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August 13, 2013

Quick HiTs: Vols battle through elements, noises, more

Battling through a brief but intense rain shower and myriad sound effects, Tennessee returned to Haslam Field Tuesday afternoon in a single workout set between two days of two-a-days.

With blaring horns, an extremely noisy crying baby and music and the sound of blaring car alarms, the Vols were placed into sudden-change situations across much of practice. The first-team offense was granted possession at the 19-yard line and threatened to score a touchdown but a Brendan Downs drop on third-and-short stalled the drive, which Michael Palardy capped with a field goal.

The second-team offense got rolling in a hurry when Devrin Young took a reverse, hurdled Vincent Dallas and was ruled to have scored a touchdown around left end. Moments later, rookie Malik Foreman made a strong tackle of Young on a pass in the right flat.

Jones was in rare form --- which is to say he was in usual form. The Vols' head coach barked at numerous players, including Josh Smith. Jones challenged Smith to protect the ball better and Jones bellowed, "You're not playing Knoxville high school football anymore. This isn't Knox Catholic --- and if it was, Alex Jones (the coach's oldest son) would be working the strip."

Junior college tight end Woody Quinn also continued to be challenged by Jones.

Depth chart wise, Smith and Marquez North continue to get the bulk of the first team reps at wideout along with Pig Howard in the slot.

Defensively Danny O'Brien and Jason Carr got most of the work at second team defensive tackle.

There were some impressive efforts in one-on-one work as well. Young really stood out as a hard guy to get a hand on. Josh Smith also showed some elusiveness as did Justus Pickett.

Defensively Devaun Swafford held up very well as did LaDarrell McNeil, both of them making some big hits and multiple sure tackles in a drill that simply pits a defender and ball carier against one another in a narrow space.

In green jerseys were: Curt Maggitt, Alex Ellis, Justin King, Marlin Lane and Mo Couch. Redshirt freshman defensive back Michael Williams worked in the 'black hole' with a sling on his right arm as he continues to come back from a shoulder injury that has Williams considered day-to-day at this moment. Paul Harris had worked free of his boot but still wasn't a full participant. Riyahd Jones walked onto the field at one point to encourage teammates and did not have crutches but still had a limp and had his knee in black medical wrap.

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 Saturday morning before the Vols conduct their first two-a-day practices, including a night scrimmage. Staff twitter handles are: @VolQuest_Rivals, @VolQuest_Paul, @VolQuest_Rob, @AustinPriceless, @John_BriceVQ and special contributor @GrantRamey.


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