Practice Notes: Vols’ Prepare for Gators

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    Photo by Jake Nichols/RTI

    It was a typical day of practice for the Vols on Tuesday afternoon at the football facility. As Tennessee prepared for the Gators, sophomore corner Bryce Thompson continued to practice with the Vols despite his troubles off the field. Thompson was at the back of the line during drills.

    Jeremy Banks, while not nearly as big a deal, also had troubles off the field over the weekend. Banks was arrested early Sunday morning after being pulled over for making an illegal U-turn because he had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear at a previous court date. The sophomore inside linebacker was practicing Tuesday with Will Ignont as the second-team linebackers. Daniel Bituli and Henry To’oto’o were running as the starters.

    Bituli and inside linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer went back-and-forth during the drill. Sherrer wasn’t pleased with a couple of Bituli’s reps.

    At outside linebacker, Darrell Taylor and John Mincey were the first pair through drills on the sleds. Roman Harrison and Quavaris Crouch were the second team outside linebacker while Deandre Johnson and Kivon Bennett. Darel Middleton worked in with Crouch.

    Outside linebackers coach Chris Rumph worked one-on-one with Crouch and Harrison, specifically with their hand placements when taking on blocks.

    Along the defensive line, Matthew Butler and Aubrey Solomon were first through drills on the two-man sled. Kurott Garland and Ja’Quain Blakely ran second, while Savion Williams and Greg Emerson were third.

    Offensively, the O-line went through drills in which they were working on blocking during draw-plays. It was the usual lineup, with the only noticeable change being that Marcus Tatum was working at left tackle with Jahmir Johnson and Wanya Morris.

    The tight ends also spent all of the open period of practice blocking, as they typically do. Dominick Wood-Anderson was at practice after missing last Tuesday’s practice with a foot infection.

    At running back, Tim Jordan was working second ahead of Eric Gray. JT Shrout received the majority of the reps behind Jarrett Guarantano.

    As the media was leaving practice, the team began to work on their two-minute drill. Crowd noise and the Florida fight song was piped in over the speakers.

    Ben McKee
    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He grew up an Army brat and lived in Alabama for a bit, but he bleeds orange. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also a co-host on the RTI Live Show and RTI Podcast. You can also hear Ben on the morning sports radio show "The Swain Event." He's the producer and co-host along with former Vol wide receiver Jayson Swain.