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November 12, 2013

Quick HiTs: Vols tackle the issue

With a rare practice inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, Tennessee launched its final bye week of the 2013 season with a full-pads practice Tuesday afternoon.

The Vols worked extensively on fundamentals, and particularly on open-field tackling and working against ballcarriers in space. Additionally, the Vols logged a heavy volume of work in kickoff coverage with an animated Butch Jones barking orders, resetting drills and again taking his team back to the basics.

Tennessee appeared relatively healthy for the practice session, which is one of just three this week. The Vols next play host to Vanderbilt on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. inside Neyland Stadium.

Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson essentially had a 'maintenance' day while Brian Randolph, A.J. Branisel and LaDarrell McNeil all donned green, non-contact jerseys.

The Vols got more extensive work from backup quarterback Nathan Peterman and also saw Riley Ferguson take another step forward with more authoritative throws and plants off that injured right leg.

Tennessee returns to the practice field Wednesday afternoon and also has some work scheduled Thursday. The Vols will send a number of assistant coaches out this week on the recruiting trail.

Stay tuned to VolQuest.com this evening for a full lineup of coverage from the only Web site covering Tennessee athletics with extensive football and basketball coverage on the calendar. @VolQuest_Rob will be live at the Vols' hoops opener tonight at Xavier, while football stories will center on Joshua Dobbs, the defensive line, offensive line, Nathan Peterman and more recruiting coverage as well from @VolQuest_Staff, @VolQuest_Paul, @John_BriceVQ and contributor @GrantRamey.

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