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August 3, 2013

Quick Hits: Vols keep adjusting on Day 2

Tennessee coach Butch Jones, voice hoarse from the opening of fall camp the previous day, didn't let up Saturday at Haslam Field as the Vols continued toward their first full-pad practice next week.

Jones, harping on intensity and tempo, quickly urged his players for "more violence" in all their actions and reps. The goal is a simple one; Jones is seeking to see his players' efforts maximized each and every rep.

Ryan Jenkins might have made the biggest one-day jump, with the rookie slot receiver really showing nice hands and impressive burst.

As was somewhat customary early on in spring, Jones quickly challenged a pair of players one-on-one. Urging his defense to protect its goal line, rookie defensive back Malik Foreman was tasked to cover wideout Cody Blanc. Coverage was tight, but Blanc wrestled possession of the ball and was mobbed by his offensive teammates in the end zone before work shifted toward special teams.

Christian Harris and Justin King worked in the conditioning corner as they recover from injuries and are brought slowly into the full-team setting.

Elsewhere on the field, quarterbacks worked extensively in various pass drills with both running backs and wideouts, with receivers coach Zach Azzanni really stressing detail work from his group. He specifically challenged Josh Smith while rookie MarQuez North got individual instruction from Jones.

Receivers and tight ends also worked a great deal on downfield blocking, with tight ends Woody Quinn and A.J. Branisel both driving through coaches on back-to-back swing passes.

Along the offensive front, the Vols continued to work to build quality depth behind center James Stone. Zach Fulton got a number of snaps in, as did Alex Bullard.

The most notable visitor on Saturday was four-star prospect Charles Mosley, who logged extensive time with VFL coordinator Antone Davis and worked his way around the practice field. The Vols remain a major player for Mosley, and he's become an extremely high priority as Jones continues assembling what currently is the nation's top-ranked recruiting class.

Defensively, Foreman continued to stand out among newcomers in the secondary. Curt Maggitt showed solid explosiveness while Dan Hood, Daniel McCullers and Mo Couch were pressed hard along the defensive interior.

On special teams, the Vols used a bevy of players to work on catching kicks and cycled through Michael Palardy and Matt Darr at the punter position. Darr did not have a consistent day.

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 videos, a photo gallery, notes and multiple stories throughout the evening and into Sunday before Tennessee's third session. Staff twitter handles are: @VolQuest_Rivals, @VolQuest_Paul, @VolQuest_Rob, @AustinPriceless, @John_BriceVQ and special contributor @GrantRamey.


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