl victories and 18 wins the last two seasons combined but that's the state of Tennessee football in 2017, which makes the 15 practices this spring from March 21 to April 22 paramount.

From a leadership perspective, Tennessee is undergoing an overhaul there as well with Dobbs, Alvin Kamara, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Cameron Sutton all gone after serving as captains last season.

Reinforcements have started to arrive as five freshmen enrolled in January and donned the Power T on their helmets for the first time Tuesday, including McBride, defensive end Deandre Johnson, center/guard Riley Locklear, linebacker Shanon Reid and offensive lineman Trey Smith.

Learn about players stepping into leadership roles, the quarterback competition and much more by reading InsideTennessee's practice notes package:


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