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August 18, 2013

Quick HiTs: Another black-stripe gone; specialists challenged

Intense special teams work --- and a particularly challenging day for punter Matt Darr --- punctuated Tennessee's afternoon work Sunday on Haslam Field.

Just 15 hours after the Vols' open practice inside Neyland Stadium, they hit the field to enter an abbreviated week of work before game-week for the season opener Aug. 31 against Austin Peay begins in a week.

And first-year head coach Butch Jones was arguably even more demonstrative, more vocal than usual. Jones bellowed out "op-times" --- operational times for getting punts off --- to Darr and repeatedly implored the redshirt junior to get better, faster.

Jones also reminded players of various team rules, including 'no bars in season,' and told Dan McCullers that Sunday was a "hundred-thousand-dollar practice."

Rookie quarterback Joshua Dobbs became the latest newcomer to get his black helmet stripe removed, right on the heels of fellow freshman signal-caller Riley Ferguson.

Wearing green, non-contact jerseys were: Curt Maggitt, Brian Randolph, Pig Howard and Justin King. In the 'black hole' were: Jacques Smith, Dylan Wiesman, Paul Harris, Ryan Jenkins, Johnathon Johnson, Michael Williams and Alex Ellis. Junior left tackle Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson also worked on a rope drill in the 'hole' during a portion of practice.

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 Monday before the Vols conduct their afternoon practice, just one of two scheduled full practices this week as fall semester classes begin midweek on Rocky Top. Staff twitter handles are: @VolQuest_Rivals, @VolQuest_Paul, @VolQuest_Rob, @AustinPriceless, @John_BriceVQ and special contributor @GrantRamey.

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