Vols Fall Camp Notes and Observations: 8-18-17

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    The Vols took the field on Friday for another session of fall camp practice. There was a big focus on the wide receivers and fundamentals today as Tennessee ramped up their competition across the board.

    Here’s what we saw at the Vols’ practice today.

    Notes

    • Freshman cornerback Shawn Shamburger became the third freshman to have his black stripe removed from his helmet today. He joins safety Theo Jackson and tight end LaTrell Bumphus.
    • Butch Jones stayed with the wide receivers for a large part of the open period of practice today and was intense in his coaching with the group. Jones and the rest of the coaches made sure to work on fundamentals and toughness with the young receivers.

    Observations

    We got to see a lot of wide receiver and quarterback work today. And I mean a lot. Butch Jones stayed over with the receivers and supervised their drills and their work with the quarterbacks as well as receivers coach Kevin Beard and offensive coordinator Larry Scott. Jones provided encouragement and critiques throughout the open portion of practice.

    Jauan Jennings continues to show his leadership on the field with the receiving group. He makes sure his voice is heard, and he does his best to improve the unit as a whole when teaching opportunities arise.

    John Kelly has some really, really good hands. He snagged a one-handed catch during pass catching drills today, and he’s showed off his hands before during other practices. The Vols have made a habit of using running backs in the passing game since Butch Jones arrived here, and Kelly is trying to show that he has what it takes to continue that.

    Tyler Byrd continues to impress me. Even when he makes mistakes, he quickly learns from them and is able to correct them. Brandon Johnson has also shown the knack for quick learning like Byrd.

    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.