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August 28, 2013Working through simulated crowd noise Wednesday on Haslam Field, Tennessee continued its preparations for the first game of the Butch Jones era when Austin Peay visits Neyland Stadium.
Kickoff for Jones' debut is 6 p.m., as Tennessee starts a new era of coaching with a new opening day quarterback in Justin Worley, an all-new starting wide receiver unit and myraid new special teams and defensive starters.
Jones continued to focus on special teams, lining up kicker Michael Palardy for a variety of simulated-pressure field goal attempts. Palardy connected on each of his last two kicks, both from 50-plus yards with the last one careening through the uprights after dinging off more than midway up the right post.
Jones, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni continued to really stress details and concentration to that youthful, inexperienced unit. Vol wideouts were smashed with padded cushions as they ran routes and caught balls and were worked in a variety of goal-line sets as well.
The crowd noise really ratcheted up as the Vols worked into their second hour on the field. It wasn't Jones' typical plethora of bizarre sound effects; this was outright crowd noise piped loudly across Haslam Field.
Only freshman wideout Ryan Jenkins and walk-on defensive back Michael Williams worked in the 'black hole' as the open portion of practice unfolded. Curt Maggitt, Paul Harris, Marlin Lane, Jenkins and Brian Randolph donned green jerseys. Corey Vereen and Jacques Smith dressed and continued to be active in mental but not physical aspects of practice. Alex Ellis remained sidelined with a leg injury.
The father of Andrew Williams, Tyrone Williams, checked out Vols practice on Wednesday, as Tennessee remains a contender for the four-star defensive end from McDonough, Ga.
VolQuest.com will tweet and post notes immediately following today's post-practice comments --- and will do so each day of camp. Additionally we will have a variety of content items this evening, more Thursday including War Room and have podcast and predictions on Friday. Staff twitter handles are: @VolQuest_Rivals, @VolQuest_Paul, @VolQuest_Rob, @AustinPriceless, @John_BriceVQ and special contributor @GrantRamey.