Tennessee took the practice field again on Thursday, this time for the second-straight day in full pads. For practice No. 6 of Tennessee’s fall camp, the media was only allowed to see two periods of practice.
Staff writer Ben McKee was on the scene to take in as much as he could during the open portion of the Vols’ practice today.
The five-man offensive line drill provided the same lineup we’ve seen through the first couple of practices. Wanya Morris was at left tackle, followed by Trey Smith at left guard, Brandon Kennedy at center, K’rojhn Calbert at right guard, and Marcus Tatum at right tackle. The second unit, from left to right, consisted of Jahmir Johnson, Jarious Abercrombie, Ryan Johnson, Jerome Carvin, and Darnell Wright.
At tight end, Brian Niedermeyer wasn’t happy with the group’s effort during the two-man sled drill. Niedermeyer didn’t like how the players were finishing their reps and made the group do up-downs because of it. Austin Pope caught the majority of the criticism from both Niedermeyer and Jim Chaney for not finishing.
The wide receivers began practice working on high-pointing the football under the watchful eye of Tee Martin. Meanwhile, the quarterbacks worked on handoffs with the running backs.
The quarterbacks then rotated over for routes-versus-air. It’s evident, at least in the open portion of practice, that the coaches are force-feeding Brian Maurer and JT Shrout reps in hopes of finding a backup. Jarrett Guarantano would go through the drill first, but then Maurer and Shrout would take the rest of the reps in the drill.
It was a pretty clean session in general as very few balls hit the ground.
Defensively, the inside linebackers worked on wrapping up with a fellow backer. Junior linebacker Will Ignont was nowhere to be found during the drill. As a result of Ignont’s absence, freshman linebacker Henry To’oto’o took first team reps along side senior linebacker Daniel Bituli.
I didn’t get to see much of the defensive backs, but of what I did see, Shawn Shamburger received reps as the first team STAR position.
The outside linebackers worked with Chris Rumph on pass-rushing drills while the defensive line also focused on keeping tight, getting to the quarterback, and stripping the ball. Savion Williams had to re-do the drill twice. Tracy Rocker was pleased with reps from Elijah Simmons, Aubrey Solomon, John Mincey, and Greg Emerson.