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GVX Reporter’s Notebook: Vols’ emphasis on tackling, special teams on Tuesday (with video)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee allowed two touchdowns returns on special teams in a loss to Auburn on Saturday, so it wasn’t surprising that special teams was a heavy emphasis during the media practice viewing period on Tuesday.

Of course, special teams is always heavily emphasized during practice, which is one of the many reasons Saturday’s special teams disaster was so surprising.

Butch Jones emphasized violent thuds and wrapping up returners during one drill on Tuesday.

There were no obvious new injuries aside from the usual group that is playing through lingering injuries.

We’ll have more later tonight after interviews with Jones and players.

Tennessee quarterbacks warm up before practice on Nov. 12, 2013. (photo by Evan Woodbery)

GVX Reporter’s Notebook: Butch Jones continues quest to root out ‘softness’ (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones suggested a “fan poll” on Wednesday for the athletic department’s official website: “Who is softer? Player A or Player B?”

(He actually named his culprits, but we’ll leave that part out).

The only meaningful tidbit from our brief viewing period was seeing receiver Alton “Pig” Howard in a green, non-contact jersey. Howard appeared to be going through practice normally, so the jersey was probably just precautionary. Freshman tight end A.J. Branisel and safety Brian Randolph also wore green on Wednesday.

Branisel and Johnathon Johnson caught passes in the team period we saw.

Assistant coaches talk to reporters after practice today. Jones will be on Vol Calls tonight.

Here’s the video from Tuesday’s practice session:

Tennessee football practice report (video)


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Check out the video above for a brief look at our brief viewing period on Wednesday.

Quarterback Justin Worley was at practice, sporting a cast on his hand and a sling on his arm.

Butch Jones offered a curious comment on the mic, telling players to turn on the TV tonight at 8 p.m. for “inspiration.”

Was he referring to the World Series?

WWE Main Event?

An all-new episode of Survivor?

UPDATE: We’ve found a possible answer. Cincinnati plays Memphis tonight. I’m still going to watch the World Series.

We’ll talk to assistants after practice this evening. Check here and my Twitter for any updates.

And don’t make fun of the video too much. It’s a work in progress.