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Tennessee football practice: Goodbye Daniel McCullers, Hello Dan McCullers

Butch Jones says we should be grilling out today.

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The pre-practice stretch period is a time when Butch Jones usually imparts serious messages. So there was a look of mild concern among players when he announced, “I want you to know, I cut somebody today.”

He was met by silence.

“Do you know who I cut?”

More silence.

“Look around and see who’s missing.”

Finally, players caught on. No. 98 Daniel McCullers was gone.

In his place, was No. 63.

“I want everyone to welcome No. 63, Dan McCullers to the team,” Jones said.

Everyone started clapping. The media put down their rosters and stopped  hunting for a missing player.

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Tennessee football practice: Vols return after a 2-day break

Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie at practice on Aug. 22, 2013. (Photo by Evan Woodbery)

Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie at practice on Aug. 22, 2013. (Photo by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — After 48 hours away from the practice fields, players returned on Thursday to higher expectations from coach Butch Jones.

“Nice and fresh!” he yelled. “You oughtta be nice and fresh.”

We’ll find out later if Jones noticed any rejuvenation. For now, here are some post-practice notes:

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Tennessee football practice: Notes from Sunday’s session at Haslam Field

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Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley takes a snap in practice on Aug. 18, 2013 at Haslam Field in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — One day after an open session at Neyland Stadium, the Vols were back on the normal practice fields.

A heavy morning rain gave way to some sunshine, so Tennessee stayed outdoors for the workout.

The Vols will have one more practice on Monday before taking off Tuesday and Wednesday to get players ready for the start of school. (Although as Butch Jones would point out, there are no true off-days. They just won’t practice).

Here’s what we learned from Sunday’s session:

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Tennessee football practice video: Highlights from Monday morning’s session


KNOXVILLE, TennesseeButch Jones offered an homage to the Harlem Globetrotters on Monday morning.

In an otherwise intense and testy morning practice, a drill that is more often seen on the basketball court offered a little bit of levity.

Jones took it seriously, though. Much like the similar drill in basketball, players had to call out the name of the person they were passing to. When Jones told them to speed up the tempo, there were some drops.

The Harlem Globetrotters theme music in the background offers a nice touch. Check out the video above, and view it in the highest available HD setting for best results.

Tennessee football practice: Observations from Saturday morning scrimmage

Tyler Coombes on the blocking dummy.

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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: As dusk falls, Vols go one-on-one

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Vols receivers work on their hands during a JUGS gun drill in practice on Tuesday. (Photos by Evan Woodbery)

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The Vols went through “Tennessee tough” drills this evening, which are usually some sort of one-on-one blocking or tackling drills.

In most cases, there’s a well-defined winner and loser. (Alas, most of the drills were obscured by players and not in an ideal video-shooting area.).

My favorite part came when walk-on defensive lineman Charles Folger was matched with freshman Brett Kendrick for a one-on-one drill. I’m not sure if he was being serious or sarcastic, but Folger called for Antonio “Tiny” Richardson to go against him. Tiny’s response: “You ain’t ready for me. Take the freshman, boy.”

The horn sounded just before Folger and Kendrick were to go against each other, much to the disappointment of Folger. 

We’ll have more notes and quotes from coaches, plus more photos and videos, late tonight and Wednesday morning.

* The camp gods giveth and taketh away. On Monday, freshman receiver Josh Smith was working with the first team. A day later, he was the lone player in the “Hole,” the fenced area for rehabbing injured players.

* In receiver drills, we saw a couple of really nice catches by Jason Croom and a good one by Devrin Young. Rough day for Paul Harris.

We’ll get some perspective from receivers coach Zach Azzanni after practice.

Tennessee football #PracticeGram: Images from Monday’s practice

UT quarterback Nayhan Peterman.

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee’s practice on Monday was the first time we got to see significant 11-on-11 work with our own eyes.

We could see some more on Tuesday night when the Vols don full pads and practice for the fifth time.

In the meantime, here are some images from Day 4 of camp.

Freshman Dylan Wiesman limbering up.

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