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August 12, 2014

Quick HiTs: It's a sudden changes day

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was in his element Tuesday afternoon. His team is in full fall camp mode. It was hot outside and he dropped in some sudden change to start practice on Haslam Field.

Jones put his team immediately into 11-on-11 two-point conversion work with Pig Howard nearly making a circus, one-handed grab in the corner. Tight end Daniel Helm was unable to haul in a pass from Nathan Peterman. A bad snap forced a Justin Worley throw-away, which was actually a pretty heady play with pressure bearing down, and Justus Pickett ran one in.

Jones then immediately skipped to period eight red-zone work.

Worley made an early good play on a checkdown to Johnathon Johnson. Then he hit Marquez North on a fade on a great catch by North that was put where only North could catch it. North followed it up with a great block on a route to Devrin Young. The first team offense then scored on a run up the middle.

Leading the second unit, Peterman connected with Jason Croom for a fade touchdown that the official called in, but others suggested was out.

Peterman then made a nice play on a bad snap where he kept his composure and made a positive play with his feet, then connected with on a pass to Daniel Helm.

In Worley's second set of plays, it was a block by freshman Jashon Robertson that highlighted the work as he leveled defensive lineman Owen Williams. DeAndre Payne made a nice open field play on Jalen Hurd. A.J. Johnson stuffed the run. And Emmanuel Moseley used the sideline extremely well to defend a fade against Pig Howard.

Josh Dobbs' highlight came on a really well thrown ball that threaded the needle for a touchdown to Johnathon Johnson. Dobbs later scored on a bootleg where the defensive end lost containment.

DEFENSIVE NOTES

Derek Barnett, Corey Vereen, Jordan Williamsand Danny O'Brien were the first set of defensive linemen in the early two-point conversion drill. A.J. Johnson and freshman Dillon Bates were the linebackers in a particular defensive formation, with Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley at the corners, Brian Randolph and and Devaun Swafford at safeties and Justin Coleman at the nickel.

Dewayne Hendrix, Trevarris Saulsberry Michael Sawyers, LaTroy Lewis and Barnett rolled with the second group of defensive linemen. Kenny Bynum and Neiko Creamer were the linebackers and D'Andre Payne, Malik Foreman, Elliot Berry and Todd Kelly Jr. were among the second group at defensive back.

During later situational team work --- first-and-10 from the right hash at the 18-yard line, going in --- O'Brien rolled in for Owen Williams at defensive tackle.

After North leaped over Moseley for a touchdown in the opposite corner of the end zone on the well thrown ball by Worley, Jones barked some instructions to his defensive backs.

Sawyers rolled in for Saulsberry later in the drill and Rashaan Gaulden got work at right corner.

Ethan Wolf split LaDarrell McNeil and Todd Kelly Jr. for a touchdown on a crossing route, on a throw from Josh Dobbs.

Jones shouted that the offense was up 19-5 before AJ Johnson made a stop on a run up the middle towards the end of the drill.

"Very good," Jones shouted. "It's about time we said enough is enough." Jones was noting that the offense has lost most scrimmage situations against the defense.

OTHER

In other individual drills it was a physical day with one-on-one battles both with the tight ends and the offensive line against the defensive line and linebackers. The tight end unit continues to be a group showing a great deal of growth since the spring and looks totally different than a season ago.

Overall during the viewing period, the passing appeared so have some of it's best rhythm of the pre-season.

Derrell Scott and Jalen Reeves-Maybin continue to work on green non-contact jerseys. Kicker Aaron Medley continued to be limited in some early kick work as they continued to work all three elements of the kicking game and monitor the freshman's workload. Linebacker Curt Maggitt continues to not practice. Running back Marlin Lane did practice on Tuesday but was not a part of the early practice scrimmage work, and Vic Wharton also continued on a bit of a maintenance plan while Dylan Wiesman showed some encouraging signs as he tries to work back into the rotation. Mack Crowder also was limited as the physical toll of camp mounts a bit and coaches continue to be strategic with their few veterans.

Jacob Gilliam worked a good bit at right tackle, while Dontavius Blair worked at left tackle and Kyler Kerbyson got work at backup center. Marcus Jackson also has worked a good bit at backup center and show some natural ability there. Key in all of these scenarios continues to be the development of Robertson, who has embraced and flourished in his move from the defensive line to offensive guard. Robertson remains an incredibly strong member of the Vols' team, either side of the ball.

VolQuest.com has a photo gallery, video highlights and many other items, including Jones' reaction, as well as that of players, coming immediately after practice. We'll post updates to the General's Quarters, as well as our Twitter handles: @John_BriceVQ; @Brent_Hubbs; @VolQuest_Rob; @VolQuest_Paul; @GrantRamey; @AustinPriceless.


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