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August 6, 2013

Quick HiTs: Vols don full pads, wage battles

Tennessee donned full pads under the lights of Haslam Field Tuesday night for the first time this pre-season --- and 'The Baby' was back.

Once again, Butch Jones quickly challenged his team's physicality with a number of one-on-one physical challenges in the 'Tennessee Drill.' Jones particularly challenged his newcomers, with Jason Carr and Corey Vereen looking solid for a pair of the defensive players. Dylan Wiesman, A.J. Johnson and Brent Brewer also had wins in the circle, as did Zach Fulton over Mo Couch in an impressive display. Jordan Williams also notched a win and Marcus Jackson did work on Danny O'Brien.

When the Vols shifted into full team work, Jones' seemingly endless supply of sound effects once again were blaring across the loudspeakers --- including the crying baby that debuted in Jones' spring drills.

The Vols worked extensively on special teams, where Devrin Young and Marquez North both shined. North's stride and presence both stood out in the drill, as did his fluidity.

'Tennessee Tough' also was a staple of the early practice, with North battling well against JaRon Toney among other highlights.

The offense worked a number of passing plays against air in the 'orange zone,' and Jones implored his group of wideouts to cut down on drops. Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian also was very instructive in drills with both wideouts and tight ends.

Wearing green jerseys were Curt Maggitt and Christian Harris. In 'The Hole' doing exercises and no contact work were: Byron Moore, LaDarrell McNeil, Naz Oliver and Justin King from the defense. Freshman wideout Josh Smith was highly limited with a black brace on his right knee.

Johnny Majors and Jabari Davis were among the VFLs in attendance, as well as another NFL scout.

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 Wednesday before Tennessee's fourth session. Staff twitter handles are: @VolQuest_Rivals, @VolQuest_Paul, @VolQuest_Rob, @AustinPriceless, @John_BriceVQ and special contributor @GrantRamey.

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