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Tennessee football position preview: Linebackers will be helped by return of Curt Maggitt, A.J. Johnson

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The seventh in a series of position-by-position reviews of the Tennessee football team with an eye toward the start of spring practice in March.

A.J. Johnson talks to reporters after the Kentucky game (photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee A.J. Johnson‘s decision to return for his senior season in 2014 will give Tennessee two experienced leaders in the middle of the defense.

Curt Maggitt is back after missing all of 2013 as he recovered from ACL surgery.

Barring a huge surprise, Johnson and Maggitt will start. About two-thirds of the time, when UT is in nickel, there won’t be any need for a third linebacker. When the Vols are in a 4-3 set, there will be plenty of options to fill out the rotation.

Dontavis Sapp and converted safety Brent Brewer are the biggest losses from 2013. Four other longtime reserves are also moving on.

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‘Back-to-basics’ day at practice for the Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — In the first of two off-week practices open to the media, Tennessee spent extra time on special teams and other individual drills that might get squeezed out of practices during game weeks.

Head coach Butch Jones spent a lot of time with working the punt teams. He also watched a lot of the receivers. The good news: We saw very few drops — none by scholarship receivers — in drills that might have had a dozen in the spring.

In the “Circle of Life” one-on-one competitions, linebacker Kenny Bynum apparently beat running back Alden Hill, because Jones started calling him “Alden Bynum.”

Later, Jones called Hill “Mr. Personal Foul,” in reference the penalty called on him on the first play of the Georgia game. Hill responded by calling Jones, “Coach Unsportsmanlike Conduct” in reference to Jones’ penalty on the first play of the second half. Just kidding. That second part didn’t happen.

* On the music front, good selections from the Big Tymers and Young Jeezy today.

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Tennessee football practice quick hits: Shells on and intensity heats up

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Tennessee tight end Alex Ellis looks in a pass from the JUGS gun during a practice drill on Aug. 4, 2013 at Haslam Field in Knoxville. (Photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee players wore shells (shoulder pads and helmets) for their third practice on Sunday, so while full-pad hitting is still a couple of days away, there was room for a little more contact.

We’ll talk to players and coach Butch Jones when practice ends this evening. For now, here are some quick observations from the media viewing period.

* The first of several one-on-one competitions at midfield featured running back Alden Hill against linebacker Kenny Bynum. Because these scrums are surrounded by a wall of players, we didn’t see who won.

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