Tag Archives: Haslam Field

Tennessee football practice: Highlights from Thursday’s ‘grueling’ session (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Vols will go behind closed doors this weekend for their final preparations before the start of game week.

Tennessee plans to conduct a “mock game” Friday at Neyland Stadium. The weekly game-week press conference is Monday, which is when we expect to see a final depth chart released.

Thursday’s practice lasted nearly three hours. Read about it here and here. The highlights above are from the last open practice before game week on Thursday night. Watch in your highest available HD settings for best results.

Tennessee football practice: Quick review of Monday’s session

Don Mahoney, Tennessee

Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney instructs players during practice at Haslam Field on Aug. 5, 2013, in Knoxville. (Photos by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee did some team work in the early session of Monday afternoon’s practice. The brief window offered few concrete details, but did reinforce how difficult it is for freshmen quarterbacks to win a starting job in August.

We’ll have more after we talk to coach Butch Jones and players later this evening.

* Among the notable plays from our view of the team work was a bad snap by third-string center Dylan Wiesman, a freshman, that sent quarterback Riley Ferguson scrambling after the ball.

Ferguson later threw an interception right in the numbers of safety Tino Thomas.

Co-third-team quarterback Josh Dobbs didn’t fare better, as he dropped a snap that hit off his hands in the last play we saw of the team drills before we had to leave for the evening.

Continue reading

Tennessee’s Haslam Field getting post-spring turf makeover

Photo by ewoodbery

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When I tweeted out photos of the new turf being installed at Haslam Field, the Vols’ outdoor practice area, I received an almost universal response:

What are they doing with the old turf and how do I get some for my lawn?

I have a call in to UT turf guru Darren Seybold to ask that very question. (UPDATE: Here’s the full story on the turf change.) The question is especially pertinent because the grass at Haslam Field drew raves this spring for being absolutely gorgeous — despite winter weather that hung around longer than usual.

Continue reading