March 19, 2013
Practice 5 update: QBs, LBs and OL notes plus more
Justin Worley got the initial first-team reps, and Marcus Jackson appeared to be making a move at left guard as Tennessee resumed practice Tuesday morning inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
Worley closed Saturday's inaugural scrimmage under Butch Jones with a flourish, and Jackson, who has previous starting experience and has been among the Vols' top six offensive linemen in his first two seasons, has been pushing Alex Bullard along the offensive front. Jackson oftentimes operated as both first- and second-team guard. Bullard got some burn at second-team left tackle, which is default third-team, as Marques Pair continues to take first-team reps whenever incumbent Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson isn't available.
The two sides of the ball engaged in some spirited 11-on-11 and one-on-one, full-speed drills. At one point, rewarding his defensive unit for swarming to the ball, Jones unprotected his quarterbacks for three consecutive plays. The closest to a signal-caller getting engaged was when junior linebacker A.J. Johnson, who along with Brent Brewer did not open with the first-team defense, chased Nathan Peterman out of bonds and delivered a blow on the sideline before pulling up. Dontavis Sapp and Channing Fugate got early reps at linebacker.
Justin Coleman had an acrobatic interception and a pass break-up during one-on-ones, while Riyahd Jones also continued to show up. Devrin Young and Cody Blanc were effective for the wideouts, who got additional instruction from Jones.
Placekicker Michael Palardy continued his strong start to spring, hitting a number of field goals during the special teams segment of the Vols' fifth of 15 spring practices.
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