KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — One day after an open session at Neyland Stadium, the Vols were back on the normal practice fields.
A heavy morning rain gave way to some sunshine, so Tennessee stayed outdoors for the workout.
The Vols will have one more practice on Monday before taking off Tuesday and Wednesday to get players ready for the start of school. (Although as Butch Jones would point out, there are no true off-days. They just won’t practice).
Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s session:
* Receiver Alton “Pig” Howard wore a green non-contact jersey but still went through many of the drills. Offensive lineman Dylan Wiesman joined the Hole after suffering an injury Saturday night. Running back Marlin Lane, receiver Ryan Jenkins, tight end Alex Ellis, defensive back Michael Williams and possibly others were there, too. Antonio “Tiny” Richardson joined midway through our viewing session. None of the injuries seem serious, and Jones has described most of them as “precautionary.” We’ll see if we can get an update on Wiesman later today.
Linebacker Curtis Maggitt was back in the green jersey, so Saturday’s apparent good news may have been a false alarm. (Maggitt didn’t play in the scrimmage part, so they may have figured a green jersey wasn’t necessary).
* Jones rode linebacker A.J. Johnson a bit today, calling him a “grabber,” who led the nation in tackles made five yards down field. (For the record, I don’t think that’s an actual stat.)
* Jones was also on nose guard Daniel McCullers. When Marvin Gaye‘s soul hit “Let’s Get It On” played over the loudspeakers, he said, “That’s your song, McCullers.”
* It was another rough day for the punting unit, particularly the second group, and Jones was especially critical of punter Matt Darr‘s get-off time.
* It was a great day for music, as they blared songs all through the individual drills, not just during stretch. We heard “Rosa Parks” by Outkast and “Tony Montana” by Future featuring Drake.
* We learned an interesting team rule tidbit over the microphone today: “No bars in season.” So if you see a player at the club, they’re probably not supposed to be there. Don’t twitpic it.