Two-a-day practices at Tennessee continued here Friday morning with the Volunteers going through a shorter two hour practice.
The big news of the morning was the arrival of former linebacker Marlon Walls of the Memphis area. Walls played linebacker at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi his senior season.
After a year at Hargrave Military Prep School, Walls has grown his way into a defensive lineman.
"We are blessed," Melissa Walls said prior to practice. "We are just excited that he has been cleared and that he is here. It's an answer to prayers."
The Walls arrived in Knoxville in the early morning hours after receiving the news from the Tennessee coaching staff yesterday afternoon around 3:00 p.m.
The Vols came out in shorts and shoulder pads for this morning's practice and will wrap up this weeks two a days this evening at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday's practice is expected to be UT's second full scrimmage of the fall.
WEARING NO. 58
Marlon Walls was a practice watching the Vols defensive line. For those who attend practice, Walls is wearing No. 58 and he had his No. 1 fan his mother Melissa in attendance.
CROMPTON CONTINUES TO SHINE
Senior quarterback Jonathan Crompton continue to make some good throws, but reverted back to old ways when he threw an interception to a white shirt. It appeared to be no Orange shirts in the area.
DROP AND GIVE ME 10
David Oku dropped a pass, he didn't hesitate, he dropped and started pushups. Speaking of drops, there were several dropped passes today that didn't help the signal callers cause.
Montario Hardesty keeps asking that question. Hardesty is making a statement to the young pups on the roster Bryce Brown and David Oku that there is someone that has earned his stripes a head of them. Hardesty apparently heard Lane Kiffin tell his players no one has a starting role secured. It appears that statement has worked. Hardesty is in the best shape of his life, and continues to break long runs almost every practice. Yes the young guys will play some, don't expect them to start in front of Hardesty, not just yet anyway.
STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE
Wide out Brandon Warren has been challenged in earlier practices, by Lane Kiffin and wide receiver coach Frank Wilson. Apparently Warren is responding. He has made several key plays this week and seem to be adapting to the receiver position. He played tight end in the spring, but due to injuries is being counted on to step up and be a play maker for the Vols.
IS RICHARDSON OLD OR NU
Defensive teammates were ragging on Nu'Keese Richardson during this morning's practice. They were calling him Old'Keese after dropping a pass or two. Richardson, who has an outstanding camp so far, seem to take everything in stride.
HIRED HIT MAN
True freshman Janzen Jackson made the biggest play of the day, or the biggest hit for sure when one receiver came across the middle. Jackson doesn't like or play like a true freshman. Expect him to make an instant impact for the Vols somewhere on the field early, whether it's special teams or in the nickel defensive package.