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Freshman Malik Foreman now top kick returner for Vols

Malik Foreman (UT photo)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — When receiver Vincent Dallas left the football program last week, it opened up a spot on Tennessee’s kickoff return team.

True freshman cornerback Malik Foreman will get first crack at the job.

Foreman is listed with JaRon Toney in the Vols’ new depth chart.

There were no other changes.

Devrin Young, who started the season as the top kickoff returner, is expected to return to practice this week. He broke a bone in his hand early in the season.

Dallas averaged 22.2 yards on 13 returns this year. His long return was 36 yards.

At Tennessee and elsewhere, nickel becoming the new normal

JaRon Toney

JaRon Toney

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — I’ve spent too much of the last 48 hours with a remote in hand, meticulously reviewing the Tennessee-Austin Peay snap by snap.

I don’t recommend it, although my task should get easier in future games when the Vols don’t empty the bench at halftime.

A complete statistical report, including player participation counts for the entire roster, is available to News Sentinel subscribers on GoVolsXtra here.

One of the most eye-opening things about the game is just how often UT uses a nickel defense — five defensive backs.

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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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Tennessee football practice: First day for Butch Jones’ crew

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — A steamy late afternoon practice at Haslam Field is in the books.

Here are some hastily assembled observations from the open media session. We’ll have more after we talk to players and coaches in a few minutes…

* We saw a lot of veterans trying to help out the younger players. In particular I noticed Jacob Carter helping out some of the freshmen. When freshman Ryan Jenkins messed up on a drill, receivers coach Zach Azzanni said something like, “It’s not your fault,” and implied that players needed to help each other along in the drills.

* Freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs looks a lot more like a football player when he’s in a jersey. He looked incredibly skinny when he was on the sidelines watching practice in street clothes this spring, and he could still add some pounds. But he didn’t look out of place among the other quarterbacks.

* As for Dobbs and fellow freshmen Riley Ferguson, I don’t think we saw enough in Day 1 to register any sort of informed opinion. They weren’t asked to do a lot — at least not while we watching.

* We saw a lot of young guys working on fielding returns, including receiver Josh Smith and defensive back Malik Foreman.

* Walk-on running back Justus Pickett, a Maryland transfer, was working out with his teammates. We’ll see if we get any clarification on his status this weekend.

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As Tennessee football starts new year, a look back at the news you may have missed over the holidays

butch-jones-presser2.JPGKNOXVILLE, Tennessee —  The holidays are over, which means in a few days it will be back to school and back to work for Tennessee‘s football team.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year’s celebration.

Let’s recap some of the stuff that happened during the break.

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