Practice Notes: Vols’ OL Shifts Again, Maurer Goes Through Drills

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    With Jahmir Johnson back practicing following a knee scope before the Florida game, Tennessee’s offensive line had a new rotation during Tuesday’s practice as the Vols continue to prepare for No. 1 Alabama.

    The first team offensive line from left to right consisted of Wanya Morris at left tackle, Johnson at left guard, Brandon Kennedy at center, Trey Smith at right guard, and Darnell Wright at right tackle. Smith has played at left guard primarily all season, so it’s noteworthy the staff has him switching sides to start practice this week.

    The second team offensive line consisted of Marcus Tatum at left tackle, Jerome Carvin at left guard, Ryan Johnson at center, Chris Akporoghene at right guard, and K’Rojhn Calbert at right tackle.

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    Riley Locklear was at practice, but he was watching during drills and didn’t participate. The junior suffered a head injury during the Georgia game that caused him to miss this past Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.

    Speaking of head injuries, Brian Maurer was practicing and going through drills as the first team quarterback on Tuesday. The true freshman also practiced Sunday night after suffering a concussion on Saturday against the Bulldogs.

    On the defensive side of the ball, freshman Quavaris Crouch was the first team inside linebacker alongside Daniel Bituli. Henry To’o To’o is suspended for the first half of Saturday’s game against Alabama due to a targeting call in the second half of the game against Mississippi State.

    The first team defensive line consisted of Matthew Butler, Greg Emerson, and Darel Middleton. LaTrell Bumphus worked on a bike during drills.

    In the secondary, Theo Jackson was back in the role of the starting safety next to Nigel Warrior following Trevon Flowers’ leg injury he sustained on Saturday. Jeremy Pruitt will likely have an update on the severity of Flowers’ injury when he meets with the media after practice on Wednesday.

    Ben McKee is a graduate from the University of Tennessee and has a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He covers Tennessee football, basketball, baseball, and the Lady Vols for RTI, and he's also the host of the 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.