Monthly Archives: April 2013

Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Images from Thursday’s session

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Cody Blanc has a knack for showing up in my Instagram photos.

I’m not trying to focus on him (or his drops or catches), but the best photos tend to come with the ball in the air, and Blanc has had to run down some tough ones. 

Check out all the #PracticeGram photos below. If you want to be bombarded with them all at once, follow me on Instagram. You can also view the photos directly on my tumblr page.

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Receivers struggle in Tennessee spring practice No. 11: View from sidelines (updated)

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee
— It’s no surprise that Tennessee’s receivers corps is rebuilding after losing two potential first-round receivers, but the problems may be more dire than expected.

I’ve never claimed to be a football guru. I don’t try to analyze a lineman’s technique or comment on a quarterback’s release point. But sometimes the conclusions are obvious even for amateurs like me: Tennessee’s receivers have a LONG way to go.

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen more drops in a single practice viewing period. Devrin Young and Alton “Pig” Howard had rough days. Receivers coach Zach Azzanni was even critical at times of the normally stalwart Cody Blanc. The one exception? Jason Croom. There’s little doubt he has been the most consistent receiver, and certainly over the last week or two.

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James Franklin, in testy exchange on Nashville radio, doesn’t back down from ‘settling in life’ comment

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Vanderbilt coach James Franklin went on a Nashville radio station this week apparently expecting a softball interview about the Commodores’ upcoming spring game.

Instead, as you can hear for yourself, the interview on the Midday 180 show on 104.5 The Zone turned contentious about midway through.

Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow and Paul Kuharsky are identified as hosts on the show’s Twitter page. Update: A reader tells me that Kuharsky is the host who will not take evasion for an answer.

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Tennessee football roundup (with video and photos)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Contending with distractions was one of the themes of Tuesday’s practice. Let’s hope, for the sake of our eardrums, that coach Butch Jones moves on to a new topic when the Vols reconvene on Thursday.

If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, check out the video above. Just make sure your volume isn’t too high. If you’re at work or without headphones, you can check out our photos from the day instead.

Here’s the rest of our recent football coverage in the News Sentinel and GoVolsXtra:

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Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Images from Tuesday’s practice

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — That beautiful image of Haslam Field is brought to you through the magic of digitally altered photography.

Instagram filters aside, it was a gorgeous day Tuesday when the Vols took the practice field for their 10th session of the spring.

Check out all the #PracticeGram photos below. If you want to be bombarded with them all at once, follow me on Instagram. You can also view the photos directly on my tumblr page.

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Butch Jones invites distractions — baby crying, car alarm wailing — during practice: View from the sidelines (updated)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones promised a few random — and annoying — practice distractions during his pre-spring press conference. 

On Tuesday morning, he delivered.

A baby crying. A siren screeching. An airplane taking off. A car alarm wailing incessantly.

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A closer look at Tennessee’s big losses looming on offensive, defensive lines

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — With five months left before the 2013 season kicks off, it seems vastly premature to look ahead to 2014.

But we did anyway. And if you think this season’s roster presents some challenges, you don’t want to look ahead to 2014.

The biggest attrition is on the lines. The defense line will lose six players to graduation after 2013; the offensive line is losing at least four.

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Roundup from Tennessee’s scrimmage day: Stories, video, photos and more

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s second scrimmage of the spring football season is in the books.

The Vols will have two days to study the results before returning to practice on Tuesday. The Vols have five practice sessions remaining before the April 20 Orange and White game.

Here is all of our coverage from today, including the video above (watch in HD for best quality).

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Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Photos from Saturday’s scrimmage

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Our award-winning* #PracticeGram feature is back for another day. 

I have a new app on my phone that makes it easy to get frame-by-frame captures, and I went sort of crazy on the sidelines.

My favorite sequence is above and below. Cody Blanc goes up for a pass from Justin Worley, but it zips over or through his hands.

And comes shooting right toward me (below). Luckily I flinched just in time to avoid it hitting me in the, uh, midsection.

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