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Practice Notes: Offensive Lineman Out of Drills

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The media got its last view of the Vols on Wednesday before their game against Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.

There weren’t any major revelations during practice, though senior center Brandon Kennedy was not going through drills with the offensive line. Kennedy was dressed out, but he didn’t participate in drills today. Elsewhere along the offensive line, both Jahmir Johnson and Trey Smith were going through drills with an ankle taped up. Riley Locklear was in attendance and dressed, but he was not working through drills. Pruitt mentioned on the SEC coaches teleconference on Wednesday that Locklear is likely a “game-time decision” for the Vols on Saturday.

Wanya Morris worked at left tackle, Smith worked at left guard, Ryan Johnson worked at center, Chris Akporoghene worked at right guard, and Darnell Wright worked at right tackle.

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At quarterback, Brian Maurer continued to take the first team reps. When the quarterbacks worked with the running backs on hand-offs, Jarrett Guarantano was second through drills. But during routes-versus-air, JT Shrout took the second rep of each drill. Guarantano had a couple of bad throws while Maurer looked good. The freshman is in line to make his second career start this weekend.

Freshman Jerrod Means was back at wide receiver after missing Tuesday’s practice. Senior Brandon Johnson was working with the scout team.

Quavaris Crouch continued to work with the second team at inside linebacker after moving to the position this week. Crouch was third through drills while JJ Peterson was last. Tennessee worked on different blitz packages that had Daniel Bituli, Henry To’o To’o, Darrell Taylor, and Crouch all on the field at the same time.

In the secondary, Warren Burrell was practicing. Pruitt said on Wednesday that Burrell is likely to play on Saturday against Mississippi State, as is defensive lineman Aubrey Solomon.

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