Notes: Vols Spring Practice 4/3

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    Photo Credit: Will Boling/RTI

    Tennessee was back on the practice field on Tuesday afternoon. These were also probably the best conditions the team has had through two weeks of being on the field. We were able to see lots of quarterback work today, including some of the defensive line as well.

    Here are a few notable observations we made during the fifteen minutes of action available to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

    • The tempo was quick today. Jarrett Guarantano was running up field following three throws during their routes against air today with the receivers. He looked sharp. His mechanics look a bit more smooth, and he’s also very vocal now. Guarantano coached Marquez Callaway on exactly how to run his routes a few times before he threw the ball.
    • There were a few too many balls on the ground today. A few miscommunications between the four quarterbacks and wideouts were part of the problem. From what I saw, only one of those included Guarantano. He had a nice deep ball to Callaway about 30-40 yards down the field.
    • Will McBride continues to get a lot of repetitions alongside Guarantano. He had a couple of nice throws today, including lots of quick timing routes. That was the emphasis — quick slants and timing patterns across the middle of the field. After two throws, every quarterback would run to the other end of the field to start the drill over.
    • The defensive linemen were working on combat-style drills in the open portion of practice. Tracy Rocker was intently focused on Kyle Phillips in one drill. He was working on hand-fighting at the line of scrimmage. Rocker was intense, right in the face of all of his guys when the drill concluded each time.
    • The offensive line worked in pairs from what we saw at practice. They were rarely lined up as five on the line of scrimmage, but they were more often than note lined up in a three on three set. One of the groups was Ryan Johnson-Riley Locklear-Drew Richmond, in that order from left to right. Marcus Tatum and Jerome Carvin worked in the other one.