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Wrapping up Friday’s scrimmage at Neyland Stadium (video, photos, .gifs)

Coach Butch Jones (right) talks to offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian before the scrimmage (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones dismissed his players on Friday with instructions to visit with family and get some rest. But he also told them to be ready for football when they return.

The Vols are now in the midst of an 10-day break from practices, but the final practice on Friday was a fearsome one.

Subscribers can read all about on GoVolsXtra or today’s News Sentinel. I’ll update our depth charts with a few tidbits gleaned from the scrimmage later today.

For now, check out some brief pre-scrimmage highlights and some photos and .gifs after the jump.

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Tennessee football practice: Scenes from Sunday’s special teams work (video)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — There was more harping on the punting unit in Sunday’s practice, although I managed to find a few “attaboys” in the video to balance out the negative stuff.

Will it be an adventure the first time Tennessee has to punt the football? I don’t think so. Most of the problems are on the second team. Butch Jones is a stickler for details on special teams, so even the second unit probably isn’t as bad as it might seem.

Also included in the video are comments from Jones and Brian Randolph, some outstanding hip-hop selections from the Haslam Field DJ and photos of puppies. But you have to make it to the end for that.

Tennessee football practice: Observations from Saturday morning scrimmage

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — There’s a nice symmetry to August. A bad performance by a unit one day is usually followed by a bounce-back performance the next afternoon.

Sometimes the coaches orchestrate the ups and downs. But on Saturday morning, the defense’s dominance appeared genuine.

In a wide-ranging, hour-long situational and special teams scrimmage at Haslam Field, the Vols defense clearly won the day.

Or at least the morning. There will be another scrimmage this evening at Neyland Stadium. Don’t be surprised if the offense looks better.

Plenty of meaty observations today…

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Tennessee football practice: Highlights from Friday night

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Friday afternoon was the hottest day of camp for the Tennessee Vols. Then it started pouring rain, and the team went inside — where it was even more miserably stuffy.

Butch Jones said he liked the heat — and wanted more of it.

You can enjoy the practices from the comfort of your air-conditioned home in these videos. Check ’em out.

Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Vols prepare for 2-scrimmage day

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Tennessee football team will have its first two-a-day session on Saturday, later than most of its SEC peers.

The academic calendar at UT pushes the summer session well into camp, which makes two-a-days almost impossible until classes and exams wrap up.

Butch Jones and the Vols will make the most of their opportunities on Saturday, going with a special teams scrimmage in the morning session and a situational scrimmage at Neyland Stadium in the evening. Read all about it here.  We’ll have full coverage on the blog and GoVolsXtra.

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Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Scenes from the sidelines

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The latest installment of images from Tennessee’s football practice is here.

If you want to see these images more quickly, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram. Also, be sure to check out our practice videos from the first three workouts. If possible, watch them in HD settings for best quality.

Monday’s practice starts at about 4:30 p.m., which means we’ll have post-practice updates beginning at about 7 or so.

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Tennessee football practice: Video highlights from Day 3

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — After three consecutive days of practice in the hot sun, the Vols are starting to get sore and tired and players could be excused for being a bit cranky.

But coach Butch Jones continued to be pleased with the team’s effort on Sunday.

“I challenged our leadership; I put them in stressful situations. For the most part I thought they responded,” he said.

The Vols resume practice for a fourth day in a row at about 4:40 p.m. on Monday. For now, check out the video above from Day 3.

#PracticeGram: Scenes from Tennessee football this weekend

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It’s back by popular demand.

Our Tennessee football #PracticeGram will provide an unfiltered (and sometimes slightly filtered) view from the sidelines.

Check out the photo gallery below and follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see it live.

For some even better photos by professionals, check out photo galleries on GoVolsXtra.

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Tennessee practice wrap: Butch Jones says Vols answered call on 2nd day

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee coach Butch Jones was critical of his team’s intensity after Friday’s camp opener, but he was much more upbeat Saturday night — even if his lost voice still hadn’t returned.

“Today was very productive,” he said. “This group is extremely prideful.”

Jones singled out the freshmen wide receivers for praise, saying the group had “improved our football team” from the spring.

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John Jancek wants the Vols to take mentality of Navy SEALs on defense


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — What do the Navy SEALS have to do with Tennessee’s 2013 defense?

First-year coordinator John Jancek said he hopes the Vols’ work with the SEALs can help instill a sense of resilience when things go wrong.  

In 2012, the Vols’ defense was ranked 107th in the nation and was victimized routinely by big plays.

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