WATCH: Tennessee Football Spring Practice Highlights

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    After a successful start to spring camp on Tuesday, Tennessee was back on the football field bright and early on Thursday morning.

    The Vols will be going through spring camp over the course of late March and early April with the next practice coming up on Saturday morning.

    It’s quite fascinating to look at the differences between last year’s spring camp and this one. And naturally, for all the reasons that one would assume. Tennessee’s ability to field a full roster this year, as opposed to the constant navigating that was happening due to the transfer portal last year, is already a huge sign of improvement and an area that Tennessee can benefit from. Not having to go through so many introductory steps has given head coach Josh Heupel and his staff the chance to really nail down this part of the offseason, preparing the players for this fall.

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    Another seemingly obvious benefit this year that has already been seen is having a starting quarterback going into the year. Make no mistake about it, barring injuries, Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will be back behind center this fall with hopes of leading the Vols to Atlanta and beyond. Instead of having to fit the right pieces together to find a quarterback, Tennessee knows exactly who it will be this time. That should certainly allow many more specific changes and improvements to the offense, while still allowing the rest of the quarterback room space to learn and watch.

    As mentioned before, Tennessee will be back on the practice field on Saturday morning. Following Tennessee’s practice, offensive coordinator Alex Golesh will have an opportunity to meet with the media to discuss his early impressions of the Vols’ offensive players and weapons. Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider this weekend for more coverage there.

    Below are the practice highlights from Thursday morning in Knoxville. Missed the first practice highlights? No need to worry – we have them right here.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.