Thursday Spring Practice Report

The Vols were back to work on Thursday afternoon following a one day layoff. On Tuesday the team went through their first big scrimmage of the spring. The team's job on Thursday was to improve going into Friday's scrimmage in Neyland Stadium.

"Today was mostly about correcting our mistakes from Tuesday's scrimmage," Coach Phillip Fulmer said following practice. "We are getting a look at some of the other things that will also be in the scrimmage on Friday. Big day for us tomorrow. We'll see if we can take a step in the right direction."

The team was able to practice outdoors for about 45 minutes before bad weather forced them indoors. Usually the team has to adapt their schedule to being inside instead of being on Haslam Field. Today that did not seem to be the case at all. Coaches Jimmy Stephens and Greg Adkins were really pushing their offensive line hard today.

Both coaches appear to be working very well together. Stephens and Adkins are pushing their players very hard, well at least the healthy ones. Chavis Smith, Anthony Herrera and Sean Young are out completely or very limited.

Other than the injured, the offensive line looked particularly good today. As I said above, the coaches pushed their players hard and the line responded. Woody McCorvey also had his backs working with the line. There seems to be a lot of continuity between McCorvey, Adkins and Stephens. The three have been doing many basic blocking and "hitting the hole" drills with their positions.

Jonathan Wade was at practice on Thursday and sporting the green no-contact jersey. Wade made a couple of nice catches and didn't appear to have any rust on him from missing the first couple of sessions.

Tony Brown made three nice catches on passes thrown from Casey Clausen. Brown has been the most consistent of all the receivers thus far. Mark Jones, C.J. Fayton and Chris Hannon have all had one big performance, but Brown has been solid the whole time.

The team will have a 60-play scrimmage in Neyland Stadium on Friday afternoon.


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