Tennessee receiver Drae Bowles bobbles and nearly catches a pass in practice on Friday. (photos by Evan Woodbery)
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s football team went through the second day of training camp on Saturday at Haslam Field.
The weather cooperated again. Those summer thunder showers that seem to strike every afternoon have stayed away.
We’ll have more after the post-practice interviews, including notes and quotes from players and coaches. For now, a few quick thoughts.
* The receivers, as a whole, look better than they did in the spring. Part of the reason is that there are simply more of them, so more reps are going to scholarship players. Freshman Paul Harris has clearly improved. Justin Croom has looked fairly sharp. Among the newcomers, I’m not sure anyone has stood out. MarQuez North and Josh Smith have both struggled with stuff at times, but also have shown promise.
* Linebacker/tight end/fullback Justin King was in the injury cage again today, although based on some of the physical work he was doing, I can’t imagine he’ll be there for long. He was joined by linebacker Christian Harris.
* Receiver Cody Blanc was responsible for “winning” the opening part of practice for the offense by catching a short pass in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown.
Otherwise, I’m not sure they’re “keeping score” of these early practices like they were in the spring. If they are, they’re certainly not advertising the winners and losers. We may see some more hitting and Oklahoma drills later in camp. (Or given the precarious depth in some areas, maybe we won’t).
* We heard Butch call out Daniel McCullers for the first time this camp. (See the story about him in today’s paper). But while he left tight end Woody Quinn — Friday’s whipping boy — alone, he did target two freshmen tight ends for walking. “Coach Mark Elder,” he yelled over the mic to the tight ends coach. “Your two freshmen are walking!”