Practice highlights

After missing Monday's workout due to injury, tight end Luke Stocker returned to action as Tennessee held a spirited 2 1/2-hour practice Tuesday at Haslam Field.

Showing some rust from his layoff, Stocker dropped the first pass thrown to him in an 11-on-11 drill, a 20-yard strike over the middle from Jonathan Crompton.

Receiver Gerald Jones also struggled to catch the ball. Clearly hindered by the cast on his left wrist, he dropped a slant pass over the middle from freshman Nu'Keese Richardson and subsequently dropped a pass in the left flat from Crompton.

Other practice observations:

Marlon Walls, finally approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, practiced in helmet and shoulder pads. The 6-4, 293-pound defensive tackle looked very quick and agile in drill work and appears to have good stamina.

Richardson and fellow freshmen Marsalis Teague and David Oku fielded and returned kickoffs. So did juniors Jones and Dennis Rogan. Providing "the wedge" for them were fullbacks Kevin Cooper and Austin Johnson, along with the afore-mentioned Stocker.

Freshman linebacker Greg King showed great recovery speed in breaking up a pass intended for reserve tight end Ben Bartholomew. King appears to be having an exceptional preseason camp.

Sophomore tailback Tauren Poole, the star of UT's first two preseason scrimmages, continues to impress. In an 11-on-11 "thud" drill (hit but don't tackle), the 5-10, 188-pounder made two nifty cuts on a sweep of right end and probably would've gone 50 yards for a touchdown.

Shane Reveiz, battling LaMarcus Thompson for supremacy at weakside linebacker, made a big hit on Poole to break up a pass from Nick Stephens.

Crompton capped a scoring drive with a five-yard strike to Brandon Warren in the right corner of the end zone.

Marsalous Johnson got a lot of work at cornerback and Victor Thomas got a lot of work at tackle with the the No. 1 defense.

Nick Stephens, rolling to his right, made a dandy throw to Bartholomew for a gain of 15 yards. The two hooked up again moments later, this time on a 10-yard toss over the middle.

Oku showed a nice burst on a sweep of left end, then squirted through a tiny opening in the middle of the line moments later.

Nu'Keese Richardson showed explosive acceleration as he split the safeties after catching a quick slant from Stephens. Richardson would've scored a touchdown on the play if it hadn't been blown dead as he sprinted upfield.

No. 3 quarterback Nick Lamaison fumbled a snap. He later bobbled another but picked it up in time to make a belated handoff.

Brandon Warren got behind freshman cornerback Mike Edwards to reel in a perfectly thrown 20-yard touch pass from Stephens. The play would've gained around 40 yards in real-game conditions.

Kicker Daniel Lincoln missed a 45-yard field goal attempt, then connected from 39, 35 and 33 yards.

Tennessee ended the practice with some spirited scrimmage work near the goal line.

From the 3-yard line, Oku was stopped after a one-yard gain.

From the 2-yard line, Crompton tossed a touchdown pass to Gerald Jones.

From the 2-yard line, Poole was stopped in his tracks.

From the 3-yard line, Oku was stopped for no gain.

From the 2-yard line, Stephens fumbled the snap and the defense recovered.

From the 2-yard line, Stephens rolled right and scrambled into the end zone.

From the 1-yard line, Stephens hit Stocker with a quick touchdown pass.

The ball was placed at the 1-yard line. While the offense was huddling, however, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron quickly re-spotted the ball at the 2. The subterfuge did not escape the notice of head coach Lane Kiffin, who pulled Orgeron away from the line of scrimmage.

Orgeron's ploy backfired. Poole scored from two yards out to end the goal-line drill and the practice.

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