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Tennessee football: Practice highlights and interviews from Day 1 (videos)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Vols will retake the field for their second practice of training camp at about 3:40 p.m. this afternoon.

In the meantime, check out our collection of videos from the first day, including some shots of newcomers Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and MarQuez North (above).

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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Signing Day 2013: After MarQuez North commitment, Tennessee still has 10 spots in class (updated projections)

vonn-bell-247.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — National Signing Day is still five days away, but after receiver MarQuez North committed to Tennessee Wednesday night, UT fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

The worst-case scenario — striking out on every major target — is off the table.

The best-case scenario — landing North, Vonn Bell AND Carl Lawson — is still a possibility.

And now Butch Jones and his staff have some recruiting momentum as they put the finishing touches on their first class at Tennessee.

(Photo of Vonn Bell above courtesy KNS partner 247 Sports)

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With a short tweet, elite WR MarQuez North puts Tennessee’s class on firmer ground (with video)

MarQueznorthnumbers.pngKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Sure, it’s only one player, but nationally ranked receiver MarQuez North is one of three prospects that will make or break Tennessee’s 2013 signing class.

(North’s 247 Composite Rankings are in the second row in the graphic above)
With one of the three players already in the fold — a full week before most expected him to announce his decision — Butch Jones is off to a good start.
If the Vols land defensive lineman Carl Lawson or safety Vonn Bell, the class will take another big leap. But fans can rest easier knowing that UT will get at least one of its elite targets, and get one at a position of great need.
Here’s how it went down tonight…

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Signing Day 2013: Updated odds for all of Tennessee’s targets

jaylen-miller-247.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — We made some minor changes to the list, tweaking a few percentages slightly. I also added four-star WR Shelton Richardson, a West Virginia commitment who I had forgotten to include on the first installment.

The Chongo Kondolo situation remains unclear. JC Shurburtt tweeted Monday that the juco offensive lineman had committed to the Vols, but apparently no one has been able to reach him to confirm that. Because of that, I don’t believe he has been added to the commitment list on either 247 or Rivals.

Defensive end Joe Sanders will soon be off the commitment list, as he is likely bound for juco or prep school. So, if Kondolo is actually in the fold, Tennessee has 17 commitments (including five early enrollees).

(Photo above is of Jaylen Miller, courtesy KNS partner 247)

The assumption had long been that Tennessee coaches would take the maximum they could sign (which is 27, including two counted back to 2012). That seems virtually impossible to happen now. Even if there are many fallback options waiting in the wings — and there may be — it’s hard to envision a scenario in which the Vols could get to 27. But we shall see. There’s still a week until National Signing Day.

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Signing Day 2013: Where does Tennessee stand on its remaining targets?

butch-jones-stadium-ut.jpgKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It’s risky to speak in absolutes when it comes to football recruiting, but the last few days before National Signing Day may go a long way in defining Tennessee‘s 2013 class — whether it’s seen as a success, a failure or somewhere in between.

It’s no stretch to say that the fate of the class hangs on three prospects — defensive end Carl Lawson, defensive back Vonn Bell and receiver MarQuez North. Getting just one player would be huge. Nabbing all three would represent a home run finish. Going 0-for-3 would make it tough to spin this class as anything other than a huge disappointment.

Think that’s hyperbole? None of the rest of Tennessee’s targets have the same star power and, even if they did, the Vols aren’t leading for most of them.

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