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May 10, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee completed its first spring practice under coach Lane Kiffin just less than a month ago.
Vols signee Marsalis Teague was on hand for several of the allotted 15 practices. The Henry County native decided to spend his spring break in Knoxville, and he enjoyed getting to know his future teammates.
"I had a great time," Teague said. "I ended up hanging out with Gerald Jones and some other guys. It's a growing relationship between me and the other players. I was sitting around and listening to what goes on in college and what their lives are like. I loved watching practice because it such an intense practice. I wasn't expecting it because it looked like a game. I really liked that they went first-team offense versus first-team defense. It was really competitive."
Teague's growing friendship with receiver Gerald Jones is something he looks forward to this fall. Having an older veteran to look up to and learn from will be essential to the growth of his game.
"I talk to him quite a bit," Teague said. "We just talk as friends. We talk about some of the players leaving, but it's not all about football. He's kinda like my big brother. Everyone says we are twins (laughs). It's a good friendship."
Teague's recruitment was a wild ride, and the last-second switch from Florida to Tennessee caused quite a stir. Three months have passed, and Teague is enjoying the serenity of no phone calls.
"It's a lot of fun," Teague said. "I been doing a lot of weightlifting and running track. It keeps me in shape and allows me to have fun. I have a competitive nature, and I go out to win every race."
Athletic enough to play on offense or defense, Teague said catching passes is where he'll start.
"Right now I'm all offense," Teague said. "All my installs have been about wide receiver. I just tell coach that it doesn't matter. I feel comfortable playing on either side of the ball. Wherever the biggest need is where I want to be. I want to set back and go with flow."