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September 10, 2013With Butch Jones urging video coordinator Joe Harrington, who always handles the Vols' practice-field musical selections, to get the “Oregon songs” going, Tennessee worked on a muggy Haslam Field toward Saturday's showdown at second-ranked Oregon.
Working in early “sudden change,” Jones had his team do the flex portion of practice on the defensive practice field, noting the 30-yard line served as the 50.
Both Jacques Smith and Curt Maggitt worked for a second-straight day at practice, which definitely seemed affected the unusually warm temperatures that hovered in the low-90s on the practice field.
Corey Vereen was dressed in green for the second time in as many days, but Vereen's workload has been very limited. Ryan Jenkins dressed and participated in some scout-team work, but Jenkins also joined Michael Williams, dressed without shoulder pads, in the 'black hole' for conditioning drills there. Raiques Crump did not dress nor participate in practice for the second-straight day after also not dressing for Saturday's win against Western Kentucky.
Crump is a key special teams contributor.
Dontavis Sapp and Brian Randolph, mostly for maintenance and precautionary reasons, particularly after Sapp's shoulder injury against WKU, also donned green jerseys.
With the Vols' defensive backs working on the j.u.g.g.s. machines, Justin Coleman hit the deck to do some pushups when he missed a ball off the machine.
Josh Smith, who's played solidly in his first two games for the Vols, continued to get some first-team work at wide receiver. Smith was joined by Alton 'Pig' Howard and Marquez North at the wideout spots, while Rajion Neal and Brendan Downs rounded out the skill spots.
Second-team offensive skill players were: Jason Croom, Vincent Dallas and Jacob Carter at wideout, while Marlin Lane was tailback and Joseph Ayres at tight end. The second-team offensive line was Austin Sanders, Marcus Jackson, Mack Crowder, Dylan Wiesman and Kyler Kerbyson.
Malik Foreman, Devaun Swafford and Max Arnold remained with the Vols' second-team defensive backs early in practice.
As has become customary, Tennessee also worked extensively on special teams and particularly kickoff coverage was a point of emphasis.
VolQuest.com will tweet and post notes immediately following today's post-practice comments --- and will do so each day of practice. Additionally we will have a variety of content items this evening, more Wednesday 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.