KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — One day after Butch Jones reopened the race for Tennessee’s starting quarterback job, he also decided to keep any secrets from leaking out about who the choice might be.
For the first time in recent memory, media were not allowed to video or photograph Tennessee’s practice on Tuesday. Jones allowed reporters to watch a small window of practice, but it offered no clue about the Vols’ quarterback race.
Unlike last week, when freshman Josh Dobbs worked with the scout team, all four quarterbacks were working out with the main unit.
Dobbs and fellow true freshman Riley Ferguson are pushing for playing time against starter Justin Worley and redshirt freshman backup Nathan Peterman.
* On the injury front, linebacker Dontavis Sapp and receivers Alton “Pig” Howard and Johnathan Johnson were back on the field for at least a portion of practice, but were still limited. Defensive tackle Trevarris Saulsberry, out at least three to six weeks with a knee injury, was not present.
* Tennessee played all the assorted Florida music that you’re familiar with from watching televised games at the Swamp. The music man did sneak in some 2 Chainz at the end, however.
* Jones continued his razzing of linebacker A.J. Johnson. Jones yelled through the mic, “You would have been a preferred walk-on at Florida….That’s better than (Justin) Coleman. He wasn’t even on their list.” Jones has offered creative motivational material for Johnson just about every week this season.
* The Vols’ scout team wore blue jerseys with a Gators logo added to their helmets.
* We’ll have more news and notes from Tennessee coach Butch Jones and assorted players later tonight.