Some notes and observations from the practice field on Tuesday afternoon:
It was a pretty short day in terms of media availability at Tennessee’s practice on Tuesday.
After an explosive comeback on Saturday, Butch Jones is doing everything he can to make sure that this team stays hot heading into Athens on Saturday.
Josh Dobbs and Sheriron Jones were both evident leaders in terms of that fast-paced tempo.
Baylen Buchanan and Emmanuel Moseley both wore green, non-contact jerseys during practice. Those are expected to be precautionary, with limited depth at the corner position. Buchanan and Justin Martin continue to battle for the vacancy left by Cam Sutton.
On the Line
Chance Hall was obviously a major factor in the head-turning performance by the Vols’ offensive line against the Gators. The unit, now headlined by Brett Kendrick, Jack Jones, Dylan Wiesman, Jashon Robertson, and Hall allowed only one sack in that game. Coleman Thomas is working against an ankle injury and still has the ability to make an impact. Drew Richmond continues to grow and improve his footwork. With the turnaround that the new unit had, it’s difficult to see those names change barring some type of emergency.
Nathan Niehaus had a really nice practice. Coach Mahoney had some loud verbal praise for the freshman from Colerain.
Charles Mosley called out Alexis Johnson for the circle of life drill and managed to handle Johnson during the first couple of reps, but ended up on the ground during the final rep.
Where are they now?
There has been some buzz about several players that once saw decent playing time, and seemed to be absent during the Florida Gators’ execution.
Jalen Reeves-Maybin is expected to start against the Bulldogs on Saturday. Preston Williams wasn’t a big part of the game plan on Saturday, so he’ll be a player to keep an eye on going forward.
Jonathan Kongbo was seen receiving full reps in practice Tuesday. With Dimarya Mixon making some plays in Saturday’s game, that position has become even more competitive.
Earlier this week, Darrin Kirkland Jr. was called “questionable to doubtful” for the game in Athens. Colton Jumper is expected to hold that starting position following his best performance to date.